Roscommon LEADER Partnership:

    SICAP - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme

    The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.
    The aim of the Social Inclusion and 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.

    Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) will be required to focus on social inclusion through empowering communities to work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders using a broad range of supports and interventions facilitated via the new programme funds. The Programme Implementers, with the support of LCDCs, will target those most disadvantaged and excluded in our society. It will afford local flexibility to respond to local priorities in the context of the national programme framework. 
    The Programme has three Goals:

    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;

    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;

    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.
    For more about the SICAP programme, click on the video below: