Dublin North West Area Partnership (TAP) is delighted to announce that its tender to deliver the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in the Dublin North West Area has been successful.
The SICAP is the biggest anti-poverty programme in the state and is funded through the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. Michael Bowe, CEO of TAP, stated that ‘the winning of the SICAP tender is a huge achievement for the company and reflects the considerable input and commitment from staff and the Board in preparing the tender’. I would particularly like to thank the individuals and community and voluntary organisations across the Dublin North West area that supported TAP during the preparation of its tender submission.
Implementation of SICAP will present a significant challenge but one to which we are looking forward. We are not new to change and working in new communities. In our 24 years of delivering targeted social inclusion programmes initially in Finglas, then in Cabra and more recently in Ashtown, Botanic, Navan Road and Drumcondra, I know we have the experience and expertise to ensure that the communities of Ballymun and Whitehall will benefit from the new programme and in particular those most at risk of poverty and disadvantage.
TAP’s tender outlines 11 actions to provide a range of supports for community organisations, families, children the unemployed and those seeking to start their own business. These Actions are complementary to, and add value to, a wide range of other funded programmes currently existing in the area from Area Based Childhood poverty initiatives to Department of Social Protection Labour Market programmes and educational and family support initiatives as delivered by the Health Service Executive, Tusla and the Department of Education and Science.
This success secures approximately €4.2 million for the area over the next three years and allows TAP to build upon its previous work and that undertaken by the Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership. Supports will be targeted toward communities within the Dublin North West area showing high levels of disadvantage including, Ballymun, Cabra and Finglas.
TAP anticipates that the contract for delivery of the SICAP will be signed in the coming weeks. The programme is due to begin on the 1st of April. From April to December 2015 TAP will deliver services and supports to approximately 5,243 beneficiaries.
TAP looks forward to continuing its record of service and achievement with the communities of Ashtown, Botanic, Cabra, Drumcondra, Finglas the Navan Road and Phisborough and reaching out to those of Ballymun and Whitehall in delivering the SICAP for the area.
The Social Inclusion and Community Activitation Programme is the successor programme to the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP). The SICAP is considerably different to the LCDP and the operational guidelines devised by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, provides a detailed framework within which services and supports must be delivered including targets for key beneficiary groups.
Dublin North West Area Partnership Board and staff are mindful of the considerable challenges the tendering of the SICAP has presented to all stakeholders including the Board and staff of Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership and the communities it served.
Dublin North West Area Partnership is confident, based on 24 years experience, that it will deliver a quality services to the new communities that will come into the new TAP catchment following the success of its tender bid.