SICAP (2015-2017)

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


Following a public procurement process, the contract for implementation of the new SICAP programme has been awarded to Westmeath Community Development Ltd.

Welcoming the completion of contracts for the new programme, Mr Pat Gallagher Chairman of Westmeath Local Community Development Committee and Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council, said:

“The new SICAP will focus on social inclusion through empowering communities to work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders using a broad range of supports and interventions facilitated through the new programme. It will target those most disadvantaged and excluded in our society and will afford local flexibility to respond to local needs.  The management of this programme is an important step in increasing the role of the Council in local service delivery.”

Chairman of Westmeath Community Development Ltd, Dermot Leavy said:

“Westmeath Community Development has 20 years experience in the implementation of community development programmes in the county.  These community programmes make a real difference to communities on the ground, especially those in our communities that are marginalised and suffering disadvantage  We are delighted that our tender was successful and we look forward to continuing to implement quality community development initiatives to cater for the needs of the people of the county.”

The SICAP programme which is being rolled out across the country, will engage with the most difficult to reach in the most disadvantaged areas. 

The SICAP target groups are:

  • Children and Families from Disadvantaged Areas 
  • Lone Parents
  • New Communities (including Refugees/Asylum Seekers)
  • People living in Disadvantaged Communities
  • People with Disabilities
  • Roma
  • The Unemployed (including those not on the Live Register)
  • Travellers
  • Young Unemployed People from Disadvantaged areas

WCD will hold a series of information sessions, starting in April on SICAP, and details of these events and where they are on will be in the local papers and

For further information on SICAP email