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 The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

About SICAP

From April 1st 2015, South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd will implement the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme in the South Kerry Area.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) has been developed within Ireland’s dynamic social and economic landscape as the successor programme to the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) 2009-2014, and prior to this the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP) 2000-2006. The design of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme has been informed by the views of the community and voluntary sector, in conjunction with Government and statutory priorities.

Aim of SICAP

The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration. 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.

South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd, with the support of the Kerry Local Community Development Committees (LCDC), will target those who are the most disadvantaged and excluded in our society. The Kerry LCDC in conjunction with the South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd will work to empower communities to work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders using a broad range of supports and interventions facilitated via the new programme funds.

Pobal has been nominated by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) to act as its agent with respect to national management and oversight of the programme, including in respect of co-funding under the European Social Fund (ESF). Pobal was mandated to manage the set-up and design of the new social inclusion programme, and drew up the preliminary Programme Framework. Pobal has developed the SICAP requirements which have been agreed with the DECLG.

Objectives of SICAP

The SICAP Programme has the following three goals

 

  1. To support and resource disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to engage with relevant local and national stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues;

 

  1. To support individuals and marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate fully, engage with and progress through life-long learning opportunities through the use of community development approaches;

 

  1. To engage with marginalised target groups/individuals and residents of disadvantaged communities who are unemployed but who do not fall within mainstream employment service provision, or who are referred to SICAP, to move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness, and support them in accessing employment and self-employment and creating social enterprise opportunities.

 

The three SICAP goals contain activities that are focused on the most disadvantaged groups and individuals. Each goal has individual objectives, outcomes and indicators.

South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd will reflect the broad scope of the three SICAP goals in their approach and actions. This involves engaging with marginalised communities and a wide range of service providers using an integrated and community development approach to address issues relating to social exclusion and inequality. In addition, South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd will support individuals from the target groups to participate in and progress through life-long learning opportunities, and move individuals closer to the labour market by supporting them to access different types of employment.

SICAP seeks to promote an equality framework with a particular focus on gender equality and anti-discriminatory practices

SICAP Funding

SICAP is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), including a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). The Department of Education and Skills has primary responsibility for the ESF in Ireland and hosts a dedicated ESF Managing Authority and Certifying Authority, which liaise with the European Commission in respect of the fund. Day to day responsibility for managing ESF co-funding to SICAP rests with the DECLG.

SICAP Target Groups

A number of target groups who are at a higher risk of social exclusion have been prioritised, as well as individuals who are living in disadvantaged areas. The specific target groups are outlined below

  • Children and Families in Disadvantaged Areas
  • Lone Parents
  • New Communities (including refugees/asylum seekers)
  • People living in Disadvantaged Communities
  • People with Disabilities
  • Roma
  • The Unemployed (including those not on the Live Register)
  • Travellers
  • Young unemployed people living in disadvantaged areas
  • NEETs – Young people aged 15- 24 years who are not in employment, education or training
SICAP Programme Timeframe

The duration of each SICAP contract is for a maximum of 33 months, from 1st April 2015 to 31st December 2017. Continued funding is subject to a satisfactory annual performance review, which will commence in December each year and be completed by the following January.

South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd – SICAP Coverage in South Kerry
County Kerry is divided into three lots for the purposes of SICAP programme delivery in County Kerry.  South Kerry will deliver the SICAP programme in Lot 19-3 South Kerry & Killarney as set out in the map below.

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Further Information on SICAP in South Kerry

For further information on the SICAP Programme in South Kerry, please contact Noel Spillane, Chief Executive Officer, South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd, West Main Street, Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.

Tel:      066 9472724

Email: [email protected]

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

SICAP – officers

John McCrohan – Enterprise Officer/Rural Development Officer -

South Kerry Development Partnership, 37 High Street; 2nd Floor, Killarney (064) 6636572

[email protected]

 

Éadaoin Moynihan – Community Development Officer -

South Kerry Development Partnership, 37 High Street; 2nd Floor, Killarney

[email protected] 0871906450

 

Joseph McCrohan – Rural Development, TÚS, Rural Social Scheme Manager -

South Kerry Development Partnership, West Main Street, Cahersiveen (066) 9472724

[email protected]

 

Anne O’Riordan – Enterprise Officer -

South Kerry Development Partnership, West Main Street, Cahersiveen

[email protected]

 

Máiread O’Sullivan – Education and Training Coordinator -

South Kerry Development Partnership, Library Place, Killorglin (066) 9761615

[email protected]

RSS & TUS Supplement – The Kerryman

See the “The Kerryman” magazine below (including a list of South Kerry Community Groups):

Cover

SKDP pg 2-7

SKDP pg 8-12

SKDP pg 13-19

SKDP pg 20-24 (list of South Kerry Community Groups)