Minister O’Brien launches #SicapStories social media video campaign

1st June, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien (Green Party)

Dublin Fingal

1st June 2021


Minister O’Brien launches #SicapStories social media video campaign


Joe O’Brien, TD, Minister for Community Development and Charities has launched a social media video campaign aimed at highlighting the role played by the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. This campaign, entitled #SicapStories, consists of a series of short videos which draws attention to how communities and individuals benefited from the support of SICAP as the COVID-9 pandemic unfolded.

Launching the campaign, Minister O’Brien said:


“SICAP Stories shines a light on how communities with a need were supported in the depths of a global emergency. This support was provided by Community Groups, Local Development Companies, City and County Councils, Local Community Development Committees, Pobal and my Department. These stories are of volunteerism and community in every sense of the word.

“SICAP does vital work in helping individuals and groups, by improving the life chances of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or unemployed. Since 2018, the programme has supported over 80,000 individuals and 6,219 local community groups.”

In Fingal, the implementing partner of SICAP is Empower.  We can see the benefits of the Programme in the work being funded by it here in Fingal.

Adeline O’Brien CEO of Empower Fingal said:

“SICAP has provided the tools to communities to meet the challenges of the pandemic head-on.   We want to create positive change in our communities across Fingal.  One way we do this is by supporting individuals on their journey to financial independence. We provide access to jobs, education, training or self-employment.   The work we do here in Fingal to aid our community is vital.”

The #SicapStories campaign will run from Tuesday 1 June to Friday 4 June and will include five short videos which will focus on a number of themes.


Notes to editor:


SICAP has benefitted Communities and individuals during the COVID19 pandemic. Themes include the provision of food supports in rural and urban areas, supports for social enterprise, important services for the elderly and the provision of online supports. The Campaign is a collaboration between the Department of Rural and Community Development, Pobal, Irish Local Development Network and Changing Ireland. The #SicapStories will be shared on the social media platforms of all participants in the campaign.

Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP 2018-2022)


SICAP is the Irish Government’s primary social inclusion programme. €190m is allocated over the five year programme through Department of Rural and Community and it is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 – 2020.

SICAP is implemented nationally across 51 Local Development Company lot areas and aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Ireland through supporting communities and individuals via community development, engagement and collaboration.  This includes both group work and one on one individual supports in the areas of well-being and personal development, education and employment supports.