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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Fingal youth clubs attend Foróige awards

Community action projects from local youth clubs win praise

Sarah Haslam, Foróige and John Cahill, Foróige present Edel Flynn, Frankie Gaffney Chris McDonagh and Francesca Bentley, North Fingal GYDP, with a Certificate of Achievement at the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards
Sarah Haslam, Foróige and John Cahill, Foróige present Edel Flynn, Frankie Gaffney Chris McDonagh and Francesca Bentley, North Fingal GYDP, with a Certificate of Achievement at the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards

John Manning

Several brilliant community action projects from Fingal youth clubs were recently showcased at the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards in Dublin.

One of the groups exhibiting at the CityWest Hotel, Club Óige Feachtas Baile Brigín, won a bronze star award for their project which involved a clothes and food drive for the homeless.

More than 2,000 young people, representing every county in Ireland showcased their community action projects at the Awards, focused on improving the entrants' local communities in areas such as equality, homelessness, inclusion, community events, mental health, culture and much more.

Commenting at the Awards, Seán Campbell, CEO of Foróige said: 'The Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards programme is designed to empower young people across Ireland to use their skills and talents to make a positive contribution to their local community.'

This year was the fourth year Aldi has partnered with Foróige to support the Awards, having recently agreed a new three-year €900,000 partnership extension with the youth organisation.

Skerries Foróige Club presented a project that consisted of an animal welfare campaign and fundraiser for Dogs Trust and the DSPCA. ThThe group created a leaflet to hand out in schools dealing with animal welfare and how to care for dogs. They collected blankets and dog toys which they donated to Dogs Trust. They also fundraised €350 for Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Naul Foróige Club held what they called 'An Intergenerational Afternoon Tea'. The young people of Naul felt it was important to get to know senior members of their community and decided to organise an afternoon tea. The group introduced themselves to the Senior Citizens Club and extended an invite to them to afternoon tea. They created flyers and posters to reach more elderly people in the community that weren't already involved in the Senior Citizens Club.

Balbriggan Youth Committee held An event to promote friendship between schools in the area. Balbriggan Youth Committee were aware of the tensions that existed between students from the three local secondary schools. They decided to tackle this by inviting five students from each school to an event to build friendships and understanding. They organised food, bingo, ice breakers, refreshments, a speaker, Irish dancing and a piano piece to facilitate relationship building.

The Wednesday Group in Skerries, organised a shoebox appeal for the homeless in Dublin City Centre. The growing social issue of homelessness sparked the Skerries Wednesday group to organise a shoebox appeal for the homeless in Dublin City Centre. The group collected empty shoe boxes for Christmas and wrapped them and collected scarves, clothes, hats and gloves, toothpaste, toothbrush, hand cream, books, notepads and pens to fill the boxes.

In each box they included a stamped envelope. The group walked through the city and handed boxes and sandwiches to the homeless along Grafton street, O'Connell Street, Tara Street and the bridges on the Liffey.

Club Óige Feachtas Baile Brigín, held a clothes and food drive for the homeless. Many in the club attend Gaelcholáiste na Mara an Irish language secondary school, so the group spoke to their Príomoíde and asked if they could have permission to hold a clothes drive and food drive for Inner City Help for the Homeless (ICHH) in their school. They got clothes, runners, toothpaste, chocolate, noodles, cup a soups and Easter Eggs.

North Fingal GYDP, also had a project to raise awareness of and funds for homelessness. This group wanted to do something positive to support the homelessness. They spoke to a local homeless shelter to find out what people needed at that time of year. They then linked in with a volunteer-led music group to present a carol singing event in a local shopping centre to fundraise for hampers. They visited the shelter to see how people in homeless accommodation experienced day to day life, and presented the hampers and the money they raised.

YouthBank Fingal held a tech week and career day to inspire young people of possible career choices. YouthBank Fingal hosted a career day and tech week to inspire young people with possible career choices and to meet experts working in the field of STEM and other professions. They sent out flyers, invited experts and prepared the venue.

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