Lá Nua - Community Employment Scheme

Lá Nua works under the Framework for Community Employment Drug Rehabilitation Schemes (Dept of Social Protection) and is hosted by Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre Ltd.


This scheme was put in place to provide rehabilitation training and development opportunities for people who are in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse or on maintenance in the Carlow area.

Lá Nua C.E. Programme started in January 2015, with a mission:To provide participants (over 18) who are in recovery from substance misuse with a supported environment offering training and education, building on their personal development and self- reliance through employment

Each participant has an Individual Learning Plan and Progression Plan (ILP). This is basic at initial contact when information about their skills, abilities, education, interests and aspirations is gathered. Over time the ILP develops into a more comprehensive learning plan aimed at assisting participants to identify their skills abilities and explore realistic and attainable progression plans.

Since the start of the programme a very close link has been developed with the KCETB which has seen a Significant number of accredited educational modules being delivered, both on an individual basis and as part of a group as demonstrated below.

Personal Development

Diet & Nutrition

Safe Pass

Manual Handling Course

Special purpose award in Training & Development

Occupational First Aid

Combined Guarding Security Course

Electrical Apprenticeship

Community Development

Pre development Health & Fitness

Employability Skills

Introduction to Computer Applications

Cooking on a low Budget

Telescopic Handler Course

Manual Handling Instructor Course

Counterbalance Forklift Course

Supervisory Management

Electric Pallet Truck

IPASS Certificate in Payroll

Forklift Instructor

Welding Training (TIG)

Parenting Plus Courses

Chainsaw Use & Maintenance

Driving Lessons

The national target for progression into Employment is 20% Lá Nua is currently over 50%. The Lá Nua C.E Programme is overseen be Steering Group consisting of members from Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre, SERDATF, KCETB, the DEASP, SICAP, the HSE, and the Probation Service. It currently is based On O’Brien Road, Carlow and operates Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 1.30.

If you would like any further information on Lá Nua C.E scheme contact Ann on 087-6610435