Peter Power had been unemployed and searching for work for about 3 years as well as looking after his father who suffered with bad health. He had been signing on regularly at his local Intero office. On one of these weekly visits he was informed him he was being referred to the Tús programme.
Peter is now eight months into his Tús placement programme having started with the Dublin North West Area Partnership Tús team back in October 2014. When we spoke to Peter he was busy working in the GreenView community garden. Peter has has kindly agreed to share his experience with us.
“I didn’t mind at all being referred to Tús. My feelings towards the programme were positive and I went to meet up with Derek, a Tús supervisior and Leon Kelly in TAP who gave me heaps of information about the programme and placements. I would like to add I could not have met nicer people, Leon and Derek were great”.
Peter Comes from a market garden background and both Peter and his father produced vegetables for the Dublin market. “At the time of my fathers bad health working in the gardens kept me busy and helped me cope, he was like myself always talking about planting. He was delighted when I got my placement in the GreenView community garden. He passed away on the opening day of the garden which was officially opened by An Uachtarán Michael D. Higgins. My work history is in Horticulture, I had previously done a one year horticultural course in the National Botanic Gardens and also a nine months horticultural FAS course in DCU”.
Recognising Peter’s obvious talent and experience the Tús Supervisor Derek set Peter up in the GreenView Community Garden. “Having a very large garden area at home I have grown some of my own plants and vegetables and have taken them into GreenView to grow in the grounds there. Whilst I love plants and tending to them I much prefer to grow vegetables. I would say to others who get referred onto the Tús programme, to go with an open mind and positive feeling, chat about your work history and interests, they will do as much as possible to allocate you a place where you will find some job satisfaction.”