Ballymahon Foróige may be in danger of closing, unless more adult volunteer leaders come on board in the near future.
With this in mind, the group are hosting an information meeting at the Bridgeway's Family Resource Centre on Thursday, June 16 at 8pm. Regional Youth Officer Jim Maher will address the crowd on the night, speaking about Foróige in Ballymahon and around Co Longford.
Since its foundation in the county in 1952, Foróige has become one of the fundamental stepping stones for young people in Longford, with communities throughout the county embracing their young people and providing outlets for them to socialise and develop in a non-formal environment. Foróige clubs offer a space for young members to meet up, play games, experience new things and take trips away. Discos, parties and programmes are also organised throughout the year.
Ballymahon Foróige Club was established in 2004 and since then the club has become a central part of the Ballymahon community. The club meets every Thursday evening during the school year from 4:30pm until 6pm in the Bridgeway’s Family Resource centre, and like other clubs, it has provided the youths in the area with the opportunity to experience various events and activities.
Bridie Costello Hynes, Coordinator of the Bridgeway’s Family Resource Centre Club, said that she is committed to carry on working with the young people of Ballymahon, but stressed that without adult volunteer leaders to come on board and take an active part in the club it will unfortunately have to close - much to the disappointment of the members and indeed Bridie herself.
Jim Maher meanwhile explained that it is important for communities to embrace their young people, before expressing his delight at being partnered with the Resource Centre.
If you are interested in getting involved in Ballymahon Foróige or indeed wish to establish a Foróige Club in your area please contact Mr Jim Maher, Regional Youth Officer on 086 9672920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.