What we do

The INOU provide services to and engage with six key groups:

  • Unemployed people
  • Local organisations which support unemployed people
  • National organisations that work on a range of equality, social inclusion and anti-poverty issues
  • Employers
  • Policy makers /key Government Departments
  • The media.

Our work in relation to all these groups is central to sustaining our role and relevance as the national representative organisation of the unemployed. We have long recognised that the most effective route out of poverty and social exclusion for unemployed people, and those reliant on welfare payments is access to decent employment coupled with the knowledge, capacity and ability of the individual to take up such employment opportunities.

We provide a wide range of services and supports to unemployed people and people in receipt of other Social Welfare payments.

Services

Our services include:

  • The provision of welfare to work information and advocacy services to unemployed people and organisations providing Information to unemployed people. In 2016, we responded to over 8,000 queries. We also produce a wide range of welfare to work information publications including 25,000 copies of Working for Work – the most comprehensive publication available that covers work, education, training and welfare to work options.
  • The delivery of training/support services to member organisations. The organisation is a QQI accredited training provider and provides a range of training/support services and programmes to our member groups and other organisations (including statutory agencies) on welfare to work and employment entitlements. The organisation also provides training directly to people who are long-term unemployed through our very successful Building Futures Programme and our new Shaping Futures Programme.
  • The provision of expert labour market policy analysis on employment, unemployment, education and training. The INOU is represented on a range of policy forums, including the Labour Market Council which is tasked with overseeing the Government’s Pathways to Work initiative.
  • Membership supports including the involvement of Unemployed People/Individual Membership. This involves the structured participation of unemployed people in the INOU through the General Branch; the maintenance of a network of Individual Member contacts and activists and the engagement of unemployed people in the organisation’s work through thematic focus groups, workshops and introductory meetings.
  • The INOU Community Employment Scheme/Transitional Work Programme. The INOU have been running a Community Employment (CE) Scheme for over 20 years. We currently employ sixteen CE participants, thirteen of whom work in our offices in North Richmond Street and three who work in Ozanam House Resource Centre, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

  • Linkages with member organisations. Integral to this are the regional Discussion Forum meetings which provide an opportunity for us to brief our members on developments in relation to unemployment/employment, and related issues. The supports provided to members of the Forums in terms of information sharing and publications have been invaluable to the work of local groups. These meetings enable the INOU to ensure that the day-to-day issues affecting members are integrated into our day to day work.

Governance

The organisation has a formal Constitution that prescribes the key governance aspects of the organisation. Our voluntary Board of Management (or National Executive Committee) has overall responsibility for managing and directing the work of the organisation and it’s staffing and financial resources. Day to day responsibility for the running of the organisation is delegated to the INOU Co-ordinator and the Senior Management Team.

The INOU has commenced the journey to adopting the Governance Code.