Rural Social Scheme

Programme Aim

To provide income support for farmers and fishermen in Ireland who are receipt of long-term social welfare payments.  In return, those participating in the scheme will provide certain services that benefit rural communities.

Services provided:

  • Maintaining and enhancing various walking routes (that is, way marked ways, agreed walks) and bog roads.
  • Energy conservation work for older people and those at risk of poverty.
  • Village and countryside enhancement projects.
  • Social care and care of older people, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups.
  • Environmental maintenance work – maintenance and care-taking of community and sporting facilities.
  • Projects relating to not-for-profit cultural and heritage centres.
  • Community administration or clerical work.

How long the scheme lasts?

Employment is for 19.5 hours per week for an initial 12-month period, while it is not intended as a permanent employment, there is no definite time limit for participation on the scheme.

How to join the scheme?

  • Farm Assist or have a herd or flock number or certain social welfare payments.
  • be a self-employed fisherman/woman on a fishing boar which is entered in the Register of Fishing Boats.
  • Be a child or sibling of a qualifying herd or flock owner etc.
  • RSS allows low-income farmers and fishers who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding or from fishing earn a supplementary income.

 

To find out more about the LCDP please contact one of our Staff

Role Name Office Base Telephone Email
Programme
Co-ordinator
Seamus O’Hara Tralee 066 7180190 seamusohara@newkd.ie
Administrator Dawn Darcy Tralee 066 7180190 dawndarcy@newkd.ie
Supervisor Aine Stack Tralee 066 7180190 ainestack@newkd.ie
Supervisor

 

Supervisor

Anita Bodenham

Dympna O’Caroll

Listowel

 

Listowel

068 23429

 

068 23429

anitabodenham@newkd.ie

 

dympnaocarroll@newkd.ie

 

Supervisor Geraldine Kelly Listowel 068 23429 geraldinekelly@newkd.ie
Supervisor Pamela Dillane Castleisland/Tralee 066 7142576 pameladillane@newkd.ie
Supervisor Kay Daly Castleisland 066 7142576 kaydaly@newkd.ie
Supervisor Joanne O’Sullivan Castleisland 066 7142576 joanneosullivan@newkd.ie