Two young people receiving their Gaisce Awards with CEO Yvonne McKenna

“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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