As a youth development organisation, it’s essential for us to consult with young people to ensure we are meeting their needs.
For over 30 years, the Foróige Reference Panel has been fulfilling the role. This group has had a huge influence on many decisions and initiatives in Foróige.
So how do you get on to Foróige’s Reference Panel – a group of 64 young people who get together make recommendations to our National Council and bring about change, while representing 54,000 young people involved nationally?
In January and February 2015, 19 youth consultation events (called Regional Conferences and Regional Seminars) will happen around Ireland, bringing together Foróige Club members and members of Foróige's projects and services for a day to exchange ideas and influence local, regional and national decisions. Young people in attendance will also get the chance to elect members to Foróige's national youth panel, the Reference Panel. The panel will spend the next year working on the ideas and recommendations made at these consultation events.
The Reference Panel has had a huge influence over many decisions and initiatives in Foróige in its over 30 years existence, appearing on radio/TV representing the views of young people, developing Foróige's Charter of Rights and even more. Talk to your Club leader or Foróige staff member to find out how to get involved.
Regional Conferences 2015
Carlow/Kilkenny - Saturday 24th January
Cavan/Monaghan - Saturday 24th January
Clare/Limerick + North Tipperary - Saturday 17th January
Cork Central + Harbour/East - Saturday 24th January
Cork North + West - Saturday 24th January
Donegal/Sligo/Leitrim - Saturday 24th January
Dublin South/Tallaght + Dublin North/Blanchardstown - Sunday 25th January
Galway - Saturday 24th January
Kildare/Laois - Date TBC
Limerick - Saturday 17th January
Longford/Roscommon - Saturday 24th January
Louth/Meath - Saturday 24th January
Mayo - Saturday 31st January
Offaly/Westmeath - Saturday 31st January
Waterford/South Tipperary - Saturday 24th January
Wexford/Wicklow - Saturday 17th January
East & Midlands Regional Seminar - Saturday 31st January - Location Dublin
North West Regional Seminar - Sunday 1st February - Location Sligo
South East Regional Seminar - Saturday 7th February - Location Tipperary