“My favourite thing about doing Gaisce is the wide range of things you get to do, and trying new things you never would have thought of.”

Cian Brennan – Gaisce Silver Awardee

Community Involvement

The Community Involvement Challenge Area is an opportunity for Gaisce participants to volunteer with a wide variety of community groups and charities helping people, animals or communal activities.

Gaisce is often people’s first experience of volunteering and active citizenship.

Volunteering is a great way to connect with their community, gain confidence, make new friends/network and develop new skills.

Community involvement empowers you to have a voice and make a difference in your communities.


  • Experience a greater sense of belonging and value by supporting others or being a part of making community goals happen
  • Make a real difference to the lives of others
  • Increased awareness of the needs and problems of others
  • Gain responsibility and leadership experience
  • Meet new people and expand their personal network
  • Discover their own passions, confidence and ideas
  • Develop empathy for others

Example activities

Helping children in a school or club e.g. afterschool activities or reading • Visiting older people • Community mural • Support people with special needs • Community campaigns e.g. litter picking, cyber safety, recycling.

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