SICAP (2015-2017)

SICAP (2015-2017)

Welcome to the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) page.

What is SICAP?

The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration. Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.

Programme Implementers, with the support of Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), will target those who are the most disadvantaged and excluded in our society. LCDCs in conjunction with the contracted Programme Implementers are required to empower communities to work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders using a broad range of supports and interventions facilitated via the new programme funds.

The Programme has three goals:

1. To support and resource disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to engage with relevant local and national stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues;

2. To support individuals and marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate fully, engage with and progress through life-long learning opportunities through the use of community development approaches;

3. To engage with marginalised target groups/individuals and residents of disadvantaged communities who are unemployed but who do not fall within mainstream employment service provision, or who are referred to SICAP, to move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness, and support them in accessing employment and self-employment and creating social enterprise opportunities.

Final Report End of Year 2017

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The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

Vacancy: SICAP Employment Officer

Westmeath Community Development is a Local Development Company that provides communities, individuals and businesses in Co Westmeath with a broad range of supports through a team of people who work collaboratively to deliver results.

Westmeath Community Development now wishes to complement the team by filling a vacancy of:

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Employment Officer.

Please find below application form and job description:

       Application Form                                      Job Description

Three copies of completed application form to be sent to the address below quoting reference:-

REF: Emp Off 2017
Tricia McKenna
Coordinator Services to the Unemployed
Westmeath Community Development
Mullingar E.T.I. Ctr
Mullingar Business Park
Co Westmeath

Closing date for receipt of Application Forms is Wednesday 7th June 2017 at 5 p.m.

Canvassing will disqualify. Westmeath Community Development is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Mind Your Mental Health Training Workshop 15/05/2017

Mental Health imageWestmeath Community Development are running a Mind Your Mental Health Training Workshop on Monday 15th May 2017 in the Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The workshop is delivered by the Area Development Officer team from Mental Health Ireland.

If you are interested in this workshop more info can be got by clicking here.

Booking Form for course can be got by clicking here.

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Care Skills Courses - Athlone & Mullingar

Westmeath Community Development will be running two Care Skills Courses in both Athlone and Mullingar in the coming months.  Places are limited on both courses so click on the link below for more info about course and where to apply.




Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 14th April 2017.


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Request for Tender: Care Skills Course

Westmeath Community Development invites proposals from organisations & individuals to deliver accredited care skills modules. Individuals and organisations are sough that have skills and experience in delivering training to diverse groups, unemployed individuals, youth and the ability to deliver in both rural and urban areas of Westmeath in the following modules:

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) 5N1729
  • Care Skills Fetac 5N2770
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Manual/patient Handling
  • Infection Control 5N3734

The Care Skills Course is funded by the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme 2015-2017 and the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF).

The price quoted should be inclusive of travel and subsistence and all other course materials and associated costs. The module shall be delivered over a minimum of 3 days per week full time commencing in or around 10th April 2017. The successful tenderer will be required to report to a designated staff member on a weekly basis. A second course may be contracted to the successful tenderer subject to client demand, the tenderer fulfilling all the contract requirements and successful completion of the initial course.

Information to be submitted

Each tender proposal should include the following:

  • Individual/Company profile including personnel and resources necessary to satisfy suitability criteria
  • Areas of expertise, details of relevant qualifications and experience and skills relevant to the delivery of the proposed modules
  • Details of experience of any sub-consultants which are to be used in the programme delivery
  • Certification/validation capacity and experience
  • Outline of proposed training modules, scheduling and timeframe
  • Methodology; tenders should include details outline the proposed approach to the work and how it is to be implemented
  • Fee proposal; tender should include a detailed breakdown of all costs, as this is a training initiative VAT does not apply
  • Details of at least two previous clients who would provide a testimonial
  • Service providers must produce a valid Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Service providers must hold and produce a copy of their Professional Indemnity Insurance

Providers should note that they will be required to show flexibility and programme contents; structure and delivery mechanisms may need to be adjusted to meet Westmeath Community Developments training needs.

Award of Contract

  1. A selection panel will be established to review the tenders received. 
  2. It is anticipated that bidders will be notified of the outcome of this tender exercise during week commencing 27th March 2017.   The successful contractor will be expected to start work on or around 10th April 2017
  3. Westmeath Community Development shall be under no obligation to accept the lowest, or any tender, and tenderers shall submit offers on the basis of so doing at no cost to the company.
  4. Tender value is the final value and cannot be adjusted.

Tendering individuals/organisations may be requested to attend an interview.

Closing date for receipt of tender: Friday 24/03/2017 at 5 p.m.

One soft-copy must be submitted by email to:

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