Thursday 22 March 2018

Fingal Foróige clubs represented in Sligo

Fran Bentley, Lisa Nic An Bhreithinm, Dani Duffy, Rachel Moore and Des Culleton
Fran Bentley, Lisa Nic An Bhreithinm, Dani Duffy, Rachel Moore and Des Culleton

Five volunteers from Fingal represented the region at the annual National Volunteer Conference in Sligo, held by Foróige recently.

Hundreds of volunteers, including five from Fingal travelled from all over Ireland to attend the conference involving keynote speaker John Davis, Professor of Childhood Inclusion at University of Edinburgh; to participate in workshops and exchange ideas on best practice in youth work.

Foróige also launched the results of a survey of 500 Foróige volunteers it conducted this year.

The survey found that over 95% of Foróige volunteers feel they benefit from volunteering and the biggest benefit volunteers gain from volunteering is 'A greater sense of belonging'.

The survey found that the biggest challenge facing volunteers working with young people was found to be 'too few volunteers' according to over 31% of respondents and 89% of volunteers feel youth work needs greater resources.

Sean Campbell, CEO of Foróige said: 'The work of youth work volunteers is crucial to the well-being of young people, what this survey shows is that it is also of enormous benefit to the adult volunteers. Volunteers feed back to us all the time that helping young people, getting involved in their local community and meeting other volunteers is one of the most positive forces for good in their lives. That amazing feeling you get from giving of your time and energy to something so important really can't be replicated in any other way.'

Mr Campbell added: 'Without volunteers Foróige simply could not do its work'. He said: They have touched so many young lives and empowered young people to develop.'

Fingal Independent