Mayo volunteers hailed at Foróige conference

Posted in Connect on October 31, 2018.

Foróige volunteers from all over Ireland, including Co Mayo, gathered in Hotel Kilkenny earlier this month for Foróige’s 48th annual volunteer conference.
Foróige has more than 5,500 volunteers working in its 600 youth clubs, 160 projects and programmes such as the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Programme, Leadership for Life, Be Healthy Be Happy, and Entrepreneurship.
These programmes are instrumental in Foróige’s engagement with more than 50,000 young people, or one in 10 Irish teenagers each year.

Delegates at the conference enjoyed a variety of guest speakers, workshops, and the exchange of ideas on best practice in youth work. David O’Reilly, chairperson of the National Council of Foróige, said: “Foróige volunteers are extremely special. They are thoroughly dedicated to providing young people with opportunities which will empower them to reach their full potential in a safe and understanding space. Without our
army of 5,500 volunteers, a gaping hole would exist in youth work in Ireland and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every volunteer who braves the winter nights to become a mentor
and empower Ireland’s young people to believe in their own potential.

“Last year, volunteers in Foróige gifted almost 400,000 hours to help support and develop young people the length and breadth of Ireland. This type of commitment doesn’t just happen, it must be coordinated
and given the support it deserves.” Dr Mark Brennan, professor and Unesco chair in community, leadership, and youth development at Pennsylvania State University, said: “Community is developed, created and recreated through social interaction. Local people through interacting and effective community leadership have the power to transform and change society. I commend each and every person in this room for making themselves accountable for creating a world where young people not only survive but thrive.”

Photo : Mayo volunteers at Foróige’s annual volunteer council, front: Michael McGuire, Walburg Ruane, Andrea Gallagher, Ann
Donhoue, Edel Mckenna, Patrick Rushe. Middle: Rosaleen Molloy, Imelda Prendergast, Ann Cruise, Thomas Horan, Shirley
Mooney, Sharon Reilly, Siobhan Leddy, Mary G Duffy. Back: Sean Molloy, Kevin Higgins, Alan Prendergast

Western People, October 29th 2018

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