The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring, formally launched the national Social Inclusion programme in the Southill Area Centre in Limerick on Friday 20th April.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), which is co-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the European Social Fund, supports unemployed people, people living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage, people with disabilities, single parent families, people on low income, members of the Traveller and Roma communities, and other groups at risk of social exclusion.  The Programme will provide €190 million over 5 years (2018-2022) to support individuals and communities, across the country, who are experiencing social and economic disadvantage.

For more information about the launch, click here: http://drcd.gov.ie/about/news-centre/press-releases/minister-ring-announces-e190-million-sicap-programme-for-deprived-and-marginalised-communities/

In Limerick City, SICAP is implemented by PAUL Partnership in collaboration with 9 community-based organisations – Limerick City CDP, Moyross Community Enterprise Centre, St. Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre, St. Mary’s AID, Garryowen Community Development Project, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group, Southill Area Centre, Tait House and the Learning Hub Limerick.

For more information about SICAP in Limerick City, click here: https://www.paulpartnership.ie/sicap-2/

Minister Michael Ring, Helen Fitzgerald, PAUL Partnership, Bernard Boland, Southill and Laviho Kayinima, Rhebogue, enjoying coffee in the SICAP-supported Hill Café, Southill Area Centre