Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-'17
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is the Government's main community-based, anti-poverty programme and it runs until December 2017 (it was launched in April, 2015). The aim of SICAP is: “To reduce poverty, promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration.”
VisionSICAP’s vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.
3 High Level Goals
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.
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, or who are referred to SICAP, to move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness, and support them in accessing employment and self-employment and creating social enterprise opportunities.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UNDERPINS ALL
All of SICAP’s work is
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WHAT THE PROGRAMME PROMISES:
GOAL 1 - OUTCOMES
GOAL 2 - OUTCOMES
GOAL 3 - OUTCOMES
About the Local and Community Development Programme (2010-Apr 2015)
SICAP, in April 2015, replaced the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) which was carried out chiefly by 50 Local Development Companies and 25 other funded companies across Ireland.
The LCDP had a budget of €48 million in 2014.
The Programme provided support and services to 18 categories of people experiencing poverty and/or marginalisation.
The work was underpinned by a community development approach and thousands of volunteers give their time annually to support Programme activities in their local areas.
It employed around 2,000 workers to bring about positive change at local level using a Community Development approach.
The LCDP was administered by Pobal on behalf of the Irish Government.
Local Development Companies have a national representative organisation called the Irish Local Development Network based in Clondalkin, Dublin. W: ildn.ie
The main predecessor programmes to the LCDP include the Community Development Programme (CDP) which ran for 18 years and the Local Development and Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP).
5,000 jobs created via social enterprise support
RTE’s ‘Morning Ireland’ linked with 'Changing Ireland' to report on the impact community workers engaged in Local and Community Development have had in creating over 5,000 new jobs annually. They interviewed people in Cork and Limerick: