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Getting elected on to the Reference Panel was a shock. I was over the moon and was intrigued to see what I was letting myself in for. Coming from a small Foróige Club it was the first time that someone from our Club got elected. The night before, as I packed my bag, I began to feel anxious and nervous. I am an outgoing and confident person but this experience was going to be something I had never done before.
I had no idea the effect this weekend would turn out to have on me. From once we set foot in Dublin it became clear that this weekend would be one that would never be forgotten. As we all gathered for dinner it was obvious that everyone was unique and the nicest group of people you will ever meet. The conversation flowed and it felt as if we all had known each other all our lives.
Hi, my name is Anne and I’m a Big Sister to Niamh. Niamh and I met for the first time on March 12th 2012. The two years in which I’ve known Niamh have flown by and we’ve built a really solid relationship. I decided to volunteer with the BBBS programme as I love working with young people. BBBS gave me the opportunity to do this while hopefully helping a young person by giving them some time out each week. Niamh is now 12. She’s always happy, chatty and enthusiastic. She’s never demanding and is always content to just hang out and catch up on each other’s news. At this stage, I think she’s given up suggesting that we could go and stalk Niall Horan’s house in Mullingar!
Foróige’s Communications Department is continually curating Foróige stories to be shared online and in the media. Here is a short guide to creating content which Foróige can share on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube on our website and more. Frances Macken is Foróige's Online Communications Officer (email firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cathy Gray is Foróige's Media & Marketing Officer (email email@example.com). We are continually seeking good Foróige stories. Why? Because they depict the transformative nature of Foróige. The spirit of volunteering. The confidence and belief provided to young people. Communities brought together and strengthened.
In February 2014 we conducted our first major volunteer survey for many years. It was designed to give a voice to volunteers across the organisation, from Foróige Clubs to Big Brother Big Sister to Project Volunteers and 7 other roles. Some 1,042 people completed this historic survey. This was the biggest single action ever by Foróige volunteers. In it we heard from leaders we don’t usually hear from – as about 50% of those who answered it are with us for less than 2 years.
The results of the survey will enable the organisation to best respond to volunteer needs in their role with Foróige. A big thank you to all those who filled it in and those who encouraged others to do so. The analysis will take some time, but here are some of the early findings.
FAB Feb (Foróige Against Bullying Month) was a major success, largely in part to the devotion of volunteers who fuelled bullying awareness initiatives through clubs, projects and services. Groups in Mulhuddart, Longford town, Banteer Lyre, Brookfield, Bullaun, Carrick-on-Suir, Tallaght, Kildare, Athlone, Tyrrellstown, Kanturk, Killygarry, Lackagh, Listowel, Aghabog, Blanchardstown, Newcestown, Scarriff, Scotstown, Smithboro, Corduff and more carried out FAB Feb activities such as video production, poster competitions, positive peer influence workshops etc.
You might not be able to make it to Brazil this summer but why not take a shot at the Blanchardstown World Cup? In 2013, 144 young people aged 14-16 participated and represented different countries from around the world. If your club or youth group want to get involved, just complete the Statement of Interest form available here.
After such a great turn out last year, we are delighted to be hosting the event again in 2014. The dates for this years competition are the 28th and 29th June 2014. We will be hosting the event in Corduff Sports Centre.
Getting elected on to the reference panel, to me was a shock. I was over the moon and was intrigued to see what I was letting myself in for. Coming from a small club it was the first time that someone from our club got elected. The night before, as I packed my bag I began to feel anxious and nervous. I am an outgoing and confident person but this experience was going to be something I had never done before.
Should young people be able to vote in elections from the age of 16? Liam O’Driscoll and David O’Callaghan (members of Ballineen Foróige Club in Co. Cork) are surveying the nation’s teenagers on their political knowledge and level of responsibility. They have devised a knowledge survey: http://bit.ly/1fO2aeH and a responsibility survey: http://bit.ly/1eufVPH We urge you to get involved!
Internet use is now a central part of children and young people’s lives in Ireland today. The vast majority of Irish children are online. The Growing Up in Ireland report found that 86% of all nine-year-olds have a computer in their home. Many now also go online using smartphones, games consoles or other portable devices. Children also start using the internet from a very early age. In the UK, Ofcom reported that 81% of 5-15s are accessing the internet at home and increasing to 97% for 12-15s; additionally, 28% of 3-4 year olds use a tablet computer at home. EU Kids Online also found that Irish young people are avid social networkers: three quarters of 13-14 year olds, and 9 in 10 older teenagers have a profile on a social networking site. Nearly half of 11-12s are also active on social networking sites, despite age restrictions.