Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

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On the 1st of April 2015, the government launched the new Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).This new programme replaces the previous Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.


Aims & Vision

The SICAP Programme aims to reduce poverty along with promoting social inclusion and equality and to tackle long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. This programme is vital for those in our local communities that are suffering disadvantage in their lives.

The programme has three main goals which are largely concentrated on Community Development, Education and Training and Employment. The vision of the programme is to improve the opportunities available to those who are marginalised and excluded in our society, living in poverty or in unemployment. This will be done through a community development approach, targeted supports and interagency collaboration where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected. There will be a focus on youth in this programme and on interventions to address youth unemployment, for the harder to reach youth.


Goal 1:

To support and resource disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to engage with local and national stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues.

Goal 2:

To support individuals and marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate fully, engage with and fully, engage with and progress through life-long learning opportunities through the use of community development approaches.

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.

SICAP will help to add value to public services by ensuring it fills local gaps in provision and by preparing disadvantaged people.

Main Target Groups

SICAP will focus on 9 target groups which are: Children and families from disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities, Roma, The unemployed, Travelling Community, Young unemployed people from disadvantaged areas.

SICAP in Duhallow

IRD Duhallow is rolling out the SICAP Programme for the Duhallow Region similar to how we delivered the previous LCDP and LDSIP Programmes over the years. This programme helps to reach out to those most isolated and socially excluded in our region. Target Groups in Duhallow vary from Single Parents, Youth, Women, Older People, Carers, Migrants, etc. For individuals and groups who are interested in availing of support via training, grant aid, information seminars, workshops etc please contact IRD Duhallow on 029-60633 or email [email protected] for assistance.

To apply for SICAP funded programmes you must

  1. complete the SICAP Programme Application Form
  2. you will also need to download, print and complete the SICAP Data Consent Form