SICAP (Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme)

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme’s (SICAP) 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.  

South West Mayo Development Company is contracted by Mayo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) to implement the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2023 in the Castlebar Municipal District, the Claremorris Municipal District and the Mayo Islands. 

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

Featured work carried out under SICAP 2021 

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 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 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. 

South West Mayo Development Company implements SICAP in the former Castlebar Municipal District, the former Claremorris Municipal District (C&C), and the Mayo Islands.

See our SICAP area map here

For more information, please contact:
Maria McHale mmchale@southmayo.com087 229 8934Social Inclusion Coordinator
Community & Social Enterprise Supports (C&C)
New Communities Coordinator
Anne-Marie Carroll amcarroll@southmayo.com 087 212 8109Employment & Training Officer (C&C)
Caroline Healy chealy@southmayo.com087 615 1675 /
098 419 50
SICAP Islands Supports
Community Supports (C&C)
Catherine McCloskeycmccloskey@southmayo.com087 124 7771Youth & Community Development (C&C and Islands)
Breda Murray bmurray@southmayo.com087 224 2133 /
094 936 6692
Self Employment Specialist (C&C)
Tracie O’Learytoleary@southmayo.com086 078 8253Lifelong Learning Supports (C&C)

Who is eligible for SICAP?

SICAP recognises that disadvantage is experienced more strongly by 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. There are twelve SICAP target groups as follows:
* Disadvantaged Children and Families
* Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15-24)
* Disadvantaged Women
* Lone Parents
* Low Income Workers/Households
* New Communities
* People living in Disadvantaged Communities
* People with Disabilities
* Roma
* The Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
* The Unemployed
* Travellers