Welcome to the U-Casadh Project
We are a social inclusion project and registered charity based on the border of Waterford and Kilkenny. Our mission is to be a catalyst for change in attitudes to crime, social exclusion, rehabilitation and justice.
The U-Casadh Project was established in 2008 by former prison officer, Stephen Plunkett. Stephen had become disillusioned with seeing the same people coming through the 'revolving doors' of the prisons in which he worked (St. Patrick's Institute, Wheatfield and Clover Hill) and decided to work with people in the community, providing them with "occupation with purpose" in order to reduce their chances of returning to prison.
The project was originally set up to work with ex-prisoners, 24 and over, and their families. Since then, the project has broadened out its service provision (through the addition of our Department of Social Protection-funded Community Employment scheme) to people over the age of 18, referred in by the Probation Service, Drug Treatment Services, Homeless Services and others.
We have a strong focus on Social Inclusion, through encouraging entrepreneurship - as the empowerment of self-employment removes many of the obstacles which many of the people who use our service encounter.
U-Casadh is a registered charity and is developing its own social enterprise, as well as supporting other to develop theirs.
Further information on the services we provide can be found here. Pleases also check out out blog.