The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is a national programme funded by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.
This programme commenced on 1st April 2015 and will run until December 2017. It is the successor programme to the outgoing Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).
SICAP is a community development programme which aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term employment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
This is done using community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.
The SICAP programmes provide supports to the following people:
- The Unemployed
- The Roma Community
- One Parent Families
- People with a disability
- Those living in communities which are less well off than others
- Those on a low income
- Migrant; refugees or asylum seekers and
- Young people looking for a job or training
Programmes provided under SICAP include:
- Enterprise/Self-Employment Supports
- Education and Lifelong Learning
- Community Development Supports
- Employment Supports.
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.
In Laois, the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) monitors the roll out of SICAP on behalf of DECLG and POBAL, which monitors funding of the programme.
Programme Implementer in Laois is Laois Partnership Company who can be contacted as follows:
Laois Partnership Company, Head Office, County Hall (Áras an Chontae), Portlaoise, Co Laois
Tel: 057 8661900 Fax: 057 8678043