Foróige vol­un­teers praised for work

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With­out Foróige’s army of 5,500 vol­un­teers, a gap­ing hole would ex­ist in youth work in Ire­land.

David O’Reilly, chair­per­son of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Foróige, also de­scribed the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s vol­un­teers as 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,” he said.

Mr O’Reilly thanked each and ev­ery vol­un­teer who braved the win­ter night, be­came a men­tor, and em­pow­ered Ire­land’s young peo­ple to be­lieve in their own po­ten­tial.

He was speak­ing at the Na­tional Vol­un­teer Con­fer­ence in Kilkenny where 18 Cork peo­ple were among the del­e­gates.

Foróige has more than 5,500 vol­un­teers work­ing in its 600 youth clubs coun­try­wide and pro­vides 160 projects and pro­grammes such as the Aldi Foróige Youth Cit­i­zen­ship Pro­gramme; Lead­er­ship for Life; Be Healthy Be Happy; and En­trepreneur­ship.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ports over 50,000 young peo­ple, or one in 10 Ir­ish teenagers year on year.

The con­fer­ence saw del­e­gates hear a va­ri­ety of guest speak­ers, take part in work­shops and ex­change ideas on best prac­tice in youth work.

Mr O’Reilly said that, in 2017, 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 co-or­di­nated and given the sup­port it de­serves,” he added.

Foróige vol­un­teers at the Na­tional Vol­un­teer Con­fer­ence in Kilkenny: (front) Grainne Bag­nell, Caro­line Crow­ley, Bryan Di­neen, Betty Kiely, Ber O’Brien, and (rear) Liam Win­ters, Lola O’Re­gan, Su­san Daly, Mairéad O’Donoghue, Elaine Goss, Ciara Bogue, Frank Leahy, Edel Drumm, Vi­vian Field, Ka­t­rina Cul­li­nane, Sharon Hughes, Ber Daly, and Paul Finn.

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