Volunteers urgently needed in Kilkenny Foróige clubs

Some of the clubs are at risk of closure

Shauna McHugh

Reporter:

Shauna McHugh

Volunteers urgently needed in Kilkenny Foróige clubs

Ballycallan Foróige enjoy a picnic at their club

Ballycallan, Gowran & Callan Foróige clubs could be in danger of not reopening unless new volunteers are found.

The clubs will not reopen this year without the recruitment of additional volunteers to help operate the clubs. Foróige is calling on interested members of the Kilkenny community to get in contact.

Rosie O’Brien, Regional Youth officer for Foróige in the South East said, “We need volunteers to step forward immediately, or risk losing these outlets for young people. Without the support of local people, giving up their time, we cannot go forward.”

“Volunteering in Foróige really helps to empower and develop young people in society, but it also has massive benefits for the adult leaders. Volunteers tell us that it reduces stress, helps them find friends, connects them to the community, helps them learn new skills, and even advances their careers.

Anne Drea, a volunteer with Gowran Foroige Club, said “Foróige has so much to offer both young people and adult volunteers through training, structured national programmes, activities and events. I encourage adults in communities where Foróige clubs are present to get involved and join the Foróige team.”

Foróige provides youth clubs and services to young people aged between 10 and 18 years of age, and are run by highly trained volunteers. At the clubs, young members can meet up, play games, avail of trips away, attend youth discos, and become involved in programmes on entrepreneurship, leadership, citizenship and so much more.

Foróige is based in the following areas of county Kilkenny: Ballycallan, Ballyfoyle, Callan, Castlecomer, Cuffesgrange-Danesfort, Gowran, Inistioge, Paulstown, Piltown and Stoneyford.

“Many of these clubs are currently recruiting volunteers to ensure they can keep their doors open,” Ms O’Brien said. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Rosie on 086 2997677 or email rosie.obrien@foroige.ie.