The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until May 17th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings will re-open to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect from Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022

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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.

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.

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.

Following a procurement process Offaly Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) appointed Offaly Local Development Company to implement the SICAP programme in Offaly. SICAP operates from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2022. The LCDC monitor and review the implementation of SICAP in accordance with the terms of the contract.

Programme Implementers (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 or a personal development course, helping them onto a work placement programme such as CE or Tύs.

SICAP 2018-2022 will be informed by the Local Economic and Community Plan 2016 -2021 and respond to priority social inclusion issues highlighted in the county.

There are two Programme goals:

Goal 1: 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.


Goal 2: Supporting Individuals

To support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports.

Target Groups include:

Disadvantaged Children and FamiliesPeople living in Disadvantaged Communities
Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15-24)People with Disabilities
Disadvantaged WomenRoma
Emerging Needs GroupTravellers
Lone ParentsThe Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
Low Income Workers/HouseholdsThe Unemployed
New Communities