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Foróige

Foroige Eastside (Ballybane)

Who We Are

Foroige Special Youth Projects are based in the local community and target young people who may be disadvantaged or at risk.

ETB Project Aim

Equip young people with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for their appropriate and full participation in society.

So, how does it work?

Foróige sets up and supports volunteer led youth groups, providing services including organisational development, training, programme development and consultancy. Foróige works directly with targeted young people on issues affecting their ability to reach their potential. These issues relate to family, education, substance use and health, amongst others. These programmes are usually done in small groups, and take place in community or school settings.

Activities in these projects are chosen based on the needs and interests of the young people, who are themselves involved in planning for their own groups. These activities include, drama, outdoor pursuits, personal development programmes, community action, environmental work, sport, and issue based programmes on topics such as loss, anger, drugs and health.

Foroige are funded to deliver 80% of our work focused on young people on level 2 and 3 of the Hardiker Model, with 20% devoted to young people on level 1.

Please see below for a little detail on Foroige Clubs.

Foróige Clubs are a safe place for young people to hang out, meet new friends and have a voice. What makes a Foróige Club different to other youth clubs is that it is run by the young people themselves. This allows them to believe in themselves, make decisions and practice leadership.

The first Foróige Club was established in Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny in 1952 and now there are over 600 volunteer-led clubs in 26 counties across the country. The members of the Club elect a committee which includes a Chairperson, Secretary, Public Relations Officer and Treasurer. This gives them a chance to experience democracy first hand. The committee then works with the members and is supported by the adult club leaders to control and manage the club. This ensures that members are participating in activities they really want to do and will therefore get the most out of. Club members are 12 to 18 year olds from the local area. Certain clubs are targeted at younger members aged 12 to 14 or older members aged 15 to 18.

Leaders are members of the local community who want to get involved. These adult leaders work with the members to make the club work. There must be at least one adult leader present for a club meeting to take place and an adequate number of leaders to facilitate club numbers on meet up nights. Leaders appoint an overall Club Leader. Leaders also appoint a designated Leader who is then eligible to stand for election to Foróige’s National Council and vote at such elections.

Club Night

Foróige Clubs generally meet one night a week for 1 ½ – 2 hours. The club night begins with a formal meeting, led by the club committee to make decisions about the club. Then members decide if they want to work on a project based on Foróige’s education programmes or just hang out with their friends, enjoying games or activities.

What We Do

Our purpose is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society.

How We Do It

The Foróige approach to youth work is underpinned by a strong philosophy which states:

Unique
Each person has unique qualities and attributes.

Creative
Creativity applies to many aspects of life: solving problems, organizing, the arts, communicating, caring for others.

Take responsibility
We always have a choice: in what we think, do and become.

Interdependent with others
We develop through relations with other people. We achieve more by working together.

Make a difference to the world
Each person has something important to contribute to making the world a better place.

Have an influence
Reality is not fixed. It can be changed by our actions. Each person can influence what is going on. Each can influence what they become in life.

Learn from every situation
Learning does not stop at school. It is part of everyday living. It is a lifelong process.

See timetable below. All activities are free of charge, we aim to support young people through a variety of methods, including weekly groups (cooking, sports, music, technology, arts etc) and through special projects such as Citizenship events, Leadership programme, Techspace Techfest at Google H.Q. etc

Who We Serve

Young people aged 10-18

Other Information

Please contact:
Martin 086 8386724 or
Megan 086 1455456
for more details and permission forms.

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Quick Reference

Name:
Foroige Eastside (Ballybane)
Address:

Ballybane Community Resource Centre,
Ballybane,
Galway

086-8386724
Is a Referral Required? No

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Table of Contents

ProgrammesDate and TimesAgeDescription
SwimmingPlease contact Megan / MartinWater Safety and Swimming Lessons
FitnessMonday
4:30-5:30pm
10–18yrs Health and Wellbeing Programme – games, soccer and fitness activities
Coding, Film and MakerSpaceMonday
6-7pm (Starting 19th Feb)
16-18yrs Create your own computer games, electronic projects with motors, led lights and more
Skate It OutTuesday
4-5pm
10-13yrsHealth and Wellbeing Programme – Zumba funded by Sport Eireann / Sport Ireland
Skate It OutTuesday
5:30-6:30pm
14-18 yrs
Driver TheoryTuesday
5:30-6:30pm
16-18yrsPractice and prepare for Driver Theory test, help with CV prep, forms, work placement, online safety, Gaisce – the president’s awards, computer skills and school projects.
Driver TheoryTuesday
6:30-7:30pm
16-18yrs
Lego ClubWednesday
3:30-4:30pm
10-12 yrsCreate, learn, socialise and have fun with Lego Challenges, Games and Animation.
Lego ClubWednesday
5-6pm
10-12 yrs
Drop In ClubThursdays
4:00-5:30pm
10-12 years
(Primary School)
A drop in space for young people 10-12years to socialise, take part in Art Projects, Teambuilding Games, Technology Workshops.
Drop In ClubThursdays
6-7pm
12-18yrs
(Secondary School)
A drop in space for young people 12-14years to socialise, Art Projects, Teambuilding Games, Technology Workshops and much more.
Friday Night SoccerFriday
5-6pm
13-18yrsJoint initiative with Doughiska Youth Development Project
Friday Night SoccerFriday
6-7pm
10-12yrsWeekly soccer training and 3 a side soccer matches, with planned friendly and tournaments with other local youth projects.
Friday Night SoccerFriday 7-8pm12-15yrs
Additional trips, workshops, events and opportunities to enter national competitions will be advertised to all young people involved in the project.

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