Waterford Area Partnership works with disadvantaged communities and identified target groups with the objective of overcoming barriers to them sharing equally in the economic, cultural and social life of Waterford.
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To support and resource disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to engage with relevant local and national stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues
To support individuals and marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate fully, engage with and progress through life-long learning opportunities through the use of community development approaches
To engage with marginalised target groups/individuals and residents of disadvantaged communities who are unemployed but do not fall within mainstream employment service provision, or who are referred to SICAP, to move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness, and support them in accessing employment and self-employment and creating social enterprise opportunities.
The Partnership provides support to target groups and all communities regarded as socially excluded. The target groups that the partnership supports are as follows:
- Children and families in disadvantaged areas
- Lone Parents
- New Communities(including refugees/asylum seekers)
- People with disabilities
- The Unemployed (including those not on the live register)
- Young unemployed people living in disadvantaged areas
- NEETs – Young people aged 15-24 years who are not in employment, education or training
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.
“Over 70 people turned up for our planting day, young and old. It was more than we could have imagined it to be. The pastoral council had some buns tart and brack left over and gave it to us. Great buzz around. The ripple effect across the community has been massive. Thank you for your support” – Clonea Power Development Committee
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge and endorse the work of Waterford Area Partnership. I am one of many business start-ups that has benefited from their guidance, knowledge and expertise down through the years. I contacted Waterford Area Partnership with my business idea and they provided mentoring support and very valuable information in terms of available services, training programs and educational support opportunities. Having such information available to me through one source saved valuable time and effort and enabled me to focus on my business plan and start up requirements, which they also assisted with.
To this day, Waterford Area Partnership continues to provide me with information and support that is relevant to my business and my educational needs” John Warren, JE Warren Consulting
“My Experience with Waterford Area Partnership has been extremely positive. Victoria is always thorough in explaining processes in place, support available and offers great ideas and advice. WAP keep me updated on new courses and I always appreciate receiveing reminder phone-calls prior to meetings. Again, Victoria and the team at WAP have been very friendly, courteous and are supportive towards my business ideas and goals. I very much appreciate the services provided by WAP and their ongoing support.” – Enterprise Client