Daniel Cronin, Foróige volunteer is one of 6 finalists in the hotly contested Calor Community Champion competition. He has received thousands and thousands of votes to get him to this phase of the competition. In 2011, Daniel set up the Ballineen Foróige Club in Co. Cork and also acts as Public Relations Officer for the West Cork Foróige District. We caught up with Daniel to find out more about his volunteering experience with Foróige.
Foróige volunteer Killian O'Kelly has been shortlisted out of 100's of nominations for the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Killian has been supporting the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project for 5 years now. Caroline Cooke, youth worker at the Project nominated Killian and explains why.
My name is Stephen O'Leary. I’ve been a volunteer Club Leader with Foróige for about 3 years. I started a Foróige Club in Derrinturn, Co. Kildare and we now have 25 members! We have also started a Foróige Juniors Club this year which already has 36 members. I was elected as the Kildare representative on the National Council of Foróige and I also sit on Foróige’s National Executive. Some of the Foróige volunteers, staff and young people may know me from my tattoos! These are a big talking point with the new people I met while volunteering at Foróige's Reference Panel meet up this year.
A total of €80,006.36 has been raised by Foróige volunteers, youth workers and young people in a Tesco National Bag Pack which took place on the 13th and 14th September. All funds raised will be spent on youth activities and services in the locality in which it was raised.
Foróige Youth Services in Tallaght and Blanchardstown are coming together to produce a Christmas single to raise funds for youth work in these areas. The single will be called “Calling You Home for Christmas” and has an emigration theme. We’re looking for singers and musicians to participate. The recording will take place at Finnstown House in Lucan, Co. Dublin on Sunday 10th November from 1.30pm. We’re asking young people, volunteers, staff and supporters to come along on the day and lend their voice or talent to the project. There will be auditions to sing a line of the song, just like Band Aid!
Over 50 young people aged 10 – 17 years are attending Coderdojo sessions and learning basic code and HTML 5 at the Quad Youth Centre in Roscommon, as part of a Techspace Programme operating in the centre. Twelve volunteers have stepped forward since mid-summer, attended Foróige volunteer training and have played a major part of the running of two Coder Dojo groups.