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FORUM Connemara CLG Adolescent Support

Who We Are

The FORUM Adolescent Support Project aims to develop locally based youth initiative and programme that improves the lives of young people in North West Connemara, particularly those who are most disadvantaged. The project believes that all young people should be valued members of society and our community. We promote a partnership approach between adults and young people and endeavour to support young people to make informed decisions on issues that impact their lives.

The Adolescent Support Project is a FORUM initiative in partnership with the TUSLA and Galway and Roscommon Education Training Board (GRETB). The aim of the project is to put in place a youth provision for categories of young people between the ages of ten and eighteen year olds in North West Connemara. The Advisory Committee of the ASP is comprised of representatives of the TUSLA, GRETB, FORUM, School Completion Programme, and teachers.

What We Do

The programmes put in place are aimed at developing each young person in terms of their physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs, and potentialities. This work is done on an individual basis and through group work programmes.

Staff will aim to develop supportive and trusting relationships with project users and in doing so will use a multi-disciplinary approach where practical and possible. All service delivery is provided on an outreach basis due to the geographical area and its dispersed population of the young people.

How We Do It

Learning outcomes for participants in the project • Self-esteem/self-confidence • Social interaction competency • Improved insights into their attitudes/values and their understanding of personal responsibilities

Methodologies • Programmes are delivered to the primary and post-primary schools to meet the needs of those specific children in the schools (e.g. After Schools Activity Programme, summer camps, and intergenerational programmes) • Work is done within group settings with not only young people but also parents and other professionals • Initiatives are also developed regarding the needs expressed by the young people, for example through the Youth Representative Group

  • Drop in Youth Cafe in the Central town of Clifden
  • Coderdojo Computer programming Club
  • 7+ Summer Camps
  • 13+ Summer Camps
  • Youth Community Project initiatives are delivered during the year as needs arise

Information regarding other services available for young people and parents, contact Marie Feeney, Project Co-ordinator 095 22175

Who We Serve

Location and Target Group

Due to the dispersed nature of the population of North and West Connemara, the project will work with the young people in primary schools, post-primary schools, Youth Reach, and community centres on an individual basis. FORUM is based in North West Connemara, a region of mountain and blanket bog located on the western seaboard 60 miles North West of Galway city. It covers an area of approximately 800 square kilometres, reaching from Cleggan in the west to Recess in the east, from Maam in the north to Roundstone in the south.

Quick Reference

FORUM Connemara CLG Adolescent Support
Boys Old School,
Co. Galway
Is a Referral Required? Yes



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