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.


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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.


Updated: 01/09/2015

Call for Expression of Interests: Community Services Programme

Expression of Interest (EOI) call by Dept. of Social Protectiondsp logo

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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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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