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Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

The primary aim of SICAP is to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations, public sector agencies and other stakeholders. Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected. ‌

The SICAP Programme has three goals:

  • Strengthening Local Communities
  • Promoting Lifelong Learning
  • Helping People to become more Job Ready

The three SICAP goals contain activities that are focused on the most disadvantaged groups and individuals in the county.

Following a procurement process Westmeath LCDC appointed Westmeath Community Development Ltd to implement the SICAP programme in Westmeath. The contract for the SICAP programme commenced on 1st April 2015 and will run until 31st Dec 2017 with an annual budget of the order of €750,000. The LCDC monitor and review the implementation of SICAP in accordance with the terms of the contract.

For more information on SICAP is available at the following location SICAP

 SICAP Contract Photo

Left to right: Cllr Paddy Hill Cathaoirleach Westmeath County Council, Pat Gallagher Chairman Westmeath Local Community Development Committee and Chief Executive Westmeath Co Council, Frank Murtagh, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Westmeath Community Development Ltd and Dermot Leavy, Chairman, Westmeath Community Development Ltd