Community Employment provides eligible unemployed people with the opportunity to engage in useful work within their communities on a temporary basis.
It helps long-term unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine and to assist them to enhance/develop both their technical and personal skills.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Outreach Project co-ordinate and administer a community employment programme, providing placements across a number of community based initiatives.
Contact Details: If your organization is interested in finding out more about providing a safe and secure part-time work placement for our participants, please contact the Community Employment Supervisor.
Community Employment provides eligible unemployed people and other disadvantaged persons with an opportunity to engage in useful part time work within their communities on a temporary basis. It helps long term unemployed people to re enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine and to assist them to enhance and develop both their technical and personal skills.
Since the inception of our Community Employment Project, as well as the internal Community Employment Participants, we work with various Community and Voluntary Organisations within the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County area by providing these organisations with support staff and thus providing the individual with a constructive part time work placement. Priority is given to both individuals and host projects who are directly concerned with addiction issues. DROP itself employs Community Employment participants as support staff.
Participants are recruited as vacancies arise within the local community or when a need has been identified or a proposal received by an outlying host agency. Proposals are assessed against the overall project aims and individual or project contribution to the drugs issue. These positions are advertised through Fas and the Local Employment Services and any other appropriate agencies. The CE Supervisor in conjunction with a representative of the host agency undertakes recruitment of these places.
Samples of Training and Development undertaken by Community Employment Participants:
* Clerical / Receptionist Skills
* Primary Food Hygiene
* Community Addiction Studies Course
* Journalism and Print Media
* Computer skills for beginners
* Computer skills for improvers
* Computer skills for ECDL
* Tai Chi
* Introduction to Counselling
* Developing Nutritious Menu’s for Children
* Personal Health Care and Stress Management
* Arts and Crafts
* Professional Floristry
* Foundation Facilitation Skills
* Diploma in Guidance Counselling
* First Class Reception and Office Administration Skills
* Diploma in Secretarial Skills
* Arts and Crafts for under 5’s
* Certificate in Group Work and Facilitation Skills
* First Aid
* Core Skills
* Return to Education
* Addiction Awareness and Relapse Prevention
* Personal Development and Life Skills Training
* Certificate in Drug Counselling and Intervention Skills
* PC Maintenance and Repair
* Dealing with Challenging Behaviour
* Encouraging Language Development in Early Childhood Settings
* Interior Design
* Practical Journalistic Writing
* Youth and Community Work
CE staff are managed on day to day basis within their work location by local management. Drop are the employers and have legal responsibility for all CE staff. Co-ordination of CE Programme involves the following:
Contracts of Employment
Probation and Appraisals
Liaison with local host agencies
Staff meetings / information workshops
Financial administration and reporting
DROP applies on an annual basis to have its CE scheme renewed by FAS. FAS require a wide range of quality assurance measures to ensure that participants receive a high level of training, development and support to re-enter the workforce. Fas provide an annual inspection of the CE Scheme and its administration and have, consistently and formally, praised the Scheme for its level of efficiency and quality.