About SICAP


SICAP is a programme aimed at reducing disadvantage and poverty in Ireland. It provides the building blocks for Local and Community Development. If you want to avail of the support offered by the SICAP prorgamme, either as a local community group or individual,   then we encourage you to register for SICAP support. Staff will be present at the the following venues to provide information:

Aims

The SICAP aims “to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agencies and people in disadvantaged communities”. In other words, it is designed to help people who experience poverty and social exclusion to develop the skills, confidence and contacts necessary to create change in their own lives and communities.

The programme prioritises marginalised people and groups within the most disadvantaged communities, which means that it targets those furthest from access to education, training and employment, and those at highest risk of social exclusion. The programme will continue to work with the target groups/areas and issues as prioritised under the previous programmes based on an identification and demonstration of analysis of local need.

Programme Goals

There are two key programme goals of the programme:

  1. Goal 1 - Supporting Communities
  2. Goal 2 - Supporting Individuals

Supporting communities through community development and social enterprise support:

  1. GRD has Community Development Officers based in Ballinasloe, Tuam and Rosmuc.  Officers engage with community groups in their own areas and offer support for groups to develop their skills through advice, mentoring, training and small grants. Training needs analysis conducted in disadvantaged areas and other community consultations and surveys have identified issues that groups want assistance with and GRD Officers work closely with other agencies to help address these.   

    GRD also supports the development of new and existing social enterprises. A Social Enterprise is an enterprise; that trades for a social purpose; where at least part of its income is earned from its trading activity; is separate from the government and where the surplus is primarily re-invested in the social objective. (Forfas 2013) Supports include training / mentoring (including access to the GRD on-line training suite), small scale grants and networking opportunities through the Galway Social Enterprise Network.                                                               The Education Officer of GRD works with schools to develop support  programmes for children in outside the main school curriculum .

    Community Development Officers

    Martin Ward                                       Ballinasloe      Tel: 090 9645111                    Email: mward@grd.ie

    Melinda Coen                                    Tuam             Tel: 093 262311/60288            Email: mcoenryan@grd.ie

    Gearóid Ó Flatharta                           Rosmuc          Tel: 091 574858                     Email: gofatharta@grd.ie

    Micheal Mac Dhonnchadha                Rosmuc         Tel: 091 574858                     Email: mmacdonnchadha@grd.ie

    Social Enterprise Officer:

    Patricia Kelly                                       Athenry           Tel: 091 844335                    Email: patriciakelly@grd.ie

    Education Officer:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Elaine Quinn       Athenry          Tel: 091 844335           Email: equinn@grd.ie

      

     
     
     
    Supporting Individuals:
  2. GRD supports individuals through the provision of training and support. Employment Officers based in our offices throughout the County work with individuals seeking to get into employment, education or training. We also have Adult Education Officers providing employment skills related courses and also community based education. Our Youth Development Officer works exclusively with 16 - 25 year olds   and the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Officer assist people who want to set up their own businesses.   GRD also has an Employer Liaison Officer to develop, establish and implement a system of linkages between GRD and employers in Galway County. He will identify opportunities for work placement, apprenticeships & jobs.                                                       

  1. Employment Officers:

  2. Marie Finnerty Ballinasloe Tel:090 9645111          Email: mfinnerty@grd.ie

  3. Deirde Maloney Tuam Tel: 093 262311/60288     Email: dmaloney@grd.ie

  4. Deirdre Nic Dhonncha Rosmuc Tel: 091 574858   Email: dnicdhonncha@grd.ie

  5. Adult Education Officers:

  6. Freeda Garman Athenry Tel: 091 844335  Email: fgarman@grd.ie

  7. Clara Cashman Loughrea Tel: 091 847611  Email: ccashman@grd.ie

  8. Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Officer:

  9. Michael Burke Athenry Tel: 091 844335 Email: mburke@grd.ie

  10. Youth Development Officer:

  11. James Applegate Athenry Tel: 091 844335 Email: japplegate@grd.ie

  12. Employer Liason Officer:

  13. Martin Macdonald Athenry Tel: 091 844335 Email: mmacdonald@grd.ie


For more details, please contact:

Galway Rural Development, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway 

Telephone: 091 844335         Email: grd@grd.ie