Tús/Rural Social Scheme


The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas.

Type of projects

All the work carried out by participants in the Tús scheme will be community-based. The types of project eligible for the scheme may include:

  • Environmental services (for example, conservation and maintenance of national walkways)
  • Caring services (for example, childcare, care of older people)
  • General community services (for example, newsletters or information provision for communities)
  • Heritage and cultural services (for example, local heritage project)
  • Para-educational services (for example, community playgroups)

Any Community Group wishing to apply to be a work placement sponsor please complete the following form:


Rural Social Scheme

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen/women. To qualify for the RSS you must be getting a social welfare payment. In return, people participating in the RSS provide services that benefit rural communities. If you wish to apply please contact us to discuss the criteria.

What type of work is carried out by people participating in the Scheme?

The type of work carried out by RSS participants includes:

  • Maintaining and enhancing various walking routes (that is, waymarked ways, agreed walks) and bog roads
  • Energy conservation work for older people and those at risk of poverty
  • Village and countryside enhancement projects
  • Social care and care of older people
  • Community care for pre-school and after-school groups
  • Environmental maintenance work – maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities
  • Projects relating to not-for-profit cultural and heritage centres
  • Community administration or clerical work
  • Any other appropriate community-based project




Rural Social Scheme (RSS)

Vacancies countywide in Clare

RSS is aimed at individuals over 25 who are in receipt of a social welfare payment


  • farmers
  • fishermen/women
  • or family members of farmers/fishermen/women
  • (spouses/partners/sons/daughters/brothers/sisters)

Participants work with local community groups for 19.5 hours per week based on a farmer/fisher-friendly schedule.

The minimum weekly payment is currently €220.50


For more information please contact :

Paula, Áine or Aoife

Clare Local Development on

065 6866800 or info@cldc.ie

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