Community Education Service

Community Education is a process of learning and change that is rooted in the Community. Community education programmes aim to build the capacity of local communities to engage in dynamic and accessible learning in a non-threatening environment. This is done, primarily, with non-academic activities, which help the group to associate learning with enjoyment. Classes generally run for 6 – 10 weeks and are organised at times and locations which suit the participants.

Who is our service for?

Any group or organisation can avail of our service. Priority will be given to groups whose focus is on addressing educational and community disadvantage by ensuring access and opportunity.

The role of the Community Education Facilitator

  • Assist groups to access funding from Laois and Offaly ETB
  • Support the establishment of new groups
  • Advise and support existing and new groups on programme development, accreditation and progression routes for learner
  • Facilitate networking between groups
  • Develop and promote partnership between community education   and other providers both nationally and locally

Download information leaflet / Download application form / Download guidelines


Community Education Service  


Kathleen Dunne


057 8661890


Portlaoise FET Centre,
Tower Hill, Portlaoise



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