What Is Localise

Localise youth volunteering challenges young people to come together and make a difference in their local community by being of service to others. Through the Localise youth volunteering programmes, young volunteers directly address the needs of the most disadvantaged locally, serving the homeless, the elderly, the disabled and other groups needing support.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where all young people have the opportunity to volunteer locally and become pro-active citizens and community leaders.

Our History

Beginning in Ballyfermot in 1972, responding directly to a specific need in their community, a group of young people came together to make a difference. In subsequent years the organisation, then known as Peace Corps, expanded through Dublin and nationwide through word of mouth and the inherent enthusiasm of its young volunteers, eager to demonstrate ‘Caring in Action’.

In 1997, responding to the changing nature of volunteerism and the demands from the formal education sector, the organisation developed the Localise programme.

This programme was specifically designed with a 10 week structure, making it easier and more flexible for members, volunteers, new interested parties to set up and run a community service group.

Localise is an easy to use service learning programme which engages young people aged 11 plus in local community work – inspiring them to use their talents in the service of others.

In 2007 Localise launched Ireland's first community service learning post primary schools programme, connecting classroom lessons with meaningful service to the local community. In 2014 Localise launched a primary school programme in 8 schools throughout Dublin. Last year Localise provided programmes in 35 schools and communities, working with more than 660 young people providing support to 48 voluntary organisations.

We are currently operating a waiting list of schools and community groups that want to engage with Localise.

After working with Localise this gave me the push to give back more outside of Localise and school. I learnt that I have the power to make a difference to the world.
Lauren Lawless, Student

Localise is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, supported by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and the Office of Migrant Integration within the Department of Justice and Equality.

Localise is a registered charity CHY 20511. All Localise adult volunteers and staff receive Child Protection training and Garda Vetting in compliance with current regulations and best practices.

In Localise we believe that partnerships benefit our young people, the wider community and those in need. When working with others we can maximise our recourses, strengthen our impacts and create a more caring, cohesive society.

Localise works in partnership and cooperation with a number of organisations and groups. Localise is supported and funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration within the Department of Justice and Equality.

In delivering our community service projects, Localise support and work in partnership with a wide variety of charities and community organisations.

Localise is a member of the National Youth Council of Ireland and The Wheel.


Local Community Groups

The Localise programme is in action in your community, with young people making a real difference to the lives of those in need.

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Primary and Secondary School

Localise learning through volunteerism, connecting your classroom to your community.

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