|Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme|
South West Mayo Development Company is contracted by Mayo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) to implement the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in the Castlebar Municipal District, the Claremorris Municipal District and the Mayo Islands.The aim of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme 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 Programme Goals
The Programme has three Goals:
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;
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;
3. 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.
Primary Target Groups to be Engaged
The individuals assisted should include the most vulnerable in society who are unable or unlikely to access mainstream supports. The following are the target groups to be engaged in SICAP services:
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.