The new Start Your Own Business scheme provides relief from Income Tax for long term unemployed.
This scheme will provide an exemption from Income Tax up to a maximum of €40,000 per annum for a period of two years who set up a qualifying business and who have been unemployed for at least 12 months prior to setting up their business.
For further details on this scheme click here
RAPID offers FEATC Care Skills Course to unemployed individuals from Athlone.
Course aim: This course is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and the skills to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment.
Who should apply: Anyone who is currently unemployed and on a DSP payment and interested in working with the older person or individuals in a healthcare environment.
Course content and learning outcomes: The course will provide learners with comprehensive knowledge and skills to care for clients in a number of care environments.
There are 7 units of study:
Unit 1: Manual handling
Unit 2: Patient Handling
Unit 3: Occupational First Aid FETAC 5
Unit 4: Care Skills FETAC 5
Unit 5: Child Protection (HSE)
Unit 6: Person Centred Dementia Care
Unit 7: Employability Skills
Unit 8: Elder abuse
Unit 9: HACCP
Unit 10: Person Centred Approach to Challenging Behaviour
In Westmeath and the surrounding counties there were 49 full time and part time positions advertised in the last week, along with 35 employment programme positions.
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Community Mothers was funded under the Family Support Initiative of the HSE 2013.
Home Visiting Service
During 2013 47 families were referred to our service. In total 64 families were in receipt of a home visit during 2013. Our service carried out over 800 individual visits. The Community Mother Service is provided predominately in Mullingar and Athlone areas, but also includes the surrounding towns of Kinnegad, Rochfortbridge, Killucan, Moate, Glasson and Ballymore areas. By the end of 2013 the number of Community Mothers trained and providing a service to families rose from 16 to 18.