Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme


The aim of the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration. Its 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.

SICAP is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), including a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

The Programme has three goals which are focused on the most disadvantaged groups and individuals.

Goal 1: 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.

  • Objective G1.1: To support and promote the community engagement of disadvantaged target groups across the life-cycle;
  • Objective G1.2: To support the development of local community groups which promote equality and social inclusion in a local, regional or national context;
  • Objective G1.3: To support disadvantaged communities and individuals to enhance their participation in local, regional and national decision-making structures;
  • Objective G1.4: To develop and facilitate strategic collaborative frameworks and networks as part of a dialogue for developing solutions to social exclusion.

Goal 2. 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;

  • Objective G2.1: To identify and provide information on learning supports available to individuals experiencing educational disadvantage;
  • Objective G2.2: To support individuals from target groups experiencing educational disadvantage to participate in life-long learning opportunities;
  • Objective G2.3: To provide supports to children and young people from target groups who are at risk of early school leaving and/or not in employment, education or training (NEETs);
  • Objective G2.4: To influence the development of local decision making structures and networks so that they better address barriers to learning and enhance local learning systems for people experiencing educational disadvantage.

Goal 3. 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.

  • Objective G3.1: To engage with SICAP target groups and youth to move them closer to the labour market and progress them into employment;
  • Objective G3.2: To support SICAP target groups and youth in becoming self-employed and sustaining this;
  • Objective G3.3: To support social enterprises operating in disadvantaged communities in providing services to these communities, and linking people from SICAP target groups to employment opportunities within the sector;
  • Objective G3.4: To influence the development of local decision making structures and networks to ensure more collaborative approaches to tackling labour market barrier and addressing unemployment.

For more information contact the SICAP team
Tel: 069 66293

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