Contact Information Points
County Leitrim Citizen Information Service
Tel: +353 (0)761 07 5670
Somerview House, Dublin Road, Carrick-on-Shannon
Monday to Friday: 9:30-12:30pm & 1:30 - 4:30pm
Tel: +353 (0)761 07 5710
Main Street, Manorhamilton
Tel: +353 (0) 761 07 5680
Mon: 9:30-12:30pm & 1:30-4:30pm
Thurs: 9:30-12:30pm & 1:30-4:30pm
Wed & Fri: Closed
Co. Leitrim Citizens Information Service (CIS) is part of a nationwide network of Citizens Information Centres (CICs) which provide free, confidential and impartial information on Government, Social & Local Services. Each CIC is an independent organisation but all are registered and funded by the Citizens Information Board (CIB), a public service body which promotes information and access to social services.
Citizens Information is also available by telephoning the Citizens Information Phone Service on +353 (0) 761 07 4000 or online at www.citizensinformation.ie. There is no charge for the service and it is available to everyone.
A panel of solicitors provide a Free Legal Advice Service (FLAC) on the last Tuesday of every month from 7:30pm-9.00pm at the Carrick-on-Shannon Centre - this service is by appointment only, telephone 0761 07 5670.
Leitrim Local Enterprise Office
Tel:+353 (0)71 9620450
Leitrim Local Enterprise Office offers grant supports as well as training and mentor supports to people who are in business already or who maybe thinking about setting up a business. For full details on their financial supports click here
Training and mentor support are open to all businesses and their employees as well as people who are unemployed and maybe thinking about setting up a new business locally. In relation to the grant supports a business must first be eligible to apply before submitting an application. Key Services for people who are unemployed. The services we offer include:
1. Delivery of training courses for the unemployed who wish to start their own business, these courses include:
a. Is it time to start your own Venture?
b. Start your own Business Training;
c. Managing your accounts;
d. Fetac certified Occupational First Aid.
2. Providing a mentoring service for individuals already in business, or thinking of setting up in business including people who are unemployed.
3. Organising information events on enterprise and training as part of Enterprise week;
4. Operating an open door policy where people can come in and meet with staff and discuss issues/areas they want help with and where we can we assist, otherwise we operate a referral service pin-pointing them to another organisation or agency that may be able to offer support.
Department of Social Protection
Carrick on Shannon Office: +353 (0) 71 9650070
Manorhamilton Office: +353 (0) 71 9820030
Employment Support Services
The aim of the Department’s Employment Support Services is to actively encourage its unemployed, lone parent and disabled clients to avail of educational, training and employment opportunities (including self-employment) as a means of finding gainful and sustainable employment. To meet this aim, the Department has a number of supports available to its clients as follows;
Back to Education programmes
- Back to Education Allowance
- Education, Training & Development Option (ETDO)
- Part-time Education Option
Back to work programmes
- Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
- Short-Term Enterprise Allowance
- Technical Assistance & Training (TAT) Fund
- Activation & Family Support Programme (AFSP)
The Department has a network of 63 facilitators located throughout the country who constantly engage with clients to assist them in identifying and availing of the best career options available to them.
An essential part of the work of facilitators is to network with other organisations who share similar aims (e.g. FÁS, VECs, institutes of technology, county partnership boards, job clubs, MABS, adult education guidance services, traveller groups, probation service, family resource centres and local community & voluntary groups). Facilitators often participate in joint public information events with these organisations to promote all the various supports that are available.
Money Advice and Budgeting Service
Tel: +353 (0)76 10 72 630
MABS is a free independent and confidential service which gives support advice and advocacy to anyone in financial difficulty.
Losing your job or being unemployed is a difficult time – it brings huge changes with it, some positive, some less so. It will affect everyone in the family and it is important that everybody in the household becomes involved as a team in adjusting to the situation and working out a new approach.
Most people experiencing redundancy are focused on regaining employment but this could take some time. It is therefore worthwhile to make sure you are managing your money effectively and have adjusted your budget to take account of your new situation. There are some steps you will need to take to help you remain on your feet until you make the bigger decisions around future career options.
We assist by:
- Examine your income and make sure you are getting everything you are entitled to• Help you work out how much you will need to live on everyday and give you advice on budgeting
- Help you start preparing a financial statement that will be used when negotiating with your creditors or applying for income supports.
- Help you prioritize your debts (housing, heat, light and food are you main priorities) help you decide on a payment plan
- Help to negotiate with your creditors if necessary
- Provide you with support while you deal with your debts
- Make contact with, and refer you to other services that may also help.
Screening for Debt Relief Notices
Don’t be afraid to talk about all your debts. The money adviser will not be shocked by the number of debts you have, how much you owe or how you got into debt. They are only interested in helping you. We often find that just talking it out in a safe place helps take some of the pressure and isolation away. Leitrim MABS is based in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. However we have clinics all over Leitrim on appointment. Take the first step and contact either our number +353 (0)76 10 72 630 or the MABS National Helpline +353 (0)76 10 72 000 if you are worried or under pressure because of money.
Carole Brenan, Senior Regional Development Executive
Tel: 071 9159700
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government agency responsible for the development and promotion of the indigenous business sector. Enterprise Ireland is particularly keen to speak to individuals who may be returning to Ireland and thinking of starting their own internationally focused business.
We are also very interested in working with individuals involved in third-level research, particularly those who have an interest in commercialising their research, as well as serial or repeat entrepreneurs who might consider setting up a business in the North West Region.
Adult Education Guidance and Information Service
Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Mhaigh Eo, Shligigh agus Liatroma
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board
Niamh Brennan, Adult Education Guidance Counsellor
Jane Nolan, Information Officer
Tel: +353 (0) 71 9621371 / 086 7743329
Returning to education is a big step and we can help you with it. We offer information, advice and guidance on training, education and careers. Our service is free of charge, confidential, friendly and informal. Are you…
- Thinking about returning to or continuing with their education?
- Exploring further education and training opportunities?
- Hoping to make a fresh start?
- Looking for someone to talk to about your options?
We provide a professional guidance service for adults who are considering continuing with or returning to education or training and would like to speak with a qualified Guidance Counsellor about their education and training needs. We can assist you in identifying your goals and help you to plan the next steps in your journey.
Our Information Centre is open to all adults and provides access to information about courses, education and training opportunities and careers. We can also assist with applying for courses, money matters, childcare supports, qualifications and so on. Our Information centre has a careers and education library and you will have access to the internet to help with your research. Our Information Officer will be on hand to help you in whatever way she can.
Please contact us with any queries you may have and we will try to point you in the right direction whether that be:
- One to one or group sessions with a guidance counsellor;
- Access to information on colleges, further education, training courses and careers
- Advice on funding opportunities;
- Access to a network of support organisations;
- Job search skills, CV preparation, study skills, interview techniques and assistance with application forms.
Leitrim Development Company
Leitrim Development Company
Leitrim Development Company aims to improve the quality of life of unemployed and under-employed people by assisting them to find employment, self-employment and training. The Company provides a range of services to this end. Among these actions are:
- Information and advice to both job seekers and those wishing to become self-employed.
- Small Grants for unemployed people setting up their own businesses.
- Access to low interest loans
- Mentoring – the provision of one to one expert advice to those setting up business
- Labour market schemes e.g Rural Social Scheme, Community Employment Schemes and Community Service
- Support for Adults to return to education
- Assistance with training for unemployed people
- Courses to meet identified needs
Support for small holders and their families
Tel: +353 (0) 71 9641770
The Job Club runs a number of four week Job Seeking Skills Programmes in different locations around the County. Topics covered on the programme include:
- C.V. preparation
- Writing Cover Letters
- Job Application Forms
- Communication Skills
- Interview Skills
- Mock Interviews
- Job Searching
- Computer Skills
Participants attend training sessions five mornings a week 10 am to 1 pm and an attendance allowance is payable to participants on completion of the programme.
Follow up support is available to all Job Club Participants and every effort is made to assist people progress successfully.
For information on the schedule of courses
Tel: +353 (0)71 9641851/ +353 (0) 71 9641770