The Tús Programme is a community Work placement initiative that is delivered nationally throughout Ireland.

Tús aims to provide quality work placements for people who are unemployed and on the live register. Participants will gain valuable experience in the workplace, learn new skills and become re-accustomed with the routine of work.

Participant Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the scheme, you must meet the following participant eligibility criteria.
• Be continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and “signing” on a full-time basis.
• Be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for at least 12 months.
• Be currently in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance at the time of Selection for Tús.
Please note that 70% of our participants are identified by the Department of Social Protection, while the remainder 30% come forward through the Assisted/Self-Referral process.

See What We Do

Letterkenny Road – completion of project 1
Letterkenny Road – before completion of major works 2
Community Clean-up
Work completed on Glassley Bridge rejuvenation 2
Butterfly Garden developed on Main Street

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection randomly selects persons on the Live Register who satisfy the criteria for Tús and offers them the opportunity to be considered for local employment on the programme as opportunities arise.

  • All candidates who agree to participate will be interviewed by DLDC and considered for placement
  • A panel will be maintained by DLDC for the purposes of further recruitment
  • As placement opportunities arise, those on the panel will be matched with the work and recruited
  • A person’s suitability for the work involved in the placement will be established by DLDC and the host Community & Voluntary Organisation

Participants on the Tús Programme work 19.5 hours per week and are contracted to work for one year.

Those who wish to be considered through the Self-Referral Process can do so either by downloading the Tús Self Referral Form or alternatively you can contact:
Patrick McDaid – Schemes Manager Tel: 074 9127056

(30% of the places offered on the Tús Initiative, can now be filled through the self-referral process.)
Part A – Is for completion by the Applicant
Part B & C – is to be completed by the Case Officer at the local Social Welfare Office, where it will be returned to the Tús Programme Manager.

The main objectives of work placements are to:

  • Improve the employability and work readiness of participants by providing them with opportunities to put work skills into practice and to acquire new skills
  • Boost the participants’ motivation and confidence in returning to the workplace
  • Engage participants in activities that match their own skills, experience and goals

Eligible Work

All of the work undertaken while participating on Tús will be beneficial to the local community and the types of projects carried out are likely to include:

  • Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings
  • Social care of all age groups and people with disabilities
  • Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces
  • Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation and sporting spaces
  • Work in support of cultural and heritage activities
  • Community administration and community event management
  • Coaching for sporting activities
  • Repair of equipment for developing countries – Farm Tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment etc.

Supports and Services Provided by Supervisors to the Participant

  • Supervisors meet with participants on a one-to-one basis each week.
  • Weekly meetings enable supervisors to ensure that participants are happy in their placement and to support them in dealing with any issues arising.
  • Supervisors liaise with sponsor group representative(s) on an ongoing basis to ensure that the development needs of the participant are being met.
  • At weekly meetings, personal progression and development opportunities are discussed with participants as well as opportunities for any upskilling linked directly to the placement.
  • Supervisors provide participants with important information on an ongoing basis as regards other relevant courses and opportunities that are suitable to their needs.
  • Supervisors monitor the participant’s progress in relation to the Work-plan and contribution to the development of the sponsor group site, by participants.
  • Relevant documentation is provided to each participant each week i.e. payslips, information circulars (if any), previous month’s signed timesheets at the start of each month. New monthly time-sheets are also issued (if required) and toil, annual leave and timekeeping issues (if any) are reviewed. These requirements are in line with the operational guidelines issued by the Department for the Programme.
  • Each month, Supervisors write-up a monthly site visit sheet and record notes and any changes in the participant’s circumstances together with supporting documentation. The supervisors and participants sign-off on these monthly.

Ongoing Personal and Professional Development

The Tús Programme aims to assist participants to develop personally and professionally as part of their work-experiences, to provide the confidence, skills and abilities that will enhance or increase their employability and prospects when the one-year placement comes to an end. Participation in training courses can complement this personal development i.e. Basic Health and Safety Awareness, Lawnmower and Strimming Training (where applicable), First Aid, Child Protection and other training on a case by case basis.

Tús work placements are proposed and provided by community and voluntary organisations. The organisations must provide good quality work opportunities that are of benefit to the community. Community and voluntary organisations with a proposed work placement should register with DLDC CLG. They will be asked to submit a proposal detailing the work and the number of participants requested. DLDC CLG will assess and make a decision on the proposal. If you are a community organisation looking to offer a placement, please contact the office on 074 9127056.

DLDC has been delivering Tús since 2011 and currently employs 240 participants, working with 130 community and voluntary groups throughout the company’s central catchment area (excludes the Gaeltacht).


For further information please contact:Patrick McDaid,  Schemes Manager  Tel: 074 9127056

Patrick McDaid
Schemes Mangager

Kathleen Anne Doherty
TÚS Supervisor

Sharon Docherty
TÚS Supervisor

Teresa McDonnell
TÚS Supervisor

Angela Wren
TÚS Supervisor

Gerry Grant
TÚS Supervisor

Noreen O'Kane
TÚS Supervisor

Maeve McCrea
TÚS Supervisor

Donna Moore
TÚS Supervisor

Brendan Fox
TÚS Supervisor

Renata Musial
TÚS Supervisor