Report finds that over 55,000 people were supported by the Government’s main Social Inclusion Programme
What is the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)?
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) (2018 – 2022) provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
SICAP (2018 – 2022) is the successor programme to SICAP (2015 - 2017).
SICAP is a social inclusion programme which assists both individuals and groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals.
Who is responsible for SICAP in Westmeath?
SICAP is managed locally by Westmeath Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) , and the Programme Implementer(PI) in Westmeath is Westmeath Community Development.
Who funds SICAP?
SICAP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
(The ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 is co-financing SICAP in the years 2018-2020. PEIL’s priority areas for investment revolve around the activation of the unemployed, social and labour market inclusion, education and youth employment).
What is the aim of SICAP?
The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Ireland through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.
What are the SICAP Programme Goals?
SICAP (2018-2022) has 2 goals ;
Goal 1: Supporting Communities - support communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues, developing the capacity of Local Community Groups, and creating more sustainable communities.
Goal 2: Supporting Individuals - To support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports.
Case Study undertaken 2018
WCD compiled a case study on Employment Supports provided by the company under the SICAP programme in 2018. To download the case study please click here.
Case Study undertaken 2019
WCD compiled a case study on Engagement Strategies with SICAP Target Groups / Communities provided by the company under the SICAP programme in 2019. To download the case study please click here.
Further information on SICAP (2018-2022) in Westmeath contact WCD on email@example.com
Further information on SICAP (2018-2022) nationally is available at www.pobal.ie
Westmeath Community Development are offering short online funding workshops with a particular focus on the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2020, which is currently open for applications. (Closing date for application of CEP funding is 5.00pm Friday August 7th).
The workshops will be offered using the Zoom format. Hubert Rooney and Sharon Timothy will be the facilitators. Each session is expected to last between 60 and 90 minutes and will include tips on filling out the application forms.
Community groups will have the option of taking part in one of two timeslots:
Westmeath Community Development are offering short online funding workshops with a particular focus on the Covid-19 Emergency Fund - Round 2, which is currently open for applications. (Closing date is June 5th).
The workshops will be offered using the Zoom format. Hubert Rooney and Sharon Timothy will be the facilitators. Each session is expected to last between 60 and 90 minutes and will include tips on filling out funding application forms and the Covid-19 Emergency Fund - Round 2.
Community groups will have the option of taking part in one of three timeslots:
Wednesday 27th May 11.00am
Wednesday 27th May 3.00pm
Thursday 28th May 3.00pm
(Above) Tara Duigenan, Westmeath Community Development employee, with Bob Heath from Mullingar, who said: “I’m delighted with the service, it has helped me out no end. I’m very grateful.”
As part of the government response to the Covid-19 crisis, local authorities have established a Covid-19 Community Call Forum to provide support and services to any vulnerable person who needs them.
Ireland’s 49 Local Development Companies are community partners for government and agencies that are embedded in the Community Call response and are using their infrastructure, knowledge, and trusted relationships to help respond to Covid-19.