Rural Social Scheme


The aims of the Rural Social Scheme are to provide income support to farmers and fishpersons who are in receipt of long-term social welfare payments and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities. The Rural Social Scheme will allow those low-income farmers in the Avondhu Blackwater area who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding, to earn a supplementary income in return for 19.5 hours work per week, undertaken within the community and voluntary sector.

While responsibility for the operation of the Rural Social Scheme rests with the Department Social Protection, it is managed at a local level by the LEADER Partnership groups.

If you wish to find out more about this programme contact Avondhu Blackwater at 022 46580 or by email at