The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) was officially launched today by Ministers Alan Kelly T.D. and Ann Phelan T.D. at the National Ploughing Championships. Minister Kelly welcomed the new community activation programme and described it as an ambitious programme which will help provide the building blocks for local community development in Ireland. Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society or living in poverty.
Rolled out in April of this year, SICAP will support over 40,000 people and 2,000 community groups the length and breadth of the country. In 2015, €28 million has been assigned to the programme.
The Minister acknowledged the role of Pobal in the process. “Pobal were nominated by my Department to manage and oversee the programme given their recognised expertise in programme design and development.”
Minister Kelly also stressed the positive impact the programme is having on the ground and his belief in the programme’s continued future success.
“Since its inception in April, I’ve already become aware of the impact the SICAP is having on individuals, families and communities throughout Ireland. I’ve seen the difference it can have on some of the programme’s key target groups. I am certain that it will continue to have a real impact on the ground, providing key supports to those who need them most so that more people are in a position to avail of Ireland’s changing fortunes.”