The new Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) commenced on 1 January 2018 and will run until the end of 2022. It replaces SICAP 2015-2017.
SICAP aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality. It does this through SICAP Programme Implementers that work with the most disadvantaged and the 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.
SICAP Target Groups
The Programme targets:
- disadvantaged children and families,
- disadvantaged young people (aged 15-24),
- disadvantaged women,
- lone parents,
- new communities (including refugees and asylum seekers),
- people living in disadvantaged communities,
- people with disabilities,
- the unemployed,
- low income workers/households,
- the disengaged from the Labour Market (economically inactive), and
- an emerging needs target group selected at local level by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) to reflect the specific needs of the local area if not otherwise addressed.
The Programme has two goals that focus on supporting communities and individuals. They are:
- To 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; and
- To support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports.
Delivery of SICAP
SICAP is overseen and managed by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in local authority areas. Each LCDC agrees annual targets for their area based on local needs to ensure the Programme achieves its goals, and can choose to add a target group to be helped in their area if they think it’s necessary. SICAP is delivered by Programme Implementers 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(link is external).
Do you want to find out what services are available to you under SICAP? You can contact your local SICAP Programme Implementer. You will find their contact details on the Pobal website(link is external).