Rural Social Scheme (RSS)

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is a community-based employment scheme designed to provide an income support to low-income farmers and fishermen/women. 

The scheme matches the skillset of participants with the needs of community voluntary groups. 

South West Mayo Development Company manages the Rural Social Scheme in south and west Mayo on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP). 

To qualify as an RSS participant, you must be actively farming or fishing and in receipt of a social welfare payment. 

If a farmer is eligible for the RSS but does not want to participate, their dependent spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, brother, sister may take the available place. However, this is only if they are not participating on any other similar scheme. The most up-to-date information can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/059da9-rural-social-scheme/ 

The rates of payment for new participants on the RSS depends on your qualifying social welfare payment. RSS participants work 19.5 hours per week and these hours are organised on a Farmer and Fisherman/woman friendly basis. This is to ensure participation on the scheme does not impact negatively on your farming or fishing activities. 

If you are successful in getting an RSS placement, you will be offered a contract from your start date up to the following 31 March. You may be considered for a further term if you continue to meet the scheme criteria. 

If you are a community-based organisation interested in Rural Social Scheme support, you will find the most up-to-date information here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e8c048-operational-guidelines-rural-social-scheme/ 

 

The type of work carried out by RSS participants includes: 

  • Maintaining and enhancing various walking routes (that is, waymarked ways, agreed walks) 
  • Energy conservation work for older people and those at risk of poverty 
  • Village and countryside enhancement projects 
  • Social care and care of older people 
  • Community care for pre-school and after-school groups 
  • Environmental maintenance work
  • Maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities 
  • Projects relating to not-for-profit cultural and heritage centres 
  • Community administration or clerical work 
  • Any other appropriate community-based project 

SMWDC implements the RSS in south and west Mayo, excluding Gaeltacht areas. 

For more informationplease contact: 

RRS & Tús Initiative Coordinator (Balla)Kevin Cunniffekcunniffe@southmayo.com087 973 1096 / 094 936 6692
Newport, Mulranny, Breaffy, BallintubberFrank McNeela fmcneela@southmayo.com 087 219 6932
Louisburgh, Murrisk, Killeen, KilgeeverMartina Faddenmfadden@southmayo.com 087 793 7071
Claremorris / Ballindine / Irishtown / BrickensLaura Comminslcommins@southmayo.com087 130 6945
Kilmaine / Ballinrobe / ShrulePadraic Corcoranpcorcoran@southmayo.com087 219 6924
Ballinrobe, Cong, Cross, Killawalla, AughagowerMaura Murphymmurphy@southmayo.com087 198 3863
Mayo Abbey / Roundfort / Taugheen / RobeenChris Mannioncmannion@southmayo.com 087 219 6928
Newport / Mulranny / Kilmeena / Burrishoole Noel Mulroynmulroy@southmayo.com087 630 5544
Castlebar, Balla, Straide, TurloughFrancis Campbellfcampbell@southmayo.com086 167 8210

Who is eligible for the Rural Social Scheme?

To qualify as an RSS participant, you must be actively farming or fishing and in receipt of a social welfare payment. If a farmer is eligible for the RSS but does not wish to participate, their dependent spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, brother, sister may take the available place. However, this is only if they are not participating on any other similar scheme.

The most up-to-date information can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/059da9-rural-social-scheme/

If you are a community-based organisation interested in Rural Social Scheme support, you will find the most up-to-date information here:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e8c048-operational-guidelines-rural-social-scheme/

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