Your Local Action Group for North, East and West Kerry

Nuacht August 2014

We are delighted to bring you the next edition of our NEKD Nuacht Newsletter and keep you up to date with all the latest news, events and much much more.


Rural Social Scheme Supervisor Vacancy

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor (Part-time, Temporary Contract)

North & East Kerry Development wish to recruit a part-time Supervisor for the Rural Social Scheme on an initial temporary contract to cover staff leave. The office base for the position will be Castleisland.

Duties will include:

  • Promoting the Rural Social Scheme in the area and to communities ,
  • Evaluating the work plans submitted,
  • Liaising with relevant community groups/statutory partners
  • Implementing the agreed plans, rostering, scheduling etc.,
  • Supervision of 20 participants,
  • Ensuring compliance with current work practice requirements eg. Health & Safety regulations,
  • Monitoring and recording participants attendance and performance,
  • Establishing and maintaining proper staff records eg payroll to tight schedule and associated administration duties
  • Liaising with and promotion of a wide range of NEKD activities which support communities

The person appointed will have:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent management and supervisory skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Knowledge of payroll
  • Computer literacy skills
  • An understanding of community and local development
  • Must have own transport and a full clean driving licence

North & East Kerry Development is an equal opportunities employer.

To apply: please forward a letter of application, clearly stating the position you are applying for, along with a CV to: Hazel O’Malley, North & East Kerry Development, Áras an Phobail, Croílár na Mistéalach, Tralee, Co. Kerry or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Thursday, 14th August 2014.

Interviews will take place after the 21st August 2014. Applicants may be shortlisted. A panel may be formed following interviews.


Job Description

Responsible for:        Managing 20 scheme participants, in line with both organisational policy and the requirements of the scheme

Key Responsibilities:

  • To animate and support communities and community groups to devise appropriate workplans for Scheme participants;
  • To schedule, supervise, support and manage participants, in partnership with local community groups;
  • To develop and maintain a good working relationship with each community sponsor group;
  • To maintain community project records;
  • To match participants to suitable work programmes, in conjunction with the RSS Programme Manager
  • To establish and maintain an effective system of communications with all Scheme participants;
  • To ensure that appropriate administrative systems are in place and communicated to all relevant staff;
  • To recruit participants and to manage all associated administration, in conjunction with the RSS Programme Manager;
  • To produce regular progress reports;
  • To make recommendations on materials and to monitor and record material use for their scheme;
  •  To operate within the materials budget allocated;
  •  To organise, with the RSS Administrator and RSS Manager, the matching of participants to work programmes, based on their skills, knowledge and geographical location;
  •  To ensure that all RSS work done complies with both organisational and statutory health and safety regulations and legislation.
  •  Any other duties commensurate with the post.


Kerry RuralBiz Idea Competition 2014

Prize Fund and Equipment Grants to the value of €18,500 available

 In Partnership with South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd,

 North and East Kerry Development Ltd, Farmers Journal, Teagasc & Radio Kerry.

 Best Innovation Prize of €4,000

 Towards the Overall County Winners Project

 (Sponsored by the Kerry Local Enterprise Office)

 application form 


Thank You

Dear Community Member,

On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of North & East Kerry Development, I would like to thank you for your support and attendance at our recent public meetings held in Tralee, Listowel, Castleisland and Dingle. We were overwhelmed by the numbers (up to 500 people) who attended representing every parish and community in the NEKD geographic area, and I thank those who spoke so positively and passionately in support of the Company and its services.

The suggestions, actions and strategies proposed at the meetings in Kerry are central to the ongoing campaign in defence of the work and the sector. The public meetings held in Kerry have been replicated throughout the Country and similar concerns and voices of support have been echoed.

The role of Local Development Companies has been highlighted as important to our communities, and those in decision-making positions have been left with no doubt that a community-led approach is vital for the continued survival of our community and voluntary organisation and for the continuation of volunteer activity.

In the coming months, further decisions will be made about the future role of Local Development Companies, and further demonstrations of support may be necessary.

In the meantime, NEKD will continue to work to deliver all our programmes to ensure that the community is well served, particularly those most in need of our services.

We will continue to work closely with communities in keeping you informed of developments and updates.

Is mise le meas,

Eamonn O Reilly, CEO, NEKD

communities letter


NEKD Youth Achievement Awards Night 27th June 2014

The second annual NEKD Youth Achievement Awards Night hosted by NEKD Castleisland Youth Group.

The event will take place on Friday 27th June in NEKD Offices Crageen Casstleisland at 7pm. Special guest speaker on the night to be announced.

After the success of last year's event which was hosted by X-istance Youth café in Listowel this year promises to be a great night of recognition and celebration of young people we work with.

Throughout the year NEKD has worked with and supported a lot of young people and we feel it is very important to recognise and encourage the good work that they do in their communities.

We hope you can join us on the night.  Poster youth awards 2014

RSVP by Friday 20th June via email.

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