Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) provides funds for a large part of West Cork Development Partnership’s social inclusion programming and supports. The funding is made available by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, administered locally by the West Cork Local Community Development Committee.
Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Outline
The aim of the Social Inclusion Activation Programme, 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.
The SICAP Programme has three goals:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 West Cork Development Partnership has succeeded in winning the tender to be programme implementer for West Cork and Bandon Kinsale districts.
West Cork District Area covers a total land area of 2,150 km2 and the territory comprises 94 electoral divisions (EDs) into which nest 291 small areas (SAs) of between 31 to nearly 400 households each. In 2011, the population was 56,530, comprising just over 14% of the total population of County Cork (excluding Cork City). The 2011 population density of West Cork was 24.9 persons per km2, 46% of the county average (54 per km2) and just 37% of the state average of 67 per km2, reflecting the comparative rurality of the territory.
Bandon & Kinsale
Bandon & Kinsale Lot Area covers a total land area of 575 km2 and the territory comprises 33 electoral divisions (EDs) into which nest 170 small areas (SAs) of between 32 to 171 households each. Information at this detailed spatial scale is very useful for planning purposes. In 2011, the population was 42,454, comprising almost 11% of the total population of County Cork (excluding Cork City). The 2011 population density of Bandon & Kinsale was 73.8 persons per km2, 137% of the county average (54 per km2) and just 110% of the state average of 67 per km2.
This project or operation is part supported by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.