Dublin City Community Co-op welcomed launch of The National Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Annual Report 2022

The Dublin City Community Co-op welcomed the publication of the National Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Annual Report 2022 at a launch event earlier today in the Lab Gallery on Foley Street, Dublin 1.

The report was launched by Minister for Public Expenditure, NPD and Reform Paschal Donohoe with Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development & Charities; and for Integration, Joe O’Brien in attendance at the event hosted by the Co-Op.

SICAP, which is co-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the European Social Fund, aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality. It does this through Programme Implementers, agencies and companies, who work with the most disadvantaged and the hardest to reach in communities.

Hugh Frazer, Chairperson of the Board with Dublin City Community Co-op, spoke to the importance of SICAP throughout 2022, both within the inner city and elsewhere, “Without the operational guidance and oversight from SICAP, the various essential social, economic and cultural services offered by our partner organisations could not be delivered as efficiently or effectively. The importance of continued SICAP funding cannot be understated.“

Minister Joe O’Brien said: “I am very pleased that Minister Donohoe has joined me today to launch the 2022 SICAP Annual Report and to highlight the important work of SICAP.   I am proud that SICAP has the unique ability to tailor interventions that can and will respond to ongoing and emerging needs.  We all want our communities to thrive and be places where all members of our communities feel safe, supported and welcome. My sincere thanks to all involved in SICAP for their ongoing hard work and special thanks to Noel Wardick and the team at Dublin City Community Co-op for hosting this important event’

Speaking at today’s launch, Noel Wardick, CEO of Dublin City Community Co-op said “In the nine years since our inception, Dublin City Community Co-op has become an important and influential organisation supporting and serving disadvantaged communities and groups in the inner city. This report today demonstrates that our efforts in fostering effective working relationships between inner-city organisations have been positive, impactful and valuable. Today’s report is confirmation that the guidance of SICAP by the Co-op and our peer organisations across the country has been successful and has led to a wide-range of life changing benefits for those most vulnerable in society.”

Dublin City Community Co-op recently unveiled its 2023-2027 Strategic Plan, in which it details plans to achieve four strategic priorities: Advocate For Social, Economic, Cultural, Climate and Environmental Justice; Deliver Social Impact; Support their Members and Strengthen the Co-op; and Sustain a Culture of Equity and Transparency.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Annual Report 2022 is available to download from HERE


Note to the editor

Dublin City Community Co-op

The Dublin City Community Co-op was established in November 2014. It is an alliance of 13 grassroots Dublin inner-city community development organisations.  These groups work to ensure the much needed development and delivery of social, economic, environmental and cultural services continue within Dublin’s inner city communities.

The Co-op operates to community development principles, and a social inclusion ethos forms the basis for all communication and engagement with stakeholders.