Tús is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people throughout Ireland. The work done benefits the community and are provided by not-for-profit community and voluntary organisations.

Since 2011 Southside Partnership DLR has managed up to 14 Tús teams in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. In 2015 alone just over 280 local unemployed people participated on this community work placement initiative which helped them to update their CVs, gain new skills and break some of the bad habits and patterns associated with exposure to long-term unemployment.

As well as running some work specific teams such as our Care & Repair and Computer Training teams, in partnership with Age Action Ireland, and our Community Digital Media team, we also have up to 100 active community and voluntary groups within the county hosting Tús participants and benefiting from their hard work and commitment. There are a wide variety of placements available for those participating on the programme including, caretaking, administration, gardening, childcare, project work, tidy towns operative, mini-bus drivers and reception to name but a few.

Unemployed people who are eligible to participate in the scheme are selected and contacted by the Department of Social Protection who then put them forward for placement. A limited number of places can also be filled through ‘self-selection’ by unemployed people who are eligible and interested in specific local positions.

To find out more about our Tús Community Work Placement Initiative opportunities for individuals or to enquire about possible placements with your organisation please contact our Tús Project Leader, Marian White, phone 01 706 0100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Care & Repair

Do you have a small repair job that you would like some help with? Southside Partnership DLR, your local community development company, in association with Age Action Ireland, is pleased to announce a free Care & Repair Service in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area.

A suitable ‘job’ for us to help with is one that you expect will take up to two hours max. and might include a garden tidy-up, replacing light bulbs, fitting door chains or smoke alarms, putting up shelves or moving light pieces of furniture to another room.

Our staff will provide a helping hand with a variety of small tasks that an older person may find difficult. To find out more please contact our Care & Repair office in Ballybrack on (01) 44 55 450 or email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Introduction to Care & Repair video



Useful Links:     

Tús         www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Tús_holder.aspx