SICAP 2018 – 2022
What is SICAP?
SICAP is an acronym for Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme.
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.
SICAP operates in County Wexford from 1 April 2018 to 31 December 2022.
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 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.
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.
SICAP is managed locally by Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) with support from Wexford County Council. It is delivered on the ground by Wexford Local Development. Pobal acts as the agent of the Department of Rural and Community Development with respect to national management and oversight of the programme.
Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC)
Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is the Contracting Authority for SICAP in County Wexford. Wexford LCDC is the key decision-maker in terms of annual planning, monitoring and oversight of SICAP services in County Wexford.
Wexford County Council
Wexford County Council supports the LCDC in managing the programme and provides administrative supports. It also has a role in relation to reviewing and enforcing the obligations of the Programme Implementer.
Wexford Local Development
Programme Implementer (PIs) deliver SICAP at a local level as per their annual plan. They report to the LCDC on their progress in carrying out these actions. They engage with the programme target groups. Wexford Local Development is the current PI for SICAP services across County Wexford.
SICAP supports a range of groups in society which are disadvantaged and marginalised and unable or unlikely to access mainstream supports. Pre-defined target groups have been set for SICAP and these have been selected based on the current socioeconomic context, the level of need in society and government priorities. See below for a list of the 13 identified target groups;
Do you want to find out what services are available to you under SICAP in County Wexford? You can find more details from your local Programme Implementer – Wexford Local Development at www.wld.ie/programmes/social-inclusion-community-activation-programme-sicap.
More information on SICAP can also be found on the Department of Rural and Community Development website – www.drcd.gov.ie/community/sicap/
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.