Over 55,000 people were supported by the Government’s main social inclusion programme, report finds

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The Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien, TD launched the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Annual Report 2019 today, 25 August 2020.

The report details how the most vulnerable groups in Irish society are helped through a programme delivered by development companies in their local areas.

SICAP supports those who are most marginalised in Irish society and unlikely to use mainstream education, training and employment services. Since 2018, SICAP has tackled social exclusion and inequality, supporting over 3,500 community groups and 55,000 individuals.

Groups supported by SICAP include people with a disability, disadvantaged young people, Travellers, Roma, new communities, lone parents and the unemployed.

In 2019, SICAP provided supports to 2,636 Local Community Groups, 370 Social Enterprises and 30,280 individuals. 46% of individuals participated in a lifelong learning activity (i.e. course placement, apprenticeship or work experience), 6% got a job and 8% set up their own business.

The full report can be downloaded at this link.

Find out more about the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) on Pobal’s website.

Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

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