SICAP focuses on supporting the most marginalised in Irish society.
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For an explanation of SICAP please see this video
The three goals of SICAP are focused on: Community development; Education and training; and, employment. These goals are:
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.
SICAP will focus on social inclusion through empowering communities to work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders using a broad range of supports and interventions facilitated through the programme.
It will engage those most disadvantaged and excluded in our society and will afford local flexibility to respond to local needs. There will be a focus on youth and on interventions to address youth unemployment, for the harder to reach youth.
It will effectively contribute to citizen engagement in line with national policy and will add value to public services by ensuring it fills local gaps in provision and by preparing disadvantaged people to take up mainstream services.
Nationally, SICAP will engage with around 45,000 people in 2016 and over 3,000 local community groups, and approximately 4,000 young people will receive a SICAP employment support.