National Good Turn Week!

Well done to all our members who took part in National Good Turn Week (1-7 April 2019)! And thank you to everyone who sent us their photos and shared them on social media with the hashtag #GoodTurns.

Like many of our members, Crosshaven Guides (pictured above) joined in An Taisce’s National Spring Clean as one of their good turns.

It’s incredible to think that every week our members carry out a total of 84,000 good turns – one per member each day!

National Good Turn Week is a great opportunity to highlight this in our communities and to encourage members of the public to join in too. In this way, we spread kindness and goodwill throughout the country, thereby making a positive impact on individuals, families, communities and on society as a whole.

Younger IGG members helped their parents with chores around the home (without being asked!) and shared their lunch with their friends while older girls offered to help elderly neighbours with shopping, donated money or toys to charity or held bake sales to raise money for charity.

Some girls opted to do good turns for the environment. As well as doing litter picks, they walked or cycled to school or turned off the tap while brushing their teeth.

“By carrying out good turns daily, the value of volunteering is impressed upon our members from a young age,” says IGG Chief Commissioner Helen Concannon. “Our youngest members from age five learn about different ways they can help others at home and at school while our older girls get involved in community action projects and learn to use their voices and their skills to improve the world around them.

“It doesn’t matter what the good turn is – visiting someone in the community, listening to a friend in need or supporting a charity – once it’s something kind for someone else. Focussing on good turns helps us to see opportunities in everyday life and to become active citizens.”