Community Education Service

Community Education is about creating opportunities for people to identify their learning needs and learn in their own community.  A Community Education programme aims to:

  • Build community participation
  • Address social isolation
  • Engage vulnerable adults
  • Develop active citizenship
  • Address educational needs

Classes generally run for 6 – 10 weeks and are organised at times and locations that suit the participants. The Community Education Service funds groups through tuition hours or grants.

Who is the community education service for?

Eligible not-for-profit Community and Voluntary Groups across Laois and Offaly. Due to the volume of applications, received priority is given to:

Groups who organise community education programmes for people who face acute barrier to taking part in education: Older people, people experiencing disadvantage, people with disabilities, ethnic minority groups, unemployed, carers and groups providing community education in areas where adults do not have easy access to education opportunities.

BEFORE applying, please read the following:


Download an application form



Community Education Service  


Kathleen Dunne (Laois) Gillian Cunningham (Offaly)


087 957 3654      

057 8661890                    

085 805 4579

057 8661890 



Portlaoise FET Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise R32 RR84



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