Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 Print


The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020

South West Mayo Development Company is contracted by Mayo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) to implement the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 in the Castlebar Municipal District, the Claremorris Municipal District and the Mayo Islands.

SICAP's aim is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Ireland through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.


SICAP has two Goals:

1. To support communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues, developing the capacity of Local Community Groups, and creating more sustainable communities.

2. To support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports

Primary Target Groups to be Engaged

SICAP recognises that disadvantage is experienced more strongly by particular groups of people in society and in particular geographic communities. SICAP takes a dual approach to targeting disadvantage and social exclusion by targeting communities in need by taking an area-based approach, and individuals in need by taking an issue-based approach. The following are the target groups to be engaged through SICAP:

- Disadvantaged Children and Families - People living in Disadvantaged Communities
- Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15-24) - People with Disabilities
- Disadvantaged Women - Roma
- Lone Parents - Travellers
- Low Income Workers/Households - The Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
- New Communities - The Unemployed

Work carried out under SICAP 2018

The Mayo Islands case study (Lot 29.1) provides input into how SICAP is supporting Inishturk in the development of its community organic garden.

The Castlebar & Claremorris Municipal Districts case study (Lot 29.3) is an overview of SWMDC's Foundation 4 Life programme and shows the intensive work we are carrying out through SICAP, and the Western Region Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, to support young people to find their way back to employment and education

Featured work carried out under SICAP 2019

The Mayo Islands case study (Lot 29:1) provides an overview of a road safety project called Making Positive Choices delivered with young people and the wider community on both Inishturk and Clare Island. This was a collaborative project with An Garda Síochána, Mayo County Council and the Islands Development Offices.

The Castlebar & Claremorris area case study (Lot 29:3) gives an insight into our Business Support programme and supports delivered under SICAP and with the support of the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection and Mayo Local Enterprise Office.

Featured work carried out under SICAP 2020

The Mayo Islands case study (Lot 29:1) gives an overview of how SICAP support on Clare Island was used to develop the Community Polytunnel.

The Castlebar & Claremorris case study (Lot 29:3) features SWMDC's work through SICAP in supporting community organisations to reopen safely following the initial easing of restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID19.

Featured work carried out under SICAP 2021

The Mayo Islands case study (Lot 29:1) traces one person's journey through SICAP as she aims to create a sustainable livelihood on Clare Island post COVID.

The Castlebar & Claremorris case study (Lot 29:3) focuses on SWMDC's work on Digital Inclusion in 2021 including our laptop loan scheme, bespoke IT skills tutoring and the online delivery of Foundation 4 Life.


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