Community Involvement

Community Involvement is all about giving back to the community. Whatever passions you may have: care and concern for the environment; a love of animals; or a desire to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than you, the Community Involvement section gives you the chance to make a difference.

Benefits

  • Gaining patience, tolerance and compassion
  • Overcoming ignorance, prejudice, apathy and fear
  • Increasing awareness of the needs and problems of others
  • Exploring and improving interpersonal skills and self-development skills
  • Being trusted
  • Making a real difference to the lives of others
  • Gaining responsibility

Requirements

  • Regularly donate your time to a genuine cause for the required length of time
  • Meet the minimum time requirements
  • Show regular commitment, progress, and improvement in your chosen volunteer activity
  • Volunteer at least 1 hour a week
  • Undertake activities in your own time.

Time Requirements

Level Minimum time If Community is chosen as the main section
Bronze 13 Weeks 26 weeks
Silver 26 Weeks 52 Weeks, if Bronze has not been achieved
Gold 52 Weeks 78 weeks  if Silver has not been achieved

Examples of Community Involvement Activities

In this challenge area you’ll select one activity to participate in. Some examples to give you a flavour of what you could do include:

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Some activities are not eligible to be used for the Community Involvement, such as

Visiting Grandparents or any elderly relatives

Any paid work

Once off voluntary activities i.e. bag packing

Volunteering in private crèches or playgroups (they must be community based groups)

Minding siblings or helping siblings with homework or other activities

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