Community Employment

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Community Employment

The Moy Valley Resources Community Employment (CE) scheme is designed to help people who are long-term unemployed (or otherwise disadvantaged) to get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection supports sponsor groups such as Moy Valley Resources in creating and developing CE schemes. Moy Valley Resources is also supported by the Local INTREO Office in Ballina, which links us with potential participants interested in joining our CE Scheme.

Objectives

The aim of CE is to enhance the employability and mobility of disadvantaged and unemployed persons by providing work experience and training opportunities for them within their communities. In addition, it helps long-term unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return-to-work routine.

Moy Valley Resources provides various work experience opportunities both internally within the company and externally using sub-sponsor agreements. Roles vary from office and admin work to caretaking, gardening and driving positions. 

Role of CE in the Community

Community Employment participants play a vital role in supporting community projects, which enhance the region. Currently, Moy Valley Resources has staff placed in projects like the following: 

  • Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Office

  • Mayo North Tourism

  • Craoibhin

  • Suifinn Way, Ballycastle

  • Lacken Enterprise

  • Hope House, Foxford

  • Ballina Boxing Club

  • Mayo Volunteer Centre

CE placements available in Mayo are listed on the Jobs Ireland website.

Training

Training is a vital element of a Community Employment placement, and Moy Valley Resources works closely alongside MSLETB and the Ballina Training Centre coordinators to ensure our participants can access training locally. Online training opportunities are also available to participants. 

Impacts of Community Employment

  • It provides valuable occupational experience as a steppingstone to employment for people who are unemployed.

  •  It encourages a return to education and training in a safe and non-judgmental way for those who wish to enhance their employment opportunities.

  •  Schemes such as CE also provide important, and in many cases essential, services to their local communities.

Interested in a CE Position? 

If you are interested in further information relating to our Community Employment Scheme, please contact our CE Supervisor Jacqueline Kinsella on 096-70905 or by email.  

 

 

WHO CAN HELP?

Our Community Employment Team

Jacqueline Kinsella: Community Employment Supervisor

Jacqueline Kinsella joined the Moy Valley Community Services (CSP) Team in November 2015 and in 2017, she progressed into Community Employment (CE) Programme.

As Community Employment Supervisor, Jacqueline oversees up to 46 CE staff located in projects anywhere from Ballycastle to Foxford, with many participants based here in Ballina.

Her responsibility is to coach, mentor, and encourage participants to take advantage of training and upskilling as they prepare to re-enter the active labour market, whilst gaining valuable work experience within community organisations

Jacqueline also holds the Operations Manager role for the Greenhills Enterprise Centre, supporting the clients of the building.

Jacqueline has qualifications in legal studies, accounting, and event management. Most recently, she has added a Special Purpose award in Training and Development to her already completed degrees in Business Management Applications and a Hons Degree in Business.

Outside of the office, Jacqueline enjoys walking and swimming in the local Ballina swimming pool.

Elizabeth Ferguson: Assistant CE Supervisor

Elizabeth joined the Moy Valley Resources team in 2023.