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.
Supporting Communities: To support communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues, developing the capacity of Local Community Groups, and creating more sustainable communities
Supporting Individuals: To Support individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports
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) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
Administered by Pobal and funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development, it also receives funding from the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
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.
The programme is managed at a local level by 33 Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), 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 ora personal development course, helping them onto a work placement programme such as CE or Tύs.
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
“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