Tackling poverty and social exclusion in Kilkenny

Sean Keane

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Sean Keane

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Tackling poverty and social exclusion in Kilkenny

At the signing of the SICAP Contract at Butler House recently Seated (L to R) Declan Rice, Denis Drennan, Fergus Keane, Colette Byrne with Kilkenny LCDC Members and support staff

Kilkenny Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) recently awarded a contract for the provision of a Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme of measures for the period 2018-2022 to County Kilkenny Leader Partnership.
This is the second successive SICAP contract to be awarded to Kilkenny LEADER partnership which has recently completed its delivery of the previous contract for the period 2015-2017.
The Programme aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration.
Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.
Contract of €632,000
The contract is worth €632,000 per annum and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
In 2018 it is expected that Kilkenny Leader Partnership will support 26 community groups and 468 individuals, on a one-to-one basis, in the most disadvantaged areas and communities in Kilkenny.
Fergus Keane, chair of Kilkenny LCDC said the role of Kilkenny LCDC in coordinating services to address social inclusion and inequalities was never more evident in the signing of the SICAP contract.
“As Chairperson, I look forward to working in partnership with Kilkenny Leader Partnership.
“I’m looking forward to developing and enhancing the existing positive working relationship with all in KLP,” he said.
Declan Rice CEO of Kilkenny Leader Partnership (KLP) said his organisation was delighted to have been successful in winning the open tender process to deliver the new SICAP programme, following on from the company’s successful delivery of the inaugural SICAP which completed at the end of last December, the five year term of the new programme will allow us to plan for the existing and evolving needs of unemployed people, community groups and socially excluded sectors in the county,” Mr Rice said.