Community Education

Gemma Brady
Community Education Facilitator
Cavan Adult Education Services
12 Church View Square
Telephone: (049) 4353965
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What is Community Education?

Community Education refers to adult education and learning, generally outside the formal education sector, with the aim of enhancing learning, empowerment and contributing to civic society. The purpose of this scheme is to assist community and voluntary groups to deliver a range of educational activities for disadvantaged adults within their community. For example: 

  • Programmes that strengthen and increase the skills and knowledge of groups active in community and voluntary organisations leading to greater community involvement and participation.
  • Programmes which support education and learning for community based women and men's groups, Travellers and other ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and older people.
  • Programmes which help address social problems such as isolation.

There are currently a wide variety of courses running throughout County Cavan under Community Education. The vast majority of these are run through local community groups and are created in order to address specific education and training needs.

Community Groups


 Cootehill Art Society
 Active Virginians
 Class in Kingscourt  

Cavan Community Education Service delivers courses for community groups around the county.  The group members decide what they would like to have delivered in their local community centre and arrange a suitable day and time to commence. These courses are normally uncertified and last between six and ten weeks. 

To set up a course for your community group contact the Community Education Facilitator -







Community Groups

Bailieborough Women
Crosserlough ICA

Currently there is a vibrant network of community groups around Co. Cavan who are actively engaging with the Community Education Service.

Cavan  Community Education Service offers assistance in the planning, development and management of new and existing community based learning groups. Particular supports provided include:

  • Assistance with establishing Education Programmes.

  • Developing and nurturing new community-based educational initiatives through advice on courses, advice on accreditation, access to qualified tutors, help with resources and direct provision of classes where possible at a minimal or no charge. 

  • Course Development: Assistance is also available for community education groups to develop their own educational programmes and courses. This back up may include technical, administrative or educational input. 

  • Funding: We can provide information on other sources of funding and help community education interests to access funding. 

  • Networking: The Community Education Service endeavours to develop and encourage partnerships and links between other community education groups, statutory bodies and other providers. 

If you are interested in developing education and training programmes suited to the learning needs of your group you can contact the Community Education Facilitator -

The funding provided is to enable adults to avail of community education at minimal or no cost.




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