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What is SICAP? 

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme ( 2018-2022)

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


How does it work? 

There are 2 main Goals under SICAP.

Goal 1: Supporting Communities –

This goal supports communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues, developing the capacity of Local Community Groups, and creating more sustainable communities. The primary beneficiaries of Goal 1 are LCGs and social enterprises that have a remit in working with or providing services to SICAP target groups. Goal 1 includes providing supports for social enterprises.

Goal 2: Supporting Individuals –

This goal supports disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports. The primary beneficiaries of Goal 2 are disadvantaged individuals aged 15 years upwards and children and families.

What we do…

SICAP offer many FREE workshops, community training and courses that you can view HERE.     For eligibility on these see below..


North Tipperary SICAP supports actions such as:

Goal 1

Goal 2



Empowering Communities –  to enhance and support local communities to bring change, provide training, workshops, small grant allocations, local information and access to funding opportunities, as well as support local thematic or area based groups in their own development around leadership, governance and capacity building.

Learning for Life – a variety of accredited / non accredited courses that enhance skills, boost confidence & empower individuals.


Advocacy – to support and develop children with hidden disabilities and their families through workshops and parental support, support older people through age friendly opportunities, and drive the development of essential family based services such as child handover & access centre development in North Tipperary.


Personal Development & Wellbeing – a variety of workshops that offer holistic and person-centred supports around mental health, awareness, relationships and self development.


Social Enterprise Supports – to promote social inclusion and economic development from a community perspective, by addressing local needs, creating employment and economic activity through grant application supports, small grant opportunities and awareness of ongoing training and development for social enterprise progression.


Youth Development & Family Support – offering supports through mentoring, and career guidance, school transition programmes, research on drug use and impacts, outreach supports and stakeholder collaboration.

Volunteering  – to provide supports to volunteer based and volunteer led community groups, with provide access to free training workshops , grant application information, and small grant availability for volunteer groups to enable ongoing development and training across North Tipperary.


Work Readiness – one to one supports for those progressing to employment, provides accredited and short term training for those with employment opportunities,  supporting transition from DSP to employment salary, referrals to other services, support with IT when seeking employment options.


Work Planning and Career Support – to develop supporting pathways to career development, working on targets, goals and capabilities set by individuals, and to provide guidance and employment support to those most vulnerable and marginalised using Career Guidance methodology,



Enterprise Support for Job Seekersto provide one to one and group training to individuals interested in establishing their own business, providing business mentoring, and development of a business plan.



Emerging Needs ( LGBTI ) (2020-2021) – to support the LGBTI community around creating awareness, supports and workshops for North Tipperary to become more inclusive as it embraces new cultures, communities and diversity.


Individual SICAP Eligibility

SICAP funded training courses and workshops are free to any eligible person.

You can benefit from SICAP if you:

  • Are unemployed
  • Belong to the Traveller or Roma community
  • Are independently parenting or are a one parent family
  • Have a disability
  • Live in an area that is less well off
  • Are a new community including migrant, refugee or asylum seeker
  • Or your family are living on low income
  • Are retired or economically inactive
  • Are a young person looking for a job or training
  • A woman who has several barriers hindering her progression (Childcare, Transport, Social isolation, etc.)

If you are interested in signing up for one of our workshops or just looking to enquire around how we can support you,  please click HERE.

Locations and Contacts

We have offices based in Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea and our team are happy to help you with any query you may have.

NTDC Nenagh 067-56676 NTDC Thurles – 0504 90579

NTDC Roscrea 0505-24166

Caroline Shanahan

087-737 8724



Breada Ryan

087-928 0755



Margo O Donnell Roche

087-718 0382



Michael Ryan

087-222 6298



Martina Phelan

085-213 6716



Mairead Maher

087-381 4079



Joanne McCarthy

087-369 7922





Here are some recent case study reports that SICAP have written during this programme:

Case Study 2020. Stronger Together SICAP Collaboration Case Study 2020 NTDC

Case Study 2019. Car Mechanics Newport Case Study 2019

Case Study 2018. Scéal Lorrha Case Study 2018