Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 - 2022

COVID - 19 Update on Supports 

We continue :

  • Delivering support packs to children from homework clubs in Tullamore, and to youths in Scurragh in Birr who are part of the youth initiatives in the area.  Working in conjunction with the Schools completion programme in Birr to reach families/youths who would receive supports at this time of year to help in transition from primary to secondary school
  • One to one client support to those most vulnerable in our communities across all programmes. The frequency of supports varies from daily to weekly and is provided via telephone
  • Connecting with our community groups to develop new community actions at this time , planning for future actions and completing payments for projects that are complete at this time
  • Craft videos and ideas for activities created and uploaded to our website,
  • Continued support is provided to families, including homework, management of daily routines and financial issues in conjunction with TUSLA
  • Continued support being offered to 3 direct provision centers in Offaly – Dunkerrin, Banagher and Tullamore


The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Ireland through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. The SICAP contract for Offaly is managed by the Offaly Local Community Development Committee, with Offaly Local Development Company as the Programme Implementer.

Goal 1: Supporting Communities

To support communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues.

To develop the capacity of local community groups and create more sustainable communities.

Goal 2: Supporting Individuals

To support disadvantaged individuals to improve their quality of their lives through the provision of life-long learning and labour market supports.

You can avail of SICAP supports if you belong to one of the 13 SICAP target groups:

  • Disadvantaged Children and Families
  • People living in Disadvantaged Communities
  • Disadvantaged Young Person (aged 15-24)
  • People with Disabilities
  • Disadvantaged Women
  • Roma
  • Travellers
  • Lone Parents
  • Low Income Workers/Households
  • New Communities
  • The Unemployed
  • Disengaged from the Labour Market   e.g. Carer, Retired, Student on a welfare payment, disability payment and unable to work
  • Homeless and needing social support

View SICAP explainer video here

For further information contact:

Offaly Local Development Company,
Millennium House,
Main St,
Co. Offaly

Tel: 057 9322 850