SICAP (SOCIAL INCLUSION AND COMMUNITY ACTIVATION PROGRAMME)
SICAP (Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. Social inclusion is a process which ensures that those at risk of poverty and social exclusion gain the opportunities and resources necessary to participate fully in economic, social, political and cultural life and to enjoy a standard of living that is considered normal in the society in which they live.
SICAP delivers the programme under two goals:
GOAL 1: Supporting Communities - 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.
GOAL 2: Supporting Individuals - To support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports.
Who is it for?
SICAP supports a range of groups in society which are disadvantaged and marginalised and unable or unlikely to access mainstream supports:
Disadvantaged Children and Families
People living in Disadvantaged Communities
The Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
Low Income Workers / Households
Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15 – 24)
People with Disabilities
KLP and the SICAP Programme
KLP believes the delivery of Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in County Kilkenny in 2017 has continued to be effective, efficient and strategically aligned to other social inclusion and community development supports. The overall socio-economic conditions in the county have changed considerably since the launch of SICAP three ago. These changes have presented local development bodies with new opportunities in the form of increased resources in the wider sector (i.e. mostly outside KLP), and included an expanded training/ mentoring offering by local partners and increased levels of employment. The overall improvement have also created a set of conditions where the most distanced from the labour market, the most disadvantaged and those with most complex needs are even more present in the caseload. Despite the changes in conditions particular communities that have traditionally have been characterised by higher levels of disadvantage continue to display these features.
KLP continues to have a particular focus on key communities – a collection of communities in Kilkenny City, Ferrybank and the Kilkenny Traveller Community Movement. In 2017, it has also involved an important expansion of development work in partnership with communities and local authorities in Graiguenamanagh and Castlecomer. Local community development strategies were linked to social enterprise opportunities in both towns. KLP and Kilkenny County Council combined resources to fund a Community Development/ Social Enterprise Animators (2.5 days per week), in both towns. Both towns have seen an improvement in the local community development and material outcomes.
In 2017 we worked with 821 individuals, 776 of these individuals would have had 2 or more interventions recorded during the year with a combined total of 2,174 interventions across all those active clients (average of 2.65 per individual). With respect to the LCGs, we have 38 groups with at least 2 interventions for the year; this figure includes 5 social enterprises. There are 229 recorded interventions with these groups over the year (average of 6 interventions per group). As the economic conditions in the county improve the groups of people most distanced from training, education and the labour market are coming into clearer view again. During 2017 the caseload became focused on those people more long term unemployed- and who are much more likely to have a complex set of needs- e.g. health, mental health, housing, addiction, etc.. This wider set of human and structural complexities are a persistently demanding element of the work and resources to that might support working with these issues are in short supply.
The Programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by POBAL.
“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”