Westmeath Community Development (WCD) are looking for community groups who may be interested in workers to register their interest in the case of any future vacancies. WCD’s Rural Social Scheme commenced in 2004. Since then, the scheme has provided 30 communities with workers to carry out work to help enhance rural communities.
There are currently 33 people employed by the scheme at present all contributing 19.5 hours of work per week to these communities.
Nationally, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs retains overall responsibility for policy in relation to the scheme, including eligibility criteria. Locally the scheme is administered by Westmeath Community Development.
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. There are participants working with older peoples groups helping them to improve the community based services that serve the elderly.
- Village and countryside enhancement projects. Westmeath have a proud tradition in the tidy towns competition with rural social scheme workers supporting these communities. This includes Streamstown, Finea and Rosemount Tidy Towns.
- Social care and care of older people, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups. In Co. Westmeath, Community childcare facilities in Ballynacargy and Kinnegad are supported.
- Environmental maintenance work - maintenance and care-taking of community and sporting facilities. Community facilities countywide are supported such as Streete Parish Park, Castledaly Community Centre, Moate GAA club, Tubberclair GAA club and Ballymore Community Hall.
- Projects relating to not-for-profit cultural and heritage centres.
Any community groups wishing to avail of the rural social scheme should contact Tony Mc Cormack at 044-9348571