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New social inclusion programme for Cork

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 5:10pm

A Cork development company has been awarded a programme for the next four years which will potentially enhance equality and inclusion across the county.

South and East Cork Area Development Partnership CLG (SECAD) has been awarded the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) for the 2018-2022 period in the South Cork Area. SICAP is a national programme funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and overseen by POBAL.

The programme works through community development approaches, targeted supports and inter agency collaboration where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected. It targets groups such as children and families from disadvantaged areas, lone parents, people living in disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities and new communities.

The programme is managed locally by the three local community development committees (LCDCs) in North, South and West Cork, and delivered locally by seven local development companies under contract. SECAD Partnership CLG will deliver work programmes in the SICAP area stretching from Youghal in the east to the Cork Gaeltacht in the west of the county.

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley, said: “The aim of 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.”

Welcoming the new award, SECAD Partnership Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Howard, said:

“We have been managing social inclusion programmes for over twenty two years but this is the largest and most important award to date. It underpins our work with target groups across South Cork and is an essential element of the broader supports that SECAD can offer to our clients and communities.’’

The current three year SICAP Programme ended in December 2017. The new five year SICAP Programme begins in January 2018.

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