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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 for me as I had been a home maker for the past 20 years and my per­sonal life had taken a se­vere nose dive. A while af­ter at­tend­ing an in­ter­view I was of­fered the po­si­tion. To say that I was ex­tremely ner­vous was an un­der­state­ment, go­ing into a place of em­ploy­ment for the first time in over 20 years took a lot of courage. All my nerves dis­si­pated as every­one I met on that first day were re­ally friendly and wel­com­ing.

‘As time went on I par­tic­i­pated in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion pilot pro­gramme for C.E par­tic­i­pants. I com­pleted all eight mod­ules with dis­tinc­tions. At times I found it dif­fi­cult, but also en­joy­able. I was so proud of my­self for the first time in years. I am cur­rently par­tic­i­pat­ing in a So­cial Stud­ies pro­gramme which I find re­ally in­ter­est­ing. Tak­ing part in this Com­mu­nity Em­ploy­ment Scheme has changed my life com­pletely in ev­ery as­pect. My con­fi­dence has grown, I have got back into ed­u­ca­tion and I have made lots of new friends, some of which I know will last a life­time. With­out the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment of my C.E su­per­vi­sor Tilly Car­roll and Child­care man­ager Marie Mur­phy none of this would have been pos­si­ble and I am truly grate­ful to them both as I am to all staff and C.E par­tic­i­pants. I was very lucky to have this op­por­tu­nity and now I move on to the next chap­ter in my life as much stronger and con­fi­dant per­son.’

South East Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Wex­ford Ltd has been in oper­a­tion since 1993. Su­per­vi­sor Co­lette Kennedy, said since its foun­da­tion in 1993, the suc­cess and longevity of the scheme is down to two main fac­tors, the highly skilled par­tic­i­pants who have been in­volved in the var­i­ous projects through­out the years and the ded­i­ca­tion of the spon­sors, all of whom are vol­un­teers and de­vote so much time to the de­vel­op­ment of their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

‘Our scheme is in­volved in var­i­ous Tidy Vil­lage projects in­clud­ing award win­ning vil­lages: Tomhag­gard, Dun­cormick and Kil­more. Our projects in Wex­ford Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Tots to Teens Child­care have been highly suc­cess­ful in in­ter­nal em­ploy­ment pro­gres­sion and sev­eral com­mu­nity cen­tres open to the public as a direct re­sult of Com­mu­nity Em­ploy­ment. We also as­sist with a va­ri­ety of clubs in­clud­ing Wex­ford Celtic AFC, St Fin­tan’s GAA, St Anne’s GAA and Wex­ford Gym­nas­tics Club.’

A key fea­ture of the scheme is that it offers par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in ac­cred­ited train­ing.

Pre­par­ing the food for the Meals on Wheels in New Ross: Caro­line Gar­diner, Meals on Wheels; Dorota Ku­bi­enic, CE scheme; Mar­cella Mur­phy, Meals on Wheels; Iwona Nowak, CE scheme; Ann Mur­phy, man­ager and Karolina Baber­ska CE scheme.

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