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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



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 
  • Disability Awareness Training for Employers

Address                 Gortfoyle House, 104 Spencer Road, BT47 6AG 

Telephone              028 71 161595 



Email                      [email protected]  or [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



Email                      [email protected]  |  [email protected]

The Bytes Project

The Bytes Project has been working with the most vulnerable young people in Northern Ireland for nearly three decades. They use youth work and technology to help young people transform their lives & give them the confidence and skills they need to change the world around them for good. The Bytes Project strategy is comprised of 4 pillars, Youth Voice, Youth Digital, Youth Empathy & Youth Place. 

Youth Voice - Our goal is to create accessible, non-judgmental spaces for young people to speak about issues affecting them and their communities, and to promote the voices of young people on local, regional & national issues. 

Youth Digital - We aim to give young people access to cutting edge digital education, by creating engaging sessions that are accessible and adaptable to any group or context.
Youth Empathy - By creating shared, non-judgmental spaces for young people to meet and interact, we have seen time and again how the youth of today will put aside prejudices to build safer, more inclusive communities.

Youth Place - Over the next three years, our goal is to mentor groups of young people to represent the needs of their peers, while giving voluntary youth work providers support and training, so that youth services become more accessible and youth-led.

Address                  9 Bayview Terrace, Derry/Londonderry, BY48 7AJ 
Telephone               028 71 373347
Email                      [email protected] 

Enterprise Northern Ireland

Enterprise Northern Ireland is the membership organisation for the network of Local Enterprise Agencies in Northern Ireland. We provide support to businesses through pre-start, start-up and growth initiatives as well as providing access to finance. 
The Exploring Enterprise Programme is a pre-enterprise programme which seeks to support people who are considering self-employment as their route to enter and/or return to the labour market. The programme is a mixture of group training and one to one tailored mentoring support. Participants do not need to have a specific business idea to join; the programme provides an insight into starting a business whilst allowing participants to work towards achieving the OCN endorsed Level I qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.

Address:                 Aghanloo Indutrial Estate, Aghanloo Road, Limavady, BT490LQ
Telephone:            02877763555
Email:                   [email protected]

NOW Group

NOW Group are an award-winning social enterprise who delivers services across Northern Ireland supporting people with learning difficulties, disabilities and autism into jobs with a future. We are passionate about changing lives and our priority is on outcomes and impact for individuals, their families and the communities who are the most disadvantaged.  

Address:             15-17 Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 4GN
Telephone:          028 9043 6400 / 07827 777843
Email:                  [email protected] or [email protected]
Twitter:                 @NOW_Group @lovelyloaf

Rural Area Partnership in Derry Ltd  (RAPID)
Established in 1994 RAPID Ltd works with rural communities in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area to identify needs/issues in these communities and to help address them by:
• Advocating on behalf of and with people and community organisations to address these needs… to ensure that the statutory organisations with a responsibility for these issues deliver for people and communities across the Council’s rural catchment
• To build the capacity of rural people and community organisations to address needs, issues, challenges and realise opportunities
• Develop and deliver solutions to needs, issues, challenges and opportunities where and when required

 Address:           2 Foreglen Road, Killaloo, BT47 3TP
 Telephone:        02871337149
 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










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