Castlebar Centre for the Unemployed

Tucker Street,
Co Mayo
County : Mayo
Tel : 094-902 2814
Website :

Co-ordinator : Lucy Cunningham
Co-ordinator Email :

About this Centre:
In 1986 The Mayo Centres for the Unemployed was set up in response to the high unemployment rates in the Mayo region, with particular focus to the unemployment
black spot of Ballina. A committee formed under the auspices of the Trades Councils in Ballina and Castlebar sponsors a Community Employment Scheme that is funded
by the DSP Employment Services. We have two offices in Mayo, one in Ballina the other in Castlebar. This scheme allows for the day to day staffing of the Centres and the secretarial
and office services that are provided to the community. The scheme has employed an average of 20 to 30 local people per year. In addition to the practical skills the participants gain in running
the centre and its secretarial service each participant receives customised training each year. At present the centre offers a drop in service
to the public with specific focus on the Unemployed. People can access information on Social Welfare queries as we provide booklets and forms on all relevant entitlements and discuss
their concerns privately and confidentially with our Information Officer. They can also receive basic computer training on a 1:1 or small group basis (6 max.). Information
is also provided on Job seeking Skills such as CV Preparation and Interview techniques and a notice board of current job vacancies is updated daily with
facilities available for clients to apply for these jobs online. In 2012 we launched our website which contains helpful links, tips and templates to make our
service accessible to more people. We also maintain a presence on Facebook (Unemployed Ballina) or Twitter (cfuballina). In 2010 the Ballina office moved to a larger centrally
located office (the old FBD offices at the Font). We now have the space to provide training and meeting access to larger groups and our ground floor premises ensures access to all people in the community.
In 2012 our office in Castlebar moved to a more central location in Tucker Street. In 2014 5755 individuals utilised our information service in the Ballina office alone with a similar volume
in Castlebar.
Mayo Centres for the Unemployed
Teeling Street, Ballina • Tel: 096 70885 • Email:
Tucker Street, Castlebar • Tel: 094 9027684 • Email: •
Queries were not restricted to Social Welfare entitlements. A general breakdown on the queries received were: Counselling • Community Employment / Job schemes
• Classes / Courses / Training • Education • Employment Support • Farmers Support • Assisting with Form Filling • Housing • Facilities • Health Labour Law • Social Welfare
• Legal and Taxation. In accordance with our policy of working with other service providers in the county we had over 300 referrals to other
organisations. To assist our clients we now have a computer in reception to allow them search for and apply for jobs online. We also have
a printing service with a free (subject to fair usage) facility for people to print out their CVs or job related research. For the last few
years we have been very happy to provide training under the BenefIT4 programme through ICTU. This 8 hour training on accessing the web is free to those
Unemployed, over 55, Living Alone or Living remotely. We encourage anyone interested in this training to contact us and we will do all in our power to facilitate

Board of Management: Eddie Lavelle (Chairman), Trevor Ardill (Treasurer), Cathy Blake (Secretary)
Mary Clarke, Matt Farrell, Joe Hennigan, Sean Moran (Board Members