SICAP Knockanrawley Resource Centre is an implementing partner for the Social Inclusion and Community
Activation Programme (SICAP) in Tipperary South. SICAP supports are offered on both an
individual and group basis to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality. Training & Education is a core discipline of the Centre since its establishment. The Knockanrawley Information for Training and Employment (KITE) training programme is the main focus of the T&E section.
In partnership with the Tipperary ETB up to 18 students each year participate in a full time programme leading to a QQI Level 4 Major Award in Pathways to Employment General Learning: a leaving certificate level of qualification. The course is available to those who may been educationally disadvantaged and early school
leavers, those who have spent many years as carers, marginalised groups such as lone parents and new communities. The course is, for many, a first step back into formal education and/or employment.
We look at the individual holistically and try to help in any way we can. We understand that it’s difficult to re-start your life if you are in a hard place. For example, access to affordable full-time, part-time or sessional childcare ensures that parents have access to and benefit from the other vital supports and services available with the Centre. Following the Aistear and Siolta national quality and curriculum frameworks, Knockanrawley Childcare provides services for more than 100 children annually from 1 year of age to school-going age in addition to an afterschool service for all primary school-age children. Employing up to 20 childcare and auxiliary staff ensures that the Centre continues to also be one of the largest employers in the town.
We also offer a supportive parents programme. The Parents Club is a peer support group offered to parents and facilitated by the PFSP Worker every Wednesday morning from 10.30am until 12.30pm in an informal
setting. Activities included Stress Management, Organic gardening in the Club Allotment in KRC, up cycling of Furniture and Cookery.
We have ongoing targeted and blanket outreach within Tipperary Town for various courses and groups, including the Men’s Shed, Failte Isteach and the SHE group. We also identify and track specific needs as they emerge, such as substance abuse, parenting support for young mothers, overcoming isolation (mainly men) and people who are generally disengaged from society.
Through the past year of the SICAP programme, we worked closely with STDC, as partners in the South Tipperary Lot, covering social inclusion work in specific areas of Tipperary Town and with certain target groups as identified by SICAP. We worked with all county community organisations, HSE, STDC, ETB & RAPID,
through the Tipperary Town RAPID AIT, county working groups and through KRC policy work. With RAPID, we work with the TRN and the Community Representatives of the AIT before every AIT meeting. KRC goes through a process of social inclusion support for the AIT community representatives so that they can bring relevant issues to the table with an understanding of the analysis behind the issue.
If you have any questions about how we can help you, please ring a member of our team and we will do our best to answer your queries.
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