Social Farming SICAP Report
WCD was delighted to be part of the Social Farming Ireland report on Social Farming and the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme, launched at the farm of Patrick and Corrina Corrigan in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on the 21st January.
Amongst the attendance of was Principal Officer for the Social Inclusion and Communities Unit of the Department of Rural and Community Development, Paul Geraghty, along with Local Development Companies, Social Farmers and beneficiaries of social farming.
This publication explores the interactions and collaborations between Social Farming and the SICAP Programme and highlights the potential for Social Farming to provide positive outcomes for SICAP clients. It provides an introduction to Social Farming and to the SICAP Programme, describes the current level of engagement and activity between both, and presents two detailed case studies, including a Westmeath Community Development case study, of Social Farming placements funded and supported by SICAP which provide strong qualitative evidence of the relevance and benefits of Social Farming to clients. It summarises the synergies between the goals and values of Social Farming and those of the SICAP Programme and describes how Social Farming placements work in practice and the pathways which can be taken by SICAP staff wishing to explore Social Farming as an outcome for clients.
For anyone who wants to find out more about Social Farming, please contact Project Co-ordinator Helen Doherty at the National Social Farming Office at 071-9641772 or firstname.lastname@example.org