Saturday, October 15, 2022

Foróige volunteers from Mayo are pictured at the national conference. Front row, from left: Ann Cruise (Kilmovee), Mary G. Duffy (Knock), Maria Cawley (Turlough), Ann Lenehan (Brickens), Sharon Reilly (Brickens), Ann-Marie Thompson (Lacken), Caitlin Thompson (Lacken), Kevin Higgins (Kilmovee), Kevin Regan (Kilmovee). Back row: Martin Donohoe (Kilmovee), Aaron Hughes (Knock), Alan Prendergast (Mayo Abbey), Tommy Horan (Kilmovee), Patrick Rushe (Kilmovee), Julie Horan (Kilmovee), Anna Raba (Big Brother Big Sister, Mayo)

Foróige volunteers from all over Ireland came together in the Tullamore Court Hotel on the first weekend of October for Foróige’s annual volunteer conference.

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman spoke to volunteers, praising their continued efforts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Foróige volunteers have helped create communities that are vital to our society. The value of the contributions that are made by these volunteers cannot be overstated.

“Not only does volunteerism positively impact our communities but it can provide people with a sense of purpose, improving their own well-being, enhancing their empathy, and allowing them to connect with young people in their communities.”

This was the 50th annual Foróige Volunteers Conference, with 120 delegates from 16 counties enjoying a wide variety of guest speakers, group discussions and social events aimed at exchanging ideas to continue Foróige volunteers’ impactful work throughout Ireland.

Dr David Coleman, clinical psychologist, broadcaster and author, was the keynote speaker and gave his insights into how to communicate with and help teenagers tackle the problems they’re facing.

Caitlin Thomson, from Lacken Foróige Club, addressed the conference on the positive impact being a member of a Foróige Club has had on her life.

Foróige celebrated its 70th anniversary with the first club meeting having taken place in Mooncoin in Co Kilkenny on March 14, 1952. Foróige now has over 5,500 volunteers working in its 550 clubs, 150 projects and various programmes.

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