Seated at front are:
Mr Joe Potter, CEO Westmeath Community Development, Mr Dermot Leavy, Chairman Westmeath Community Development, Cllr John Shaw, Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council, Annette Barr Jordan, Community Development Westmeath County Council.
Mr Frank Murtagh, Assistant CEO Westmeath Community Development, Mr Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive Westmeath County Council, Mr Hugh O Reilly, Chief Officer Westmeath Local Community Development Committee.
Supporting communities and getting people into employment are the two main Goals of the new Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022. This programme has been secured for County Westmeath when contracts were signed on Friday 15th December 2017 between Westmeath County Council, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee, and Westmeath Community Development for the delivery of a new programme over the next 5 years.
The new SICAP Programme is 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 current SICAP Programme comes to an end on 31st December 2017. Following a public procurement process, the contract for the implementation of the new SICAP programme has been awarded to Westmeath Community Development. Implementation of the new programme will commence in January 2018.