So­cial in­clu­sion projects win share of €6.5m fund­ing

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

SO­CIAL in­clu­sion and com­mu­nity projects from all over County Wick­low will share €6.5 mil­lion in fund­ing pro­vided un­der the Gov­ern­ment’s So­cial In­clu­sion Com­mu­nity Ac­ti­va­tion Pro­gramme (SICAP).

Last week, the Wick­low Lo­cal Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee (LCDC) in con­junc­tion with Wick­low County Coun­cil an­nounced the suc­cess­ful out­come of the ten­der­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the Depart­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment run pro­gramme.

Suc­cess­ful projects in­clude Lit­tle Bray Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Fas­saroe; St Fer­gal’s Resource Cen­tre, Old­court; English lan­guage classes for mi­grants and new com­mu­ni­ties in Ark­low, Wick­low town, Kil­coole and Bray; coun­ty­wide pro­grammes to pre­vent early school-leav­ing; train­ing cour­ses and men­tor­ing sup­ports for un­em­ployed, self-em­ployed and so­cial en­ter­prises.

Bray Area Part­ner­ship, based on Quins­boro Road, along with con­sor­tium part­ners Bray Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise and Bray Fam­ily Resource and De­vel­op­ment Project based in Fas­saroe, suc­cess­fully bid to be the pro­gramme im­ple­menters for the Bray and Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict ar­eas. Co Wick­low Part­ner­ship, based in the Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre, Ark­low, won the bid to be the pro­gramme im­ple­menter for the Ark­low, Wick­low and Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict ar­eas.

Both of th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions have vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the area of so­cial in­clu­sion and have run sim­i­lar pro­grammes over the past two decades.

The SICAP con­tracts were signed into ef­fect in Wick­low County Coun­cil cham­ber by Cllr Gráinne McLough­lin, Chair­per­son of the Wick­low LCDC; Frank Curran, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Wick­low County Coun­cil; Michael Ni­chol­son, Chief Of­fi­cer of the Wick­low LCDC; and the CEOs and Board Chair­per­sons of each of the Part­ner­ships – Peter Bren­nan and John O’Brien on be­half of Bray Area Part­ner­ship and Brian Carty and Tom Gre­gan on be­half of Co Wick­low Part­ner­ship.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gramme can be had by con­tact­ing Bray Area Part­ner­ship at www.bra­yarea­part­ner­ship.ie or Co Wick­low Part­ner­ship at www.wick­low­part­ner­ship.ie.

The Chair of Wick­low LCDC, Cllr Grainne McLaugh­lin, along with LCDC Chief Of­fi­cer, Michael Ni­chol­son, and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Wick­low County Coun­cil, Frank Cur­ran, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Bray Area Part­ner­ship and County Wick­low Part­ner­ship.

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