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.

Reception Front Desk Skills QQI 5 Course

SWANCourse content and learning outcomes:

You will develop the knowledge and skills to deal with clients in person and by telephone in a professional friendly business-like manner.  You will gain an in-depth understanding of the many functions of a receptionist including administration duties. 

Course is free to all, funded by the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme 2015-2017 and the European Social Fund.

Assessment of Learning:

 All participants will undertake the following Assessment Methods for the above module:

  • Portfolio of Work
  • Practical skills demonstrations

Venue: Course delivered from Westmeath Community Development Mullingar

Duration & Time:  5 weeks – 1 day a week Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm  

Start date: 9th November 2017

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Employment: SICAP Development Workers

wcdlWestmeath 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 two vacancies: :

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Employment Officer, Athlone


Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Employment Officer, Mullingar


Application Form                              Job Description

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2017 Disability & Older Persons Services and Information Event

We are pleased to inform you the the Annual Disability/ Older Persons Services and Information Event is taking place on Monday 4th December in The Mullingar Park Hotel from 11.00am -2pm. This date was chosen as it coincides with E.U Day for Disability.

This event has been hugely successful in previous years, bringing together service providers and service users. In 2016, over 230 people attended and 38 service providers took part. The event is being organised & funded by Westmeath Community Development, Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in conjunction with Independent People with Disabilities and Westmeath County Council.

If you would like to book an Information Stand, please complete the attached booking form, and return it by Friday 10th November @5.00pm. to the address on the form.

Booking Form

 Commercial Booking Form


If you would like any further information please contact Brendan Campbell or Linda Jo Quinn @ 09064-16121 /

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Call for Expression of Interests: Community Services Programme

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Pobal and the Dept of Social Portection have announced a new round of funding for the Community Services Programme (CSP).

Westmeath Community Development CLG (WCD) invites eligible organisations to submit an EOI to be considered for the CSP.   Details on the process and on eligibility criteria are available below

EOI Form                    Guidance Notes on EOI

Information on Community Services Programme

From the EOI’s received in Westmeath, one will be selected and will go forward for consideration by POBAL and Dept of Social Protection, who will select a number of projects from across the country to go forward to prepare and submit a business plan.

An Expression of Interest Form is above , or you can request a copy by contacting WCD at 0449348571.

Completed expressions of interest can be sent to:-

Frank Murtagh
SICAP Programme Manager
Westmeath Community Development
Mullingar E.T.I. Ctr
Mullingar Business Park
Co Westmeath

The closing date for the Expression of Interest is Friday 30th of June 2017.

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