The Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
"The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long term unemployment through local engagement and collaboration between disadvantaged individuals, marginalised target groups, community organisations, public sector agencies and other stakeholders."
- Promotion of equality & prioritisation of disadvantaged communities & marginalised target groups.
- Application of Community Development approaches to achieve participation & involvement.
- Collaborative/partnership approaches with local & national stakeholders for more effective delivery of mainstream policies & programmes.
Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme - Goal 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.
Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme - Goal 2
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.
Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme - Goal 3
To engage with marginalised target groups/individuals and residents of disadvantaged communities who are employed 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.
Community development underpins all
All of SICAP’s work is underpinned by:
- Community Development approaches and principles.
- Collaborative with stakeholders on unemployment and socially exclusion.
- The promotion of equality and the prioritisation of disadvantaged communities.
What the SICAP Programme Promises:
GOAL 1 – Outcomes
- Greater participation by members of disadvantaged groups and communities in a community development context.
- Increased representation and participation of disadvantaged groups in local policy and decision making processes that address social exclusion.
- Enhanced capacity of local community groups of place and interest, to progress their stage of development and/or address the needs of disadvantaged communities.
- Increased and improved co-ordination, joint planning and delivery between service providers and local community groups on social inclusion initiatives.
GOAL 2 – Outcomes
- Increased participation in education and training.
- Positive change in participants’ learning aspirations and/or personal development.
- Greater participation in accredited and unaccredited education / training.
- Reduced numbers of people that leave school early.
- Improved supports for those who have left school early.
- Improved design and delivery of education and training which takes into account the needs of the target group(s).
GOAL 3 – Outcomes
- Individuals are better prepared to enter the labour market.
- Increased employment rates.
- Individuals are securing better quality employment i.e. receive the Living Wage.
- The long-term unemployed, marginalised target groups and unemployed youth have enhanced opportunities to access self-employment and social entrepreneurship opportunities.
- A more developed social economy and social enterprise sector in Ireland which contributes to local community development.
- Increased and improved joint planning and delivery between local service providers and statutory agencies leading to more joined-up pathways for people.
- Reduced duplication of services provision, better identification of any gaps between services and plugging gaps in mainstream service provision with local initiatives.
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