SICAP is the government’s national Social Inclusion Programme for Ireland. Clare Local Development Company delivers the SICAP programme in Co. Clare.
The programme aims to support community groups, children, young people and adults from targeted disadvantaged communities or specific target groups e.g. Travellers, New Communities and people with disabilities.
We provide community groups with advice, guidance and training supports.
Some examples of groups we have supported include the Nigerian Association of Clare, the Polish Irish Association, Family Resource Centres, disadvantaged women’s groups and parents groups linked to DEIS schools in the county.
If you would like to find out if we can support your group please contact our SICAP development team on 065 686 6800
SICAP provides a variety of different supports to local community groups in Clare. See below examples of groups which we support.
The Clare Leader Forum is an independent group of people with disabilities who are working to provide a voice on disability issues in Clare
The Polish Irish Association represents the Polish Community in Co. Clare and is actively involved in various intercultural activities
The Scoil Chríost Rí Parents Group is a parents group of children who attend Scoil Chríost Rí in Ennis, who are supported to become more involved with the school community through a variety of different activities
What is SICAP?
SICAP in full is “Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme” and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Pobal and the Local Community Development Committee in Co. Clare.
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.
This programme will run from 2018 – 2022.
Who is it for?
SICAP has specific ‘target’ groups to ensure it is a targeted and focused programme. Only people who are from one or more of these groups are eligible for support under the programme:
Disadvantaged Children and Families
People living in Disadvantaged Communities
Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15 – 24)
People with Disabilities
The Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
Low Income Workers / Households
SICAP has 2 Goals
Goal 1: Supporting Communities
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.
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.
We Support Communities
Developing a group
Influencing decision makers
Hosting a community event/meeting
Training or facilitating
Growing a social enterprise
We Support Individuals
Improving quality of life
Identifying next steps
Finding out about rights & entitlements
Exploring educational, training/employment options
Accessing a small grant for training
Applying for Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and Enterprise Grant
Farm income options
News from the SICAP Programme
Thurs 20th Oct, Newport Community Centre, Co Tipperary, 11am – 1pm
Online & Free
SICAP recognised as key to the COVID response
Raising awareness of social enterprises
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