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Social Farming Print

Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of social support service.  In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day to day activities of the farm.

Diversity Mayo Print
One of our newest programmes, Diversity Mayo started in April 2017 and will run for three years. This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and supported by the Department of Justice and Equality.
Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014-2020 Print

The Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014 - 2020 is now open for applications.

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


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Rural Social Scheme Print

The aims of the RSS are to provide income support for farmers and fishermen who are currently in receipt of specified Social Welfare payments, and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities. The RSS allows low-income farmers and fishermen who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding/fishing, to earn a supplementary income.

Rural Recreation & Walks Scheme Print

The Rural Recreation Programme enables the Company to employ a Rural Recreation Officer.  The responsibilities of this person include the following:

  • Promoting and encouraging the development, delivery and improvement of recreational projects, infrastructure and activities including land, water and air based activities
  • Development, improvement and promotion of other outdoor recreational activities, including mountain access
  • Management of the Walks Scheme
Community Employment Print

Funded by the Department of Social Protection, SWMDCo has sponsored two Community Employment (CE) schemes since 2010. The schemes are divided between the south and west of our area and we employ two Supervisors and an Assistant Supervisor to manage 50 participants. A total of 21 community organisations benefit from our CE schemes.

Tús Print

Tús aims to provide short-term, quality work opportunities for those who are unemployed and to provide certain services of benefit to communities.

Tús will be managed at a local level, on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, by the Local Development Companies and in the Gaeltacht by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

South West Mayo Development Company has an allocation of 140 places in its area of operation.

Western Region Drugs Task Force Print

The Western Region Drugs Task Force (WRDTF) is a co-ordinating body set up in May 2003 as one of the key recommendations of the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008. It was established to research, develop and implement, using a partnership approach, a coordinated, regionally appropriate response to substance misuse.

The WRDTF has funded projects that support and assist in the implementation of the its new strategic plan 'The Way Forward' 2011-2014. South West Mayo Development Company is working in partnership with the WRDTF on projects in the Mayo and north Roscommon areas.

Welcome to South West Mayo Development Co. Print

South West Mayo Development Company is the Local Integrated Development Company, supporting communities and individuals throughout south and west Mayo.

This development support is provided by the management and delivery of the following programmes and activities in the company’s area of operation:

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South West Mayo Development Company, Main Company Office, Georges Street, Newport, Co. Mayo, (F28 X329) Ireland.
T: +353 (0) 98 41950  F: +353 (0) 98 41952  E: info@southmayo.com

Rural Social Scheme Office, Main Street, Balla, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
T: +353 (0) 94 9366692  F: +353 (0) 94 9366693 E: rss@southmayo.com

Registered in Dublin 182222. Recognised by the Revenue Commissioners as a Charity No. CHY 10482
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