Schemes continue to work
promotes the Hook Peninsula as a premier tourist destination through marketing (including digital and social media), events and through the production of a number of brochures. The events take place throughout the year and include Hike to the Hook, Hooked on the Sea Festival, Tri the Hook Sprint Triathlon and the Hook Peninsula Photographic Competition. It also runs the tourist office in Duncannon, which operates throughout the year and facilitates guided tours of Duncannon Fort during the summer season. Employment progression routes for participants is very varied and training includes office administration, horticulture, environmental, event management, reception, digital marketing and customer service.
Ballycullane- Clongeen-Horeswood Community Employment Scheme spans an area covering Horeswood, Dunbrody, Tintern, Ballycullane, Clongeen, Wellingtonbridge, Campile, Ballymitty, Fethard on Sea, Duncannon, Gusserane, Foulksmills, Ballykelly, Whitechurch, St Leonards and Wexford town.
Maire Jackman of the scheme said: ‘We cover a wide variety of work activities and projects including tidy towns, caretaking, childcare, walking trails in Tintern, horticultural work and administration. The scheme offers participants the opportunity to gain work experience and funded training and to avail of coaching and mentoring in CV preparation and interview skills in a supportive environment.’
Grantstown Community Village is part of Grantstown Priory Scheme. Grantstown Community Village Manager Lesley Jones said: ‘We run a day care centre in our community hall five days a week. The centre sets out to provide local adults with a change of scenery and outside companionship for a few hours a day.’
It offers a wide range of services and can facilitate up to 50 people daily. The CE Scheme participants assist with the running of the day care centre and it could not operate without the valuable participants and volunteers. ‘We offer breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea to clients and the residents in the houses. Some of our services include activities and occasional outings, nursing services, showering facilities, Meals on Wheels, arts and crafts, hairdresser, chiropodist, physiotherapists, complimentary therapies, transport to and from the centre in our mini buses. We have a Peace Garden that our CE participants have been involved with from the planting of seeds to mowing lawns and looking after our beautiful water feature.’
All participants are given an individual training programme to help them with their development, e.g. caring, cooking, driving, laundry and maintenance skills and at the same time receiving valuable work experience. Ms Jones said a high level of our participants gain long term employment. The centre can be contacted at 051 561016.
South West Wexford Family Resource Centre is based in the old St. Louis Convent in the village of Ramsgrange, where it has operated a Community Employment Scheme for over 23 years. CE scheme co-ordinator Tilly Carroll said throughout this time, the benefits to the centre have been enormous with participants gaining much valuable work experience in very areas such as childcare, reception, maintenance, youth, administration, caretaker; community café and general workers. ‘Without the CE Scheme, the centre could not continue to offer quality service and continue to operate to its full potential. At South West Wexford FRC we are very fortunate in that over the years many participants have gone on to full or part-time employment, become self-employed or gone back to third level education.’
For further information, contact Tilly Carroll, CE Scheme Supervisor, on 051 389418.
Ann Kent, who participated in the scheme, said: ‘ Three years ago I applied for a position on Community Employment Scheme as a cleaner for Sugradh Child Care Centre in South West Wexford Family Resource Centre. This was a leap of faith
Thomas Furlong Jnr of the Battlestown CE scheme photographed at the lookout tower in the Dunbrody maze.
ABOVE: A newly painted bench and arch.
LEFT: Pagoda and ABOVE: mural