Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
SICAP is a new social inclusion programme. It was rolled out on 1 April 2015 and will run until December 2017. It is the successor programme to the outgoing Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).
It aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality. It will do this by engaging with local communities. It works with the most disadvantaged and hardest to reach in communities.
SICAP is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. In 2015 the Programme also received a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.
SICAP Target Groups
The Programme targets:
- children and families from disadvantaged areas,
- lone parents,
- new communities (including refugees and asylum seekers),
- people living in disadvantaged communities,
- people with disabilities,
- the unemployed (including those not on the Live Register),
- low income workers/households,
- young unemployed people from disadvantaged areas, and
- young people aged 15-24 who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
The Programme has three goals that focus on community development, education and training, and employment. They are:
- 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;
- 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; and
- 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. To help move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness. To support access to employment and self-employment and to create social enterprise opportunities.
Delivery of SICAP
SICAP is overseen and managed by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in each local authority area. Each LCDC agrees annual targets for their area based on local needs to ensure the Programme achieves its goals. SICAP is delivered by Programme Implementers (PIs) who are engaged by the LCDC in each area.
The Department has engaged Pobal to work on its behalf to manage and oversee the delivery of SICAP nationally. More information about the programme can be found on the Pobal website.
Pobal have also produced a short and very useful Youtube video which is worth watching.