The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2023 provides supports to address poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. The delivery of a high impact SICAP is a key priority of our Social Inclusion strategy.
Since 2009, our dedicated social inclusion team has addressed high and persistent levels of deprivation through targeted and innovative, locally led approaches. It supports disadvantaged communities and individuals including unemployed people, people living in deprived areas, people with disabilities, single parent families, people on a low income, members of the Traveller and Roma community and other disadvantaged groups. In Carlow we also work extensively with older persons, members of new and migrant communities and community groups, both geographical and thematic.
Underpinned by a community development methodology and an ethos of equality and social justice we take a collaborative and holistic approach.
While we have countywide remit our priority geographical areas are the Tullow Road area in Carlow Town, Graiguecullen, New Oak Estate, Hackettstown, Rathvilly and Bagenalstown.
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2023 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.