Minister pays visit to community groups
VARIOUS employment centres and local community groups were visited by Minister of State Kevin Humphreys last Wednesday.
Various employment centres and local community groups were visited by Minister of State Kevin Humphreys last Wednesday.
Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys first met with the Department's 26 staff working in the Intreo Centre in Arklow. In May 2012, the Arklow Local Office was established as one of the first pilot Intreo Centres in the country.
While in Arklow, the Minister of State met with the local Job Club. In operation since 2000, it services the Arklow and South Wicklow areas and has helped over 2,500 job seekers back to work. He also paid a visit to The Vault youth centre.
In the afternoon, Minister Humphreys visited two Community Employment schemes in Bray – the Signal Arts Centre and the Little Bray Resource Centre. Meeting with the participants at the Signal Arts Centre, Minister Humphreys said: 'The Signal Arts Centre has developed into a major community asset, making an invaluable contribution to Wicklow's cultural, tourist, community, social and economic infrastructure. Signal has worked with and provides services for every section of the community. Congratulations to all involved for your commitment and I wish you continued success with your many projects.'
Finally, the Minister visited the Little Bray Family Resource Centre, which provides access to a range of supports for disadvantaged families and Adult Education Access Programme.