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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Social economy goes under the spotlight at SICAP info seminar

Johnny Sheahan, The Wheel, Valerie Murphy; CEO Avondhu Blackwater; Joan Kelleher, LEO; Caroline Egan, Cramden Tech and Jogn McCarthy, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership.
Johnny Sheahan, The Wheel, Valerie Murphy; CEO Avondhu Blackwater; Joan Kelleher, LEO; Caroline Egan, Cramden Tech and Jogn McCarthy, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership.

Bill Browne

The core issues impacting social enterprises, including community and voluntary groups, came under the spotlight at a recent information seminar held in Mallow.

The seminar was organised by the Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, the integrated LEADER partnership company for north Cork, which administers the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) under the management of Cork County Council's Local Community Development Programme.

Blackwater Avondhu CEO Valerie Murphy said SICAP provides vital funding needed to tackle poverty and social exclusion. 

"An important goal of SICAP is the promotion and development of social enterprises through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies," said Ms Murphy.

"The seminar focussed on the issues affecting the wider social economy, the encouragement of social and community enterprises and the ongoing development of an environment that allows each enterprise and organisation to flourish," she added.

Speakers on the day included Caroline Egan of Cramden TECH, who offered advice on income generation and funding; and Johnny Sexton of 'The Wheel', who spoke about networking for social enterprises, community/voluntary groups and charities.

"The seminar was an important further step towards the development and encouragement of the wider social economy in north Cork, and we would like to thank all of the speakers for their time and all those who took the time to attend the event," said Ms Murphy.

For more information about the SICAP and the Avondhu Blackwater Partnership contact 022 46580 or visit www.avondhublackwater.com.

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