What can I claim if I have been awarded 'VDW Credits'?


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‘VDW Credits’ are normally “fully reckonable”, that is they are treated as paid contributions. Therefore, on your return to this country ‘VDW Credits’ can help you qualify for certain social welfare benefits and pensions.

Certain qualification conditions are relaxed and benefit years are extended for the payment of Jobseeker’s Benefit, Illness Benefit, Maternity Benefit and Treatment Benefit for the year the Volunteer Development Worker returns to this country and the relevant succeeding benefit years.

It is very important that you identify yourself as a returned VDW when making a claim for one of these payments to ensure that the relaxed qualification conditions are applied to your claim. Details of the qualifying conditions applying to returned Volunteer Development Workers can be obtained from the relevant area of the Department. See table below:

 

Contact Information:
Type of Benefit Contact Point
Maternity Benefit:

Maternity Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services
McCarter's Road
Ardarvan
Buncrana
Co. Donegal

Telephone: (01) 471 5898
LoCall: 1890 690 690

If you are calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call  + 353 1 471 5898

Health and Safety Benefit:

Health and Safety Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services  
McCarter's Road
Ardarvan
Buncrana
Co. Donegal

Telephone: (01) 471 5898
LoCall: 1890 690 690
 
If you are calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call  + 353 1 471 5898
Treatment Benefit:

Treatment Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services
St. Oliver Plunkett Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal

Telephone: (01) 471 5898
LoCall: 1890 400 400

If you are calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call  + 353 1 471 5898

Jobseeker’s Benefit: Your local Social Welfare Office
Illness Benefit Information Officer at your local Social Welfare Office
 
Note: The rates charged for using 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.
Last modified:11/09/2017