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"Positive Self Image" is theme for Reference Panel Conference 2014

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Foróige-Notinuse May 19, 2014

Self image was the big issue at this year’s Reference Panel Conference and Regional Conferences.  Last year’s Reference Panel, in response to the issue of bullying and negative social pressures focused on creating positive environments for young people. This year’s Reference Panel focused on the other side of the coin – young people’s perception of themselves – how they can develop inner strength, resilience and a positive view of themselves, particularly in the face of adversity. As it is impossible to eliminate all negative pressures, it is essential for young people to develop these personal qualities if they are to grow to their full potential. As the proverb goes, “It is better to wear a good pair of shoes than to try to carpet the whole world”.

A sense of their uniqueness and the freedom to be their true selves was considered extremely important by the Reference Panel. They felt that despite the social pressures it was well worth the effort to achieve it.  It was essential learning for young people in Foróige.

Foróige's Volunteer Survey 2014 Outcomes

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Foróige-Notinuse March 28, 2014

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.

Review of FAB Feb (Foróige Against Bullying Month)

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Foróige-Notinuse March 28, 2014

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.

F.A.B. FEB "Foróige Against Bullying" Month to take place this coming February

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Foróige-Notinuse January 9, 2014

Foróige is all about creating an atmosphere in which young people can flourish and grow to their best potential. Here comes FAB FEB, Foróige Against Bullying Month! We are asking all Foróige Clubs, Projects and Groups to participate. The theme is positive peer influence amongst young people. Positive peer influence is when those around you affirm and support you and encourage you to reach your potential. It involves positive interactions and social atmospheres that enhance each young person. This is part of the antidote to bullying.

Robin Duke representing Foróige Attic Youth Café wins Rose of Foróige title

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Foróige-Notinuse December 11, 2013

Legan Foróige Club held the 3rd annual Rose of Foróige competition Friday 6th December. 18 Roses represented clubs in both Longford and Roscommon. After much deliberation, Robin Duke representing the Attic Youth Café in Longford was crowned the winner. Congratulations to Robin, we hope she thoroighly enjoys her reign as Rose of Foróige! The volunteers at Legan Foróige Club would sincerely like to thank the event sponsors.

Áine Donohoe (23), former member of Killdallan Foróige Club, Co. Cavan recounts her time in Foróige

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As myself and my sister grew up we were counting down the days until we could become members of Foróige - a local hub to socialise with our friends after a hard week at school!

Throughout my childhood I had often heard stories of the great times that were to be had at the local Foróige club in my parish of Kildallan. During the 1980's my father was a leader at the club and often lamented on the adventures the club went on, the people he met and how much the youth of our area enjoyed attending the club, with particular emphasis on club outings and inter-club events.

My older sister Sarah joined the club first and I got to see first-hand how exciting it was to be part of the club as she got into her snow boots and denim mini skirt to head off to her first Foróige disco!