Thursday, March 26, 2020

GAISCE – The President’s Award launched ‘Gaisce at Home’, which encourages young people in Waterford to stay active and engaged in their personal development and community action.

‘Gaisce at Home’ seeks to support and encourage young people already involved in the Award to continue their journey by finding alternative activities they can undertake at and from home. Suitable and safe ideas will be shared online using the hashtags #GaisceAtHome and #GaisceSaBhaile.

As part of the campaign, Gaisce is also welcoming young people aged 15-25 who are interested in signing up for the Award to contact [email protected] Parents or guardians who wish to support a young person to achieve a Gaisce Award at home are also encouraged to get in touch.

Speaking about the campaign, CEO of Gaisce, Yvonne McKenna, said, “Young people are feeling the loss of social connections, group activities and the normal routine of their every day, be it school, college or work. It’s important that we encourage them where possible to keep up the things they love while at home, or to take up new more accessible activities in these challenging times. We know, too, that many young people are responding tremendously to the crisis and looking to help out where and how they can. Here’s an opportunity to have that recognised too.”

Ms McKenna says, “Despite the unprecedented circumstances, our message to young people is because Gaisce can be flexible and we know you are creative, it is still possible to rise to the President’s challenge and to achieve a Gaisce Award.”

Anyone who wishes to find out more about the ‘Gaisce at Home’ campaign can visit www.gaisce.ie/gaisce-at-home/where you can find suitable alternative activities for undertaking Gaisce. Alternatively, contact [email protected] if you are interested in signing up to Gaisce.

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