Local Partnership companies win contracts worth €6.5m for social inclusion projects

Community and social inclusion projects across Wicklow are to share in €6.5m funding obtained for the county under the Government’s Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP).

Projects will include Little Bray Community Centre, Fassaroe; St Fergal’s Resource Centre, Oldcourt; English language classes for migrants and new communities in Arklow, Wicklow town, Kilcoole and Bray; Countywide programmes to prevent early school-leaving; training courses and mentoring supports for unemployed, self-employed and social enterprises.

All received good news this week when Wicklow Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in conjunction with Wicklow County Council announced the successful outcome of the tendering competition for the Department of Rural & Community Development’s Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022.

Bray Area Partnership based on Quinsboro Road, Bray, in conjunction with consortium partners Bray Community Enterprise and Bray Family Resource & Development Project based in Fassaroe, successfully bid to be the programme implementers for the Bray and Greystones Municipal District areas.

Co. Wicklow Partnership based in the Bridgewater Centre, Arklow, successfully bid to be the programme implementer for the Arklow, Wicklow and Baltinglass Municipal District areas.  Both of these organisations have vast experience in the specialist area of social inclusion and have run similar programmes over the past two decades.

The SICAP 2018-2022 contracts were signed into effect in the Council Chamber on Wednesday last by Cllr Gráinne McLoughlin, Chairperson LCDC; Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council; Michael Nicholson, Chief Officer LCDC, and the CEOs and Board Chairpersons of each of the Partnerships:  Peter Brennan and John O’Brien on behalf of Bray Area Partnership and Brian Carty and Tom Gregan on behalf of Co Wicklow Partnership.

SICAP is a key government programme replicated across the country to reduce poverty and strengthen marginalised communities.  The programme provides national funding for local actions to tackle social exclusion, with the responsibility on the local programme implementers to design and deliver the most appropriate types of interventions, initiatives and projects for the most disadvantaged individuals and community groups in their area.

Further information on the programme can be had by contacting Bray Area Partnership at www.brayareapartnership.ie and Co Wicklow Partnership at www.wicklowpartnership.ie