Community Employment Project

Sligo Social Services is the proud sponsor of a large Community Employment (CE) Project with places for 34 participants. Funded by the Department of Social Protection, the Community Employment provides work experience and training opportunities to people who have been long-term unemployed, thereby increasing their skill-base and enhancing future employability. 

Community Employment Participants work in areas such as administration and as part of the team of carers/hostel assistant. We welcome their enthusiasm as thrift shop assistants, as an integral part of our meals on wheels project and in cleaning and caretaking.  Sligo Social Services also employ CE participants to work with other local community based organisations. Participants gain valuable work experience and participating in active training enhances their existing skills, while developing a broad range of transferrable skills which can be used in today’s workplace.

This employment programme works with each participant to develop their own individual training plan which involves both training and work experience, and is aimed at supporting each individual in gaining employment.   

If you are interested in learning more about CE or wish to find out if you are eligible to participate on a CE Project please contact your local Department of Social Protection/Intreo Office or visit


The Community Employment Drug Rehabilitation Programme

The Community Employment Drug Rehabilitation Programme is a Department of Social Protection initiative, designed to assist those recovering from addiction to return to work through Training and Work Experience.  There are 15 places available on the programme which can be accessed through various addiction/community support services.

Participants become part of a team carrying out maintenance work for Charitable and Voluntary organisations around Sligo town. The team provide the labour while individual organisations provide the materials required for the work. The team undertakes painting and decorating, garden maintenance or cleaning for these organisations, providing a much needed helping hand while increasing the skill base of the participants and fostering team spirit which will assist in a full return to the workforce.      

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