Westmeath Community Development is the Westmeath agent for the Tús initiative. Tús was announced in the Budget 2011 and launched by Minister Ó Cuiv on 21st December 2010. Tús aims to provide short term, quality work opportunities for those who are unemployed.

While the responsibility for the operation of Tús rests with the Department of Social Protection it will be managed on a local level by Westmeath Community Development on the Department’s behalf.

Participants will be identified by the Department of Social Protection and if they are eligible their local department will contact them. Places are limited so not everyone who is eligible will be contacted. To be eligible for a Tús placement you must meet the following requirements:

  • Continuously unemployed for at least 12 months
  • Signing on a full time basis
  • In receipt of a jobseeker’s payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months
  • Currently in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance

For further information contact:

Tony McCormack on 044 – 9348571

Or visit the DSP website