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Job Support


Do you need help looking for work or to retrain? Derry City and Strabane District Council support and part fund 5 local organisations who help people living within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area​​ who meet one of the following criteria:

  • ​​are unemployed (short and long term)
  • are economically inactive 
  • are in work but want to work more hours
  • have a disability 
  • are aged 16 to 24 years and not in education, employment or training.

These organisations help people move closer towards employment or retrain by, for example, giving them access to qualifications free of charge, assisting with CVs, applications and interviews and helping them overcome many and varied barriers to employment. They offer help and support across a wide range of sectors and welcome people to contact them with whatever job seeking questions or needs they may have.    


Job Directions

Job Directions was established to assist those people who are out of work by helping them to find work,  take up training or undertake work experience to improve their prospects of finding employment.  They assist all unemployed and economically inactive people in the community including providing training for those who have a disability.

Address                Unit 10, Upper Main Street, Strabane, BT82 8AR 

Telephone             028 71 883662

Website                 http://jobdirectionsni.com/

Facebook              https://www.facebook.com/jobdirectionsni/

Email                     [email protected]


Ulster Supported Employment (USEL)

USEL is Northern Irelands largest supporter of people with disabilities and health conditions into work.

Their STRIDE project offers people who are unemployed or economically inactive tailored support into work.
  • Job Searching​
  • CV Completion
  • Job Applications
  • Interview Skills, including Mock Interviews and Preparation for Online Interviews
  • Qualifications for Work including Essential Skills (if applicable)
  • Work Experience
  • Getting a Job
  • Support In Work
  • Health & Wellbeing Support
  • Meeting New People through Social Inclusion Activities (currently provided online but hope to move to face to face as when restrictions reduce)
  • Disability Awareness Training for Employers

Address                 Gortfoyle House, 104 Spencer Road, BT47 6AG 

Telephone              028 71 161595 

Website                  https://www.usel.co.uk/

Facebook               https://www.facebook.com/uselcompany

Email                      [email protected]


The Conservation Volunteers (TVC)

TCV works to create healthier and happier communities for everyone by connecting people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both. Currently they offer a programme of free training and support to unemployed people to help them gain skills and qualifications and move on to employment or further training. They have adapted their work with volunteers and participants to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all. TCV specialises in land-based qualifications such as Amenity Horticulture.


Address                 The Horticulture Training Centre, Brooke Park, C/O Brooke Park Leisure Centre,

                               Brooke Park, Derry BT48 1HH 

Telephone              028 71 262664

Website                  https://www.tcv.org.uk/northernireland/employment-programmes/

Facebook               https://www.facebook.com/tcvni

Email                      [email protected]  |  [email protected]


The Women’s Centre

The Women’s Centre is a safe and welcoming space for women in the North West to undertake learning and develop connections in a secure environment with onsite crèche for childcare needs. They provide information, guidance and signposting services, supporting all women including those living in disadvantaged communities and facing multiple barriers to participation. Their projects, which fall under a holistic support model, take account of women’s lives and choices, potential barriers and suitable times and class sizes.

Address                  5 Guildhall Street, Derry, BT48 6BB 

Telephone              028 71 267672 

Website                  https://www.thewomenscentre.co.uk/

Facebook               https://www.facebook.com/Womencentrederry

Email                      [email protected]

[email protected]     


Skills Northwest

Skills North West help people find employment, access support and remain healthy and successful in the workplace. They provide quality training in a varied range of sectors, helping people to improve their life and work skills to achieve their career goals. All participants are also taught to improve their employability skills to enable them to take up future opportunities. This community based employability project reaches out to all unemployed people including to those most removed or isolated from the labour market to offer the support necessary to move them closer to finding employment.

Address                  128 Lecky Road, Derry, BT48 6NP 

Telephone               028 71 262812 

Website                  https://www.skillsnorthwestproject.com/

Facebook               https://www.facebook.com/Skills-North-West/

Email                      [email protected]


Partner Hubs

Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership
Central Drive, Creggan Estate
BT48 9QG
Tel : (028) 7128 1900


Strabane Community Project 
Learning Hub, 42 Barrack Street, 
Strabane, Co. Tyrone
BT82 8HD
Tel : (028) 7188 3102


Greater Shantallow Area Partnership
Unit C3-C4 Northside Village Centre
Glengalliagh Road, Derry
BT48 8NN
Tel : (028) 7135 8787


Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership
Shared Future Centre
61 Irish Street, Derry / Londonderry
BT47 2DB
Tel : (028) 7134 2959


Glen Development Initiative
Cedar Street
BT48 0EG
Tel : (028) 7126 8748


Churchtown Community Association
42 Lurganboy Road
BT81 7HT
Tel : (028) 8167 0652


Lettershandoney District & Development Group
Mullabuoy Centre, Lettershandoney
BT47 3HZ
Tel : (028) 7130 1584 / 7130 2388


Diamond Centre
Barnailt Road
BT47 4EA
Tel : (028) 7133 8005


Dove House Community Trust
32 Meenan Square, Derry
BT48 9EX
Tel : (028) 7126 9327