Rural Social Scheme

Do you come from a farming or fishing background and are looking for work to support your income while not affecting your farming/fishing activities?

DLDC’s Rural Social Scheme offers you the chance to work part-time and keep your social welfare payments.

About the Programme

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) provides income support for farmers and fishermen/women who are currently in receipt of long-term social welfare payments.

The aim of the scheme is to:

  • Provide income support for farmers and fishermen who are currently in receipt of long-term social welfare payments.
  • Provide services of benefit to rural communities by harnessing the skills and talents available among low-income farmers and fishermen.

Participants on the scheme work 19.5 hours per week. These hours are based on a farmer/fisher-friendly schedule. This is to ensure participation on the scheme does not affect your farming/fishing activities.

There are currently 142 participants on the RSS employed by DLDC in Donegal who are placed with over 88 local and community groups undertaking various jobs such as:

  • Caretaking/cleaning
  • Environmental work
  • Administrative/Clerical work
  • Childcare
  • Youth work
  • Provide services of benefit to rural communities by harnessing the skills and talents available among low-income farmers and fishermen.

Community Hands Support Team

DLDC’s Community Hands team offers support for local community groups to undertake small projects/work which otherwise would be out of their reach due to budget constraints.

The work is carried out by a team of highly qualified craftsmen in both North and South of the county. These can include remedial works such as repair to fixtures, property and upgrades for example footpaths, bannisters, painting, power washing and flooring.

Who is eligible for Community Hands support?

Any voluntary or charitable group are eligible to apply for assistance.

Support is available in 2 ways:

  1. The Community Hands team will come out and support you in undertaking the project for your community group. Download an Expression of Interest Form (EOI).

  2. The Community Van can be borrowed by community groups. Groups can use the van for delivering materials, moving furniture, collecting large items or materials. Download an Expression of Interest Form (EOI).

Community Groups who are interested can complete the EOI Form and email to: info@dldc.org or post to DLDC, 1 Millennium Court, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. 

Past Projects

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