Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2024-2028

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2024-2028 aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.

Beneficiaries of Cork City Partnership SICAP all belong to one of the following 12 SICAP target groups:

Thematic Focus Areas:

SICAP is a targeted, holistic programme, for those who are most disadvantaged and less likely to access mainstream services, which provides supports directly to beneficiaries and links them into existing services. Programme Implementers (PIs) engage with marginalised communities and service providers using a community development approach to address issues relating to social exclusion and inequality.

SICAP also prioritises local engagement and partnerships, between Cork City Partnership, disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.

The programme structure set by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is co-funded by the Irish Government, through the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the European Social Fund Plus under the Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) Programme 2021 -2027.

SICAP 2024-2028 has 2 Goals:

Goal 1: Supporting Communities

Contribute to Building more Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities: Empower groups of individuals, local
community groups, networks and social enterprises to address collective community needs.

Goal 2: Supporting Individuals

Empower Disadvantaged people to Improve the Quality of Their Lives: Support disadvantaged individuals, children and families to progress their formal education and participate in lifelong learning, to progress into employment/ self-employment, and to improve their soft skills and wellbeing.

Education and Training

– Providing Community Education courses including arts & crafts, personal development, pilates and many more

– Providing outreach third level courses in local community areas

– Enhancing pathways to education and providing both accredited and unaccredited training

– Assisting individuals and groups with the development of IT and digital skills

– Facilitating access to IT facilities including computers and printing facilities at our Outreach Offices

Job Supports/ Employment and Training

– Providing employment supports and training courses

– One to one mentoring, CV preparation, Job search

– Refering to education & training courses

– Technical skills training in applying for jobs online.

– Specialised Employment Training– Safe pass, HACCP, Manual Handling, Security

Supports for Children and Families

– Supporting Early Years providers in Cork City

– Providing resources for Primary School Homework and Secondary School Supervised Study

– Supporting Traveller Education

– Assisting with Midterm and Summer Camps

– Organising events for International Women’s Day, Nonfire Nights, Christmas Tree Light Up Events and more

Supports for New Arrivals

– Job Supports

– Community Education

– Start your own business/Social Enterprise

– Personal Development Supports

– Family Day Trips/Activities

– Integration Events

Supporting and Strengthening Communities

– We work in many different areas in Cork city including The Glen, Blackpool, Fairhill/Farranree, Churchfield/Gurranabraher, Knocknaheeney, City Centre,  Togher, Mahon, The Lough, Ballincollig, Tower and Blarney.

– Through our SICAP Community Development Team we can provide support to local community groups and individuals.

Start Your Own Business /Social Enterprise

– Supports to develop a business idea and business plan.

– Business advice and guidance » Help to apply for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

– Information on volunteering opportunities

Personal Development Supports

– Focus on personal development of individuals; develop capabilities and potential, build human capital, facilitate employability, and enhance quality of life.