Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme ( SICAP )

About SICAP in Carlow

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 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.

For further information please contact Social Inclusion Community Development Specialist Annette Fox at 059 9720733.


The programme has two goals that focus on supporting communities and individuals:

  • to support communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues, developing the capacity of local community groups and creating more sustainable communities
  • to support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports