For the past number of years Westmeath County Council has recognised and supported volunteers and community groups with their activities and projects through the annual Cathaoirleach Awards and Community Grants scheme. For 2015 the Council has provided €172,000 in its budget to facilitate the continuation of this very successful initiative.
The Cathaoirleach Awards event is to honour people or groups who have given special service in their community in County Westmeath. The awards recognise the role played by many individuals and groups in helping to create a strong and vibrant community. Awards will be made in respect of the following of categories:
- Person / Group of the Year
- Community Project of the Year
- Pride of Place in the Community
- Schools Environmental Project Competition
- Tidy Towns Achievement Award
Volunteers needed for the Home Visit Service in Kilbeggan and surrounding areas.
Westmeath Community Development’s Care & Repair service are actively seeking volunteers for the Home Visit Service in Kilbeggan and the surrounding areas.
If you have one or two hours a week to spare and would like to volunteer for this worthwhile cause we would love to hear from you:
Through the Home Visit Service, we aim to combat feelings of isolation with the help of our friendly volunteers.
The Department of Social Protection website carries information on available positions; full time, part time and work placement opportunities. On the 3rd of March, over 300 full time and part time positions were advertised on the site, along with vacancies for employment programme such as Community Employment, Jobsbridge and TÚS.
In Westmeath and the surrounding counties there were 36 full time and part time positions advertised, along with 8 employment programme positions in the last week.
For further information click here
Back to Work Family Dividend
The Department of Social Protection have announced details of the Back to Work Family Dividend, which is to help families move from social welfare into employment. Under the scheme, a person on a jobseekers payment or a one parent family payment who take up employment, increase their hours of employment or become self-employed, will receive a weekly payment for up to 2 years .
For full details and application forms go to https://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/BTWFD.aspx .