Two volunteers from Tipperary attend national Foróige Volunteers Conference

Foróige volunteers from all over Ireland came together in the Hodson Bay Hotel in Roscommon last weekend, 11th-13th October 2019, for Foróige’s annual volunteer conference.

 

Pat O Meara and Andrew Barrett attended from Tipperary.

Two volunteers from Tipperary attend national Foróige Volunteers Conference

Pat O Meara and Andrew Barrett attend the 49th annual Foróige Volunteers Conference

Foróige has over 6,500 volunteers working in its 650 clubs, 160 projects and programmes, including Leadership for Life; Be Healthy Be Happy, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Programme, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. Foróige volunteers are essential to the organisation’s engagement with over 50,000 young people year after year.

 

This was the 49th annual Foróige Volunteers Conference, with 250 delegates from 22 counties enjoying a wide variety of guest speakers, workshops, and social events aimed at exchanging ideas to continue Foróige volunteers phenomenal work throughout the country. The theme of the conference this year was ‘Foróige Volunteers – preparing young people for a changing world’ and it also explored the future direction of youth work and best practice within the sector. Psychologist and Author Shane Martin gave the conference keynote address on the theme of happiness.

 

David O’Reilly, Foróige Chairperson, speaking at the conference said “Volunteerism has a very special place in Irish culture. As a Nation, we are good at volunteering, it’s in our DNA and part of what makes us who are. For fifty years, the Irish Government has entrusted youth work to volunteer-led organisations and we have not let them down. This is as it should be, it is how youth work operates at its best, not simply a cheap way of keeping young people off the streets, but a unique and distinctly Irish way of enabling young people to develop to be their best selves.”

 

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