SICAP (2018-2022)

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.

Further information on SICAP (2018-2022) in Westmeath contact WCD on

Further information on SICAP (2018-2022) nationally is available at 

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Training Opportunity: DISABILITY AWARENESS QQI LEVEL 6 (6N1975)

WCD without LTDWho should apply: The course is suitable for those who are working in the social care, healthcare sector, or with those with intellectual disabilities. Or anyone studying towards a healthcare award.

WCD offering this course to support individuals gains the relevant qualifications and skills to work in this industry and as always the course is FREE to all.

Duration: 4 full days in a classroom setting. Learners will be required to complete self-study and assignments outside of class time. Status: Component (Elective) Credit Value: This component award is worth 15 ECTS credits Certification: A Certificate in Disability Awareness 6N1975  

Aim: The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the models and types of disabilities and the legal and social structures and services in place to accommodate disabilities at national and community level and in the workplace.

Participant Profile:

Work Experience: Learners may complete their Work Experience in their place of employment if they have the opportunity to observe and support persons with disabilities. Garda Vetting will be required.

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RAPID Mullingar Newsletter

Westmeath Community Development (WCD) and Westmeath County Council (WCC) collaborated on the attached Mullingar RAPID Newsletter to show the work undertaken over the last year in Mullingar under the RAPID action.

RAPID is a government project which aims to support communities to improve the quality of life of those living in their areas. It helps communities to access the resources and expertise of state agencies and it helps to establish and build local groups e.g. residents associations, women’s groups etc. The overall aim of the project is to enable communities to improve and sustain themselves and have a happier, healthier life for all living in their areas.

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Training Opportunity - Medical Device & Cosmetic Manufacturing Course

Westmeath Community Development (WCD), Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) 

in conjunction with Europharma Concepts Ltd (EPC) offers a Free Training Opportunity with our

Medical Device Drug & Cosmetic Manufacturing Course

Information day

Monday 5th March at 11.30 am in
Annebrook House Hotel
= All Welcome! =

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Who Should Attend This Course?
This course is suitable for anyone interested in working in the medical or pharmaceutical industry in roles such as general operatives, clean room operatives or QA and operation roles. No prior learning or work experience necessary, this is a foundation level course.

Course Objectives

Key learning objectives of the course are:

  • Understand the Regulations that govern the medical device sector
  • Increased knowledge of all fundamental principles for all personnel involved in the management and operations of cleanrooms
  • Gain knowledge on how GMP regulations and ISO standards define cleanroom design, operation and validation
  • Gain an understanding of risk management for medical device, medicinal drug manufacture and cosmetics
  • Gain knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of terminology, improve your interview skills, and link your abilities and skills to specific job roles and responsibilities in this industry.

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Invitation to Tender: Establishment of Panel of Trainers

Westmeath Community Development is creating a panel of trainers with whom to engage over the next 24 months for the purposes of delivery of a range of accredited modules.  Individuals and organisations are sough that have skills and experience in delivering training to diverse groups, unemployed individuals, youth and the ability to deliver in both rural and urban areas of Westmeath in the following modules:

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) 5N1729
  • Care Skills Fetac 5N2770
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Manual/patient Handling
  • Infection Control 5N3734
  • Team working 5N1367
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Palliative Care Support 5N3769
  • Care Support 5N0758
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Safe Pass
  • Reception & Front Desk Skills QQI 5
  • Customer Service QQI 5
  • Excel/data entry QQI 4 & 5 Introduction and intermediate
  • Communications
  • Payroll Accounts SAGE
  • Social Media Introduction

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Request for Tender: To deliver a Catering Skills Course

FoodWestmeath Community Development invites proposals from organisations & individuals to deliver a Catering Skills Course.

The purpose of the course is to:

  • Equip our clients with the knowledge, skill and competence to carry out range of practical skills to enable them to competently carry out core catering responsibilities and culinary tasks within various hospitality food service settings.
  • Develop and perform techniques and processes essential to professional cookery.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding necessary to produce and garnish dishes, using a range of traditional and contemporary commodities and processes.
  • Provide learners with the skills, techniques and understanding necessary to produce breakfast, lunches, salads, sandwiches, dinners, deserts, baking skills and volume cooking.

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