Community Education Census

Community Education Census

Ireland’s national learning organisation, AONTAS ( is working with FALNI’s Colin Neilands to conduct the first ever census of community education/learning for Northern Ireland.

The census will collect data, both quantitative and qualitative, on how many community organisations are delivery adult learning, what courses they offer (both accredited and non-accredited), the number and make-up of the learners and the impact that this learning has on individuals and communities.

It will also highlight the challenges that these community and voluntary organisations face that impact on their services.

The census questionnaire will be released on 23rd February and FALNI urges all voluntary and community organisations that deliver any learning to adults to take part. The more responses we have the stronger the evidence of the important work that the sector undertakes. A report will be written and launched in September 2023. This report will empower the advocacy work of all those involved in community learning and will be a valuable resource to strengthen groups’ future funding bids.

To ensure that you receive the link to the questionnaire and to get an invite to the various focus groups that will also be held, please email Colin at

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