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You Make the Difference: Volunteer Stories

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Foróige March 28, 2014

Anne & Niamh:

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! 

Volunteer How To: Curating Foróige stories

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Foróige March 28, 2014

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 frances.macken@foroige.ie) and Cathy Gray is Foróige's Media & Marketing Officer (email cathy.gray@foroige.ie). 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.

Foróige's Volunteer Survey 2014 Outcomes

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Foróige 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 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.

Blanchardstown World Cup 2014: The Beautiful Game is coming to Blanchardstown!

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Foróige February 28, 2014

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.

Young people review the Foróige Reference Panel Weekend, February 2014

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Foróige February 28, 2014

Friday Night

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.

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