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Foroíge - National Youth Development Organisation

Foroíges Purpose:
The purpose of Foroíge is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society.

This purpose challenges and supports young people to involves themselves in:

  • Developing their character and talents
  • Thinking for themselves, reflecting on their actions and tking    responsibilty
  • Having fun and making friends
  • Building positive relationships
  • Aquiring knowledge and skills for life
  • Improving the community
Foroíge's Work:

Foroíge provides a comprehensive range of youth work services through the operation of Foroíge Clubs, Local Youth Services, Local Youth Development Projects and Youth Information Centres. This multi-pronged approach enables the organisation to:

meet the developmental needs of young people in general, and;
in particular circumstances, to focus on vunerable young  people in relation to issues arising from poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion, under-achievement at  school, early school leaving, youth crime, substance abuse and family difficulties.

Foroíge's Age Range:
The work of Foroíge is directed primarily at young people in their adolescent years - the years between childhood and adulthood.

  • Foroíge club membership is confined to boys and girls in the 12-18 age group.
  • Foroíge operated Local Youth Services and Local Youth   Development Projects normally involve young people in the 10-20 age group.
The Benefits of Foroíge:
The Foroíge organisation promotes and practices youth work which:
  • involves young people in real life learning experiences using a  "learning by doing" educational approach
  • helps young people to negotiate  their way successfully through adolescence
  • promotes a setting where young people can socialise in a  safe and caring environment
  • makes it easy for young people, through suitable group structures, to express their opinions and exercise influence and leadership
  • fosters participation, collective action and voluntary activity by  youth and adults
  • invoves local communities in the development of thier young people
  • invloves young people in the development of their communities
  • gives practical expression to the ideas of the dignity, uniqueness, creativity and value of each individual person.
Regional Youth Officers:
Regional Youth Officers assist clubs, through advice and training, with organisational issues and the development off club programmes.

Clubs in the Mayo Region:
Ardagh, Moygownagh, Lacken, St. Mary's Ballina, Killala "That's Life", Killaka "One World", Ballycastle, Moy, Glencastle, Binghimstown, Shanaghy, Castleconnor, Kilkelly, Brickens, Cloonfad, Knock, Ballyhaunis, Cong, Irishtown, Kilmaine, Ballinrobe, Taugheen, Roundfort, Garrymore, Aghamore, Swinford, Barnacarroll, KilmoveeCregga, Xchange/Le Link Castlebar, Ultimate Chaos Castlebar, Westport 1, Doonkinella, Balla, Currane, Coslough, Manulla, Ballycroy, Turlough, Belcarra.

Foroíge Operated Local Youth Development Projetcs and Local Youth Services in Mayo Region.

Ballina Neighbourhood Youth Project (with the Western Health Board)
Bridge Street,
County Mayo
Tel:  (096) 22012

Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project (with the Western Health Board)
Boxing Club Basement,
The Mall,
Tel:  (094) 26760

Castlebar Youth Information Centre (with Mayo VEC)
Tel: (094) 28674

The Club Meeting:
The Foroige Club usually meet once a week. Each meeting lasts abouttwo hours and includes:

  • a formal meeting where members make democratic decisions  concerning the club
  • club activities based on Foroíges education programmes
  • recreational activites such as sports and games
Programmes & Activites:
Foroíge clubs plan and carry out a programme of activites desighned to meet the interests and needs of members. To assist in this regard, Foroíge has developed eight education programmes, as follows:
  • Leadership
  • Culture
  • Youth Co-operative Education
  • Family and Lifeskills
  • Science
  • Health
  • Agriculture
  • Citizenship
Programme Resources offered by Foroíge:
  • Individual Programme Booklets and Leaflets
  • Foroíge Regional and National Staff
  • Training Courses
  • Programme Awards
  • Newsletter
  • Public/Products Liability Insurance
Club Officers:
Club Members elect form among themselves the following officers;
  • Club Chairperson
  • Club Secretary
  • Club Treasurer
  • Club PRO (Public Relations Officer)
The Club Leader:
Each Club has adult leaders who are the guides and mentors of the club. The Leaders take collective responsibility for the club. There must be at least one adult leader present in order for a club meeting to take place, and Foroíge stongly advises that more than one leader is present at all times. The leaders appoint one of their number to be overall Club Leader. Te person is eligible  to stand for election to the National Council and to vote at such elections.

The Club Committee:
The Club Officers, the Club Leader and not more than two other members form the club committee. The Club Committee is responsible for planning club meetings and making sure that the tasks involved in the day-to-day management ot the club are carried out.

Contact Names and Addresses

Ballina Neighbourhood Youth Project (With The Western Health Board)
Bridge Street
County Mayo
Telephone (096) 22012

Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project (With The Western Health Board)
Basement Boxing Club
The Mall
County Mayo
Telephone (094) 26760

Castlebar Youth Information Centre (With County Mayo V.E.C.)
Co. Mayo
Telephone (094) 28674

Shane Mc Guire,
Regional Youth Officer,
Castlebar Youth Information Centre
Co. Mayo
Phone (094) 25124

Ms. Nonie Mc Gee
Secretary, National Council of Foroige
Carrowmore Lacken
Co. Mayo
Phone (096) 34355

Ms. Marian Turner
Chairperson, West Mayo District Council of Foroige,
Co. Mayo
Phone (098) 45374