Simon Women’s Aid Community Employment Project

Simon Women’s Aid Project (SWAP) is a CE scheme based entirely in Dundalk town.

We provide an excellent opportunity for eligible candidates to gain valuable, paid work experience in a variety of settings as well as make a significant contribution to the work of vital local services such as Women’s Aid refuge, Rape Crisis Centre, Irish Wheelchair Association and the Simon homeless charity.

SWAP provide full funding for the training needs of all successful applicants and there is an opportunity to work towards a major award in a relevant discipline if you so wish (fully funded). Many past participants have gained excellent qualifications during their time with SWAP and have progressed to secure prosperous permanent work following their placement with us.

In fact SWAP have an excellent progression rate for participants and we offer a full range of supports for our employees from the moment they start on the scheme until, in many cases, well after they finish with us.

We help with training plans and personal development as well as facilitating mentoring from the broad range of skilled experts that make up our sub sponsors.

We currently have the following vacancies, All available for immediate start:

  • Rape Crisis North East (Jocelyn Street) – 3 administration/ receptionist vacancies. These can be purely admin/office based or if the successful applicant wishes they can explore the option of Helpline Counselling and support work with full training provided.
  • Women’s Aid Refuge Dundalk (Avenue Road) – 2 Support Worker vacancies. 2 positions currently available at the Women’s Aid refuge helping to support women and children who have suffered domestic abuse. Role could involve assisting residents with admission/discharge, care planning and helping clients access various services and other supports. Full training and mentoring provided.
  • Dundalk Chamber of Commerce (Partnership Court) – 3 Admin Assistant vacancies. Excellent opportunity for anyone looking to gain valuable experience in a busy office setting. Working closely with local businesses promoting and developing various Chamber services, products and events. Very high progression rates for successful candidates as chamber workers are in regular contact with a network of local businesses. Again a broad range of funded training is available.
  • Dundalk Simon Community (Seatown Place, Barrack St) – 1 Admissions Caretaker, 1 Cleaner, 1 Cook (Maternity cover). Opportunity to work as part of a committed social care team running essential homeless services in Dundalk. Full training provided with strong emphasis on health and safety and confidentiality.
  • Irish Wheelchair Association (Long Walk Dundalk) – 2 Care Support Assistants. IWA have just opened a spacious new day centre in Dundalk and these 2 vacancies involve working directly with the young adult services users. Duties could include assisting with training and social activities as well as helping with day trips and mealtimes .Social care training up to major award level is available.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify as a participant on CE you must be over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment (eg. Jobseekers Allowance, Disability Benefit, Lone Parents) for the last 12 months.

CE is a part time work placement (19.5 hours per week) and can involve, morning, afternoon or occasionally weekend work depending on sponsor group. Contracts are normally for one year but can be extended to up to three years depending on engagement with training. Successful applicants who are over 60 can stay until retirement age of 66.

For further details on vacancies or any aspect of Community Employment please contact Paul or Yvonne at 042 9328823 or email

Project Address: SWAP, 94a Park Street, Dundalk A91 CH61