Pictured above: Foróige Volunteers from across West Cork at the 45th Foróige Volunteers’ Annual Conference.
Sixty-seven volunteers representing Cork attended the 45th National Volunteers’ Conference of Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation. They were amongst the more than 200 Foróige volunteers from all over the country who took part in the conference, themed ‘Nurturing Young People’s Potential — the Volunteer’s Role’, which was held in the Cork International Airport Hotel recently.
Figures released at the conference show the organisation now works with 54,000 young people and 5,500 volunteers each year through a network of 600 clubs, 150 projects and national programmes such as Entrepreneurship, Citizenship and Leadership.
“The number of lives impacted by Foróige is quite staggering; one in ten young people in Ireland are involved with Foróige, with thousands of volunteers leading the way, ensuring our young people have a secure and fun place to develop in our communities,” said Michael Lynskey, Chairperson of Foróige.
The conference celebrated the importance of volunteerism, with delegates hearing that 403,108 volunteer hours powered the work of Foróige in one year alone.
Mr Lynskey paid tribute to the people who give their time, energy and expertise to help improve the lives of young people across the country.
“In our work as volunteers with young people in Foróige, we are in an ideal position to enable young people to develop their skills, confidence and self-belief. We see first-hand that unlocking a young person’s potential creates a future where anything is possible for them and for us,” he said.