The TUS initiative being run by Ballyhoura Development Ltd has played a vital part in getting people back into the workforce, allowing them to build their confidence, to diversify into new areas, increase their skills profile, and provides community groups with enthusiastic energetic people who can add value to their organisation.
A beneficiary of the scheme has been participant, Anthony Higgins, who has landed a permanent job with Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) following his placement with the Kilfinane. Co. Limerick based animal care charity.
TUS is a community work placement initiative which was launched by the Department of Social Protection in 2011. Ballyhoura Development Ltd is the Local organisation that implements and manages TUS across the Ballyhoura area.
Community and voluntary groups and organisations can avail of the services of a TUS participant for a given role for a 12 month period, provided certain eligibility criteria are met. Anthony is just one of the many success stories emanating from the Ballyhoura TUS programme.
He started work on the scheme in Kilfinane in September 2011. On the day of his interview Anthony already knew the majority of animals by name as he had been a keen follower on Face book.
As part of the TUS initiative Anthony was required to work 19.5 hours per week in the animal sanctuary. The initiative is designed to allow the participant to look for other work outside of these hours but Anthony's love of animals, and thereby his passion for his job, saw him putting in extra hours every week as an unpaid volunteer.
Anthony's contribution to LAW over the twelve month period has been immeasurable, so much so that when a full time position became vacant in the sanctuary Anthony's name was at the forefront of everyone's mind.
His hard work and enthusiasm has paid dividends for both himself and LAW. Anthony is continuing to prove his worth as he now trains the new Tus participants coming on board along with carrying out a diverse range of tasks, freeing Marie Quirke, manager of LAW, to concentrate on her many other roles. Anthony has said he is grateful to all those at both the LAW and Ballyhoura who accommodated his placement on the TUS programme, and mentored him over the twelve months particularly Marie Quirke, and Barry Wilson his Tus Supervisor.
For further details on how your community can benefit from the TUS scheme in the Ballyhoura area, please contact. Catherine Lynch, TUS Administration, Ballyhoura Development LTD, Main Street Kilfinane, Co Limerick or contact the Ballyhoura office at Chapel Street, Charleville.