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

SICAP Logos with tagline - current version Oct 2016  

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.

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

Westmeath Community Development to deliver Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in Westmeath.


Pictured above at the signing of contract on 25th March between Westmeath County Council, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee, and Westmeath Community Development Ltd for the delivery of the new SICAP for Westmeath are Cllr Paddy Hill Cathaoirleach Westmeath County Council, Pat Gallagher Chairman Westmeath Local Community Development Committee and Chief Executive Westmeath Co Council, Frank Murtagh, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Westmeath Community Development Ltd and

Dermot Leavy, Chairman, Westmeath Community Development Ltd

The existing Local and Community Development Programme comes to an end on 31st March 2015.  The new SICAP is a local social inclusion programme focussed on the most marginalised in Irish society.  It aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.  The three goals of the new SICAP are focussed on:

  • Community Development;
  • Education and training; and
  • Employment

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Bespoke Barista Course


Westmeath Community Development in conjunction with Esquires, Department of Social Protection & RAPID delivers Bespoke Barista Course

Course aim: This course is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to work as a Barista. Being a barista is not as simple as just being able to make a good cup of coffee, you must have an excellent understanding of coffee recipes, milk techniques, knowledge and skills in how to operate and clean machines as well as possessing excellent customer service skills.

WCD are delighted to have been offered the opportunity to work with Fergal and Rhona,  proprietors of several Esquire stores, who have achieved retail excellence Ireland awards and outstanding tributes for their commitment to standards of excellence in retail and customer service. Fergal and Rhona continue to expand their stores and are opening soon in Harbour Place Mullingar, where they will offer exceptional homemade food to accompany their delicious coffees.  

If you are considering applying for a job or have applied for a job with Esquires, have previous experience as a barista, chef, deli worker then this course is for you.  Participation on the course will significantly improve your job application and preparation process, you will improve your interview skills; gain first hand  in-depth understanding of Esquires recipes, barista coffee and milk techniques, customer service skills and may even help you to  secure a winning interview with Esquires.  

Who should apply: Anyone who is currently unemployed and on a DSP payment   

There are 8 units of study:
Unit 1    Customer Service    Unit 2: Background to Esquires     Unit 3:    Barista Training Unit 4: Deli Training        Unit 5:    HACCP                Unit 6: Manual Handling
Unit 7: Smoothies, iced coffees, milkshake, frappe recipes and skills   
Unit 8: Employability skills

Location:     Mullingar Westmeath Community Development Training Dept  
Duration& Time:     4 weeks full time Monday to Friday from 10 to 4 pm
Start date:    Thursday 26th March 2015  Number of places: 12 places on course
Eligibility criteria:     People 18 years + who are unemployed & in receipt of a DSP payment

Only individuals interested in working in this industry should apply, 100 % attendance on course is required.  Participation on course does not entitle you to a job or an interview with Esquires but successful completion will considerably improve your chances of securing an interview.   

Application & selection process includes the following:

  • Application form – registration by email only
  • Closing date for applications Monday 23rd March 1 pm (applications after 1 on will

       not be accepted)

  • Interviews for course place - Tuesday 24th March


To apply for a place on this course email for an application form, please note limited places available so don’t hesitate.

Funded by WCD under the Local Community Development Programme, DSP & RAPID



Employment Opportunities

The Department of Social Protection website carries information on available positions; full time, part time and work placement opportunities. On the 12th May 206 full time and part time positions were advertised on the site, along with vacancies for employment programme such as Community Employment, Jobsbridge and TÚS.

In Westmeath and the surrounding counties there were 39 full time and part time positions advertised in the last week, along with 14 employment programme positions.

For further information click here 

If you would like help applying for positions, or assistance with a CV and application forms please contact Patricia McKenna, Employment Mediator on 044 9348571, email or Noel Breslin, Job Club Manager on 090 6494555, email