What is the Local Community Development Committee?
The LCDC is a committee made up of representatives from the local government and local development sectors, including public bodies and representatives of social, economic, environmental and community interests.
The purpose of the LCDC is to develop, co-ordinate and implement a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development. The Galway City LCDC has 17 members and was established in 2014. The chairperson of the Galway City LCDC is Terrence McDonough.
What are the functions of the LCDC?
The key functions of the LCDC include:
- The preparation and implementation of the community element of the Galway City Local Economic and Community Plan 2015 - 2021
- Bringing a more joined-up approach to local and community development activity in the City
- Co-ordinating and monitoring the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
What is the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022?
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
SICAP addresses high and persistent levels of deprivation through targeted and innovative, locally- led approaches. It supports disadvantaged communities and individuals including unemployed people, people living in deprived areas, people with disabilities, single parent families, people on a low income, members of the Traveller and Roma community and other disadvantaged groups.
Who manages SICAP?
The programme is managed at a local level by 33 Local Community Development Committees, with support from local authorities, and actions are delivered by Programme Implementers (PIs)
PIs work with marginalised communities and service providers using a community development approach to improve people's lives. For example, helping people to find work or to upskill, providing CV training or a personal development course, helping them onto a work placement programme such as CE or Tύs.
Galway City Partnership have been awarded the contract in Galway City to run the SICAP programme 2018-2022
Who funds SICAP?
Administered by Pobal and funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development, SICAP also receives funding the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and learning (PEIL) 2014-2020
Who can I contact about SICAP?