Minister of State Humphreys meets with Local Community Groups & CE schemes in West Cork


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The Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys T.D., visits West Cork today (Thursday, 4 September 2014) where he will meet with the Department's staff and a number of local groups that provide employment supports for jobseekers in the West Cork area.

In addition to income support the Department in West Cork is involved in job activation for unemployed customers and people with disabilities. The Department also works with local employers, advising them on the benefits available when they give employment to people who are on Live Register and sourcing possible employees from the Register who would be most suitable to individual companies. There are a number of Community Employment schemes and TÚS programmes in place where jobseekers participate in projects that best suit their needs to upskill and become job ready. The Department also manages a number of schemes that support people with disabilities to obtain and retain employment in the open labour market.

Minister Humphreys will visit the Skibbereen Heritage Centre which collaborates with the Department of Social Protection through the Rural Social Scheme. West Cork Development Partnership and the Rural Social Scheme have been involved with the Skibbereen Heritage Centre for almost seven years. The Minister will also visit Skibbereen Geriatric Society this morning. The ethos of the Society is based entirely on the provision of services to the older people of Skibbereen and its environs.

Later this morning Minister Humphreys will call in to the Model Railway Village in Clonakilty which is one of the leading tourist destinations in West Cork. Through the Department's TÚS scheme, a group of jobseekers with various skills including carpentry and joinery are currently working on a renovation project with the Model Railway Village. The Minister will then visit the West Cork Development Partnership Office in Clonakilty. West Cork Development Partnership Ltd. is one of a network of 36 local development companies operating in the rural areas of Ireland. It provides a broad range of supports and services and undertakes initiatives for the development of the West Cork region.

The Minister will meet with the local Community Council in Dunmanway and the volunteers working in the local St. Vincent de Paul shop in the town. There are four jobseekers currently participating in a Community Employment scheme with the Dunmanway Community Council. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul shop which opened earlier this year is proving very popular with many people. The shop benefits from the assistance of jobseekers through the TÚS scheme, operated by the Department of Social Protection.

Minister Humphreys said: "I am very pleased to be in West Cork today and meet with the many local people and groups who give so much of their time to helping improve their communities. I will also be meeting with officials from my Department and discussing with them the progress that is being made in working with unemployed people to help them back into work. Having come through a very difficult recession, all of us, at Government and local level, must focus on getting our unemployed people back to work. I look forward to working with you on the progress you've made and where possible look at new channels that could lead to jobseekers finding work."

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