Gaisce launches Gaisce At Home – Gaisce Sa Bhaile

 

Extraordinary Times Call For Extraordinary Measures

 

Young people can answer Ireland’s call too! 

As many young people now find themselves at home during the Covid-19 situation, we at Gaisce have been thinking about how you can continue with – or even start – your Gaisce Award. That’s why we’re launching ‘Gaisce At Home’ or ‘Gaisce Sa Bhaile’. Doing Gaisce is a great way to stay active, improve a skill and help in your community (whilst maintaining social distance of course). Young people can answer Ireland’s call too!  It’s not going to be too difficult to think up a skill or physical activity you can undertake whilst at home, and your community action can be at home or ‘from home’ too, so find out what you can volunteer to help with. Everyone can play their part in getting through this challenging time and promoting active citizenship. Ask family members for ideas on what you can do for an hour a week in the various challenges at home. If you’re already registered, you may need to change the activities you’ve been doing towards your Gaisce, to ones that are possible to do in or from home – but don’t worry: we’re here to help!

Do you wish to take up Gaisce?

If you wish to start  a Gaisce Award and don’t have a President’s Award Leader, please email home@gaisce.ie for assistance. Alternatively, if you are an adult interested in supporting a young person to complete Gaisce at home, please get in touch via this email.

Already doing Gaisce and need to change activities?

If activities already chosen in Community Involvement, Physical Recreation or Personal skill are not possible to be undertaken during the social distancing period you may choose an alternative activity that they can do from home!

Seeking Approval from PALs

Where possible you should seek approval from your PAL for any activity changes to ensure consistent guidance during this challenging time.  However, if that is not possible, please keep a journal, video or audio recording as evidence of the new activity for your PAL and write it into your Record Sheet! If you’re not sure about an activity and cannot connect with you PAL email home@gaisce.ie to check if the new activity is ok. All your previous work still counts towards your award.

Social Distancing and Parental Consent

For all your Gaisce activities – be mindful of keeping social distancing and if you are under 18, ensure you have parental consent. Keeping a social distance from your friends for any activities also applies and we ask you do not participate in face-to-face group activities, no matter what the size. Above all, make sure activities are safe and have supervision where you need it. If you are under 18, you should inform your parents of all your activities.  Keep activities to in and around your own home. Please visit this page for updates on this is an ever-changing situation.

Recording Activities

There is no need to change information on the Gaisce participant on-line portal, as documenting in the record sheet will be enough.  Ask your PAL to contact a Development Officer with any ideas, questions or concerns or ask any questions yourself on our social media channels by searching the handle @GaisceAward.

Gold Residential Project

For those of you doing Gold, we recommend postponing the Residential. We will issue an update on this as soon as possible.

Adventure Journey

We understand that many Adventure Journeys will be cancelled due to Covid-19. We empathise with all Participants and PALs who were looking forward to this important rite of passage of the Award. If you are in need of alternative ways to complete your Adventure Journey please see our initial statement on Covid-19. We will update this page on Adventure Journeys as soon as possible.

Spread the Word – Competition Time!

Don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing for your Award at home by using #GaisceAtHome or #GaisceSaBhaile, or by commenting and liking and sharing our ‘Gaisce at Home’ Posts! We’ll post some of your best ideas online here. Those who like and share our ‘Gaisce at Home’ posts will be entered in a competition to win a brand new Gaisce Hoodie.

 

Some Ideas for #GaisceAtHome/ #GaisceSaBhaile

As a starting point, we’ve put together some suggestions for activities that you can do from home. We invite you to be imaginative about what you can do, so long as you’ve cleared any new activity with your PAL or the Gaisce Team. Why not ask family members or friends for suggestions?

 

Community Involvement:

  • If there is a project or an organisation you are already involved with offering social distancing alternatives, please reach out to them and see how you can safely maintain your involvement.
  • Phoning an elderly neighbour, that you know.
  • Shopping for an elderly neighbour as part of your family shop – bearing in mind social distancing (this could be done once a week)
  • Raising Awareness online for a campaign or local charity
  • Online volunteering –Irish Rural Link/ local Volunteer Centres will have ideas.

Physical Recreation:

  • YouTube Yoga Class
  • Practise drills of your usual sport
  • Online general fitness videos
  • Skipping
  • Going for a walk/run (why not try mapmyrun/Strava/Fitbit)

Personal Skill:

  • Baking
  • Art/Drawing
  • Crafts
  • Playing an instrument
  • Calligraphy
  • Writing -poetry, short stories, drama, etc.
  • Knitting
  • Online Mindfulness Courses

Portfolio (Gold Only):

For those doing Gold, now may be a good time to work on your Gold Portfolio outlining what you have achieved so far on your Gaisce journey.

Ideas:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Include details and memories of you challenge areas
  • Map your adventure journey
  • Include photographs
  • Other materials from your Gaisce experience!
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