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Foróige to in­crease and de­velop ser­vices in north Cork.

Foróige is to in­crease and de­velop vol­un­teer-led youth ser­vices in the north Cork­west Water­ford area, hav­ing re­ceived fund­ing from the To­mar Trust.

The youth de­vel­op­ment body said it is a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther de­velop youth ser­vices lo­cally, and for in­di­vid­u­als to get in­volved in new and ex­cit­ing roles which will ben­e­fit young peo­ple, vol­un­teers, and the com­mu­nity.

Foróige will be fo­cus­ing on es­tab­lish­ing new clubs in ar­eas that are yet to ben­e­fit from a Foróige pres­ence, as well as strength­en­ing ex­ist­ing clubs in some com­mu­ni­ties.

Emma Browne, club de­vel­op­ment worker with Foróige, said: “This is such an ex­cit­ing time for com­mu­ni­ties and vol­come un­teer-led youth work in north Cork.

“I was a vol­un­teer with Foróige for five years my­self, so I know first hand how ben­e­fi­cial the experience can be to the young peo­ple.

“I of­ten find vol­un­teers get just as much out of the whole experience as the young peo­ple them­selves.

“Foróige is all about en­abling young peo­ple to in­volve them­selves con­sciously and ac­tively in their de­vel­op­ment, and in the de­vel­op­ment of so­ci­ety.”

She said: “In the com­ing year in the north Cork area, we are hop­ing to grow the num­bers of Foróige vol­un­teers with this in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity which has been made pos­si­ble by To­mar Trust.

She urged in­ter­ested peo­ple who feel they can make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the young peo­ple’s lives in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to get in touch.

“Foróige will pro­vide you with amaz­ing train­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn and grow as a per­son,” said Emma.

Along with Foróige clubs for all young peo­ple aged between 13 and 18, there’s also Foróige Ju­niors — suit­able for 10-12-year-olds. A youth café, mean­while, is an ex­am­ple of a vol­un­teer-led club which acts as a safe en­vi­ron­ment for youths to hang out, re­lax, and in­ter­act with peers.

There’s also spe­cial in­ter­est groups where youths can to­gether to prac­tise or share a com­mon in­ter­est, such as com­put­ers and tech­nol­ogy, arts and crafts, mu­sic, and dance.

Vol­un­teers in the north Cork area who are in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing Foróige can con­tact Emma on 086-4134777 or email #WeAreForóige

North Cork Foróige young peo­ple cel­e­brate boost to youth ser­vices. Back row: Ai­dan Car­roll, Shane Fitzger­ald, and Co­nan Crow­ley. Front: Aine Lynch, Ellen Breen, Emma O’Cal­laghan, and Shauna O’Con­nell.

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