The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2023 is co-funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the European Social Fund Plus under the  Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) Programme 2021-2027






What is SICAP?

Through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP), County Wicklow Partnership offers a variety of services to eligible individuals who wish to access training or education, improve their employment situation or develop or start a business within County Wicklow. Supports are also offered to Local Community Groups, after schools clubs, parent and toddler groups and activities for youth e.g. summer camps. The programme has a focus on geographically disadvantaged areas & groups working with specific target groups of the programme.

County Wicklow Partnership delivers the SICAP programme in the municipal districts of Wicklow, Arklow and Baltinglass. The programme is overseen and managed by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

Supporting Communities

We support local communities groups to identify and address social inclusion and equality issues.

Does your community need support to: Set up a group? Accessing funding? Hosting a community event/meeting? Developing governance skills? Planning for the community? Undergoing training? Doing community research?

We can provide advice and support to emerging and existing Local Community Groups!

Supporting Individuals

We work with individuals to help them to identify and take the steps to improve their quality of life and wellbeing and to access lifelong learning opportunities.

Do you need support with one or more of the following: Working out your next steps? Building your confidence? Finding out about your rights and entitlements? Exploring your educational options? Job Seeking skills? CV Preparation? Interview Coaching? English Language supports? Up-skilling and completing training courses (e.g. Safepass, Manual Handling, Barista Taster course, Hair & Beauty Tasters, etc)? Information and advice about accessing other services? Youth: summer camps, after school activities and workshops?

We provide a one-to-one confidential support and advice service. We also run various training courses and programmes to help you reach your full potential.

Supporting People To Start Their Own Business

Are you unemployed and would like to explore the option of becoming self-employed?

Do you need help: Exploring a business idea? Exploring the reality of self-employment? Applying for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance? Completing a Start Your Own Business course? Completing a Business Plan?

We provide a one-to-one confidential support and advice Enterprise Support Service.

More general information on the SICAP programme can be found on this video:


How to find out more…

The best way to find out how you or your group could benefit from the programme locally is to contact a SICAP team member at 0402 20955 or email

SICAP 2023 Case Study

Click here to download our 2023 SICAP Case Study which describes SICAP supports of International Protection Applicants and Refugee’s: CWP SICAP 2023 Case Study