Volunteers needed for youth groups

The Foróige Drum youth project and health café is seeking volunteers for youth groups in Kilkenny City

The Foróige Drum youth project and health café is seeking volunteers for youth groups in Kilkenny City

Volunteers with the centre will be positively influencing young people’s lives, showing them how to do things, drawing out their potential and acting as an example they can follow. Volunteers will be part of achieving Foróige’s youth development purpose and share its respect for the dignity and value of each young person.

Volunteers are required for after-school groups with young people ages 12-18. These groups will involve helping young people to have fun, work together, participate in decision making, develop good relationships with adults, get involved in the community, listen and take turns.

Groups include developmental group for young people with varied special needs; girls group; mixed activity group for boys and girls; and a youth committee.

Volunteers are also required for Thursday evening and Saturday Youth Cafés with young people ages 15-18. Youth cafés are youth-centred spaces for young people to chill and hang out with their friends in a safe and secure environment. Young people who attend the youth café can take ownership of the activities in which they participate – for example, the group might organise a pool tournament, a Wii face-off or a big band night for up-and-coming youth bands.

Time commitment would be approximately two hours per week per group.

There are no particular educational requirements – Foróige will provide training. All volunteers need is to have common sense and a positive attitude to young people, be willing to learn the role and to share authority and responsibility with young people.

Potential volunteers must complete an application and undergo reference checks, Garda vetting and training. Application does not guarantee acceptance.

For more information, contact Kate Carroll on 086 7736075 or kate.carroll@foroige.ie.