Thank you for your interest in the SICAP programme. SICAP has been developed within Irelands dynamic social and economic landscape as a successor programme to the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) and prior to this the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP). The design of the programme has been informed by the views of the community and voluntary sector, in conjunction with Government and statutory priorities.


The Aim of SICAP

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 through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.


SICAP Goals Include:

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;

Donegal Local Development

2017 Annual Planning – Community Group Supports & Services Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

We are currently planning the delivery of our supports and services for 2017 under the Empowering Communities Goal of the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP). These services will be delivered by Donegal Local Development throughout 2017, working with local community groups through a community development partnership approach.

We remain open to working with new groups and partners on an ongoing basis.

The work which we plan to undertake with partners will fit with the aims, objectives and priorities of the SICAP Programme – to address social inclusion, equality and poverty issues.  Target groups who are at higher risk of social exclusion will be prioritised including:

SICAP – Target Groups
Disadvantaged Children and Families New Communities – including refugees/asylum seekers People living in Disadvantaged Communities
Lone Parents Low Income Workers/Households People with Disabilities
The Unemployed – including those not on the Live Register Travellers / Roma Young unemployed people living in disadvantaged areas
NEETs – Young people aged 15- 24 years who are not in employment, education or training


If you would like to work in partnership with us in 2017, please provide us with general information on the following:

  • Community Group – name, address and contact details for your group.
  • Events & Workshops – provide a general description of event, the month and who the event will seek to engage with or help.
  • Activity Programmes – what the activities are, where they will take place, the month and who they will engage with or help
  • Support and Capacity – the assistance which you need to develop your group, its services or the help which would be of benefit to your group’s members.
  • Other information / feedback – use this section to make any other comments which you feel would help us to help you.

If you would like support, advice or guidance in relation to the SICAP Programme or would like assistance with completing this form, please contact a member of our SICAP Goal 1 team.

Lourda Nee Margaret Larkin Stephen Barrett
lnee@dldc.org07491 27056 mlarkin@dldc.org07491 27056 sbarrett@dldc.org07491 27056

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Education & Training

Goal 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;


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.


What does SICAP do?

This short video provides an overview of the work of the programme.


Frequently Asked Questions

SICAP has 9 ‘target’ groups. People from these groups can now look forward to being able to access additional supports as they strive to improve their lives. These groups are:


  • Children and Families from Disadvantaged Areas
  • Lone Parents – New Communities (including Refugees/Asylum Seekers)
  • People living in Disadvantaged Communities
  • People with Disabilities
  • Roma
  • The Unemployed (including those not on the Live Register)
  • Travellers
  • Young Unemployed People from Disadvantaged areas.

SICAP is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

The programme in Donegal is being managed locally by Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). This is an important step in increasing the role of local authorities in local service delivery and takes account of the new aligned local authority/local development structures. The Donegal LCDC have responsibility for monitoring the performance of the programme implementers in delivering the programme.

The Department of the Environment, Communities and Local Government is the lead and funding department for SICAP, including in respect of ESF co-funding and the Youth Employment Initiative allocation.

As Programme implementers, Donegal Local Development Company will implement quality community development initiatives to cater for the needs of the people in Lot 2 and 3 of County Donegal. DLDC operationalise the SICAP Action/Annual Plan and report directly to the LCDC on actions, targets and financial reporting. The programme gives implementers local flexibility to be able to respond to local priorities and in time their actions will also be shaped by the Local Economic and Community Plans.

Pobal was mandated to manage the set-up and design of the new social inclusion programme. It is providing national oversight of the programme and will prepare regular progress reports. It will also do technical reviews of the financial reports, monitoring systems and annual plans to ensure compliance with the programme’s framework.

Stephen Barrett
SICAP Community Development

Margaret Larkin
Community Development Project Officer

Lourda Nee
Community Development Project Officer

Susan Kierce Marsh
Education & Training Co-ordinator

Aisling Sharkey
Education & Training Project Officer

Kathy Cunningham
Education & Training Project Officer

Noelle Blaney
Education & Training Project Officer

Louise Brogan
Employment & Enterprise Co-ordinator

Colette Callaghan
Employment & Enterprise Project Officer

Rachel Wasson
Employment & Enterprise Project Officer

Alison McMonagle

Micheal Brennan
Employment & Enterprise Project Officer

Mary Higgins
Employment & Enterprise Project Officer

Helen Clarke
Employment & Enterprise Project Officer

Sharon Jones

Angela Uí Fhearraigh
Project Officer

Bridget Nic Gairbheith
Project Officer

Eileen Diver
Employment & Enterprise Project Officer

Margaret Doherty
Comhordaitheoir/ Co-ordinator SICAP sa Ghaeltacht