Foróige reaching more than ever across Kildare

Growing number of clubs

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Foróige reaching more than ever across Kildare

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Foróige clubs in Counties Kildare and Laois are continuing to grow steadily, with over 150 trained and vetted volunteers working with almost 400 young people.

"It is no surprise to see why communities are reaching out to Foróige to be part of local and national buzz. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the local volunteers since the summer clubs have been offering opportunities for youth development and support for young people aged from 10-12 for the Junior Groups and 13-18 for the Senior Groups," said Foróige development officer Alan Judge.

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"The newest clubs have been forming and encouraging their members to do more and be more and we are very excited to see what impact they will have in the New Year."

Both Allenwood Foróige club and Mountrath Foróige club began in the late summer with a trip to the Espoir Foróige Kayak club to launch what will become a yearlong resource to it members.

In Late September Enfield Foróige and Suncroft Foróige began their registration of members and volunteers and are already up and running for the winter.

This year Foróige is delighted to welcome its first Youth Café in the region thanks to Celbridge Youth Café whose space, volunteers and young people are a credit to the community of Celbridge.

Last and certainly not least of the recent clubs is Straffan youth club who have mustered a community to make volunteering for the club as enjoyable as possible to the volunteers by ensuring they have more volunteers than required and have proven that scheduled volunteerism has the least impact on their lives while ensure maximum support for the teens in the community.

Mr Judge said; “It is a real privilege to be able to work with the calibre of volunteers from Laois and Kildare that make these opportunities possible for teenagers.

"Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland and has been working with young people since 1952.  Our purpose is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society."

Mr Judge is keen to engage with any community or volunteer that would like to discuss being part of the existing clubs or showcase the opportunities available for the members and the volunteers alike by creating a new club in their area.

If you would like to learn how your support will make a difference or what you can gain from the experience, please check out www.foroige.ie, Contact Alan on alan.judge@foroige.ie or 0866384199