Volunteer @ Louisburgh Foróige.

 

Louisburgh Foróige depend on the help of local volunteers, without the help, there is no Foróige in Louisburgh.

 

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About Louisburgh Foróige Club.

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When requested, please visit the download section of our website to download the latest parent / guardian permission forms.

 

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2018 - 2019 Foróige year:

 

First Years;

 

Louisburgh National School - Tuesday 8 to 9:30 - Leader in charge is Brige Woodward

 

 

Second Years;

 

Louisburgh Parish (Town) Hall - Tuesday 8 to 9:30 - Leader in charge is Michael McGuire

 

 

Third Years;

 

Louisburgh Pastoral Centre (opp Sancta Maria) - Tuesday 8 to 9:30 - Leader in charge is Deborah Bennett

 

 

Axis Youth Space;

 

Louisburgh Pastoral Centre (opp Sancta Maria) - Wednesday 8 to 9:30 - Leader in charge is Ana De Silva

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members must be actively participating and attending club regularly to be considered attend the Foróige Disco's or Festival's.

(Missing three club meetings in a single term will be seen as a breach or this statement. See below.)

 

 

Important updates for parents/guardians.

PLEASE read all the info below very carefully before contacting our leaders.

 

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Following a well attended club AGM on 12/02/2018 where some new officers were elected and sadly we say fair well

to others. The following officers now taking our club forward are;

 

Chairperson: Brige Woodward

Secretary: Deborah Bennett

Treasurer: Rachael Bennett

Communication Officer: Michael McGuire

 

 

Newly appointed officers and roles.

 

Permission form admin: Ana De Silva

TAB time coordinator: Liz Murphy

 

 

 

 

BOT's = Band On The Strand:

 

What: BOT's is a Foróige youth music festival. This event is the largest of it's kind anywhere in the west of Ireland. This event hosts several live bands and top radio DJ's. This is the 10th anniversary of this event so this is going to be the biggest one yet.

 

Where: Lacken Strand in North Mayo

 

When: Saturday July 7th. 7pm to 1am (Travel times, 4:30pm to 4am)

 

Permision form available here.

 

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Lots more info is available HERE.

 

 

 

 

Club policy updates;

 

Following our club AGM a full review of a number of club rules and policies were proposed, agreed and ratified. Some of the key amendments are listed below.

 

 

If you miss three club nights (in a single term) then you won't be permitted attend that

terms Foróige Disco, outing or music festival, with only two exceptions:

 

Agreed club policy on the 12th of Feb 2018, proposed, seconded and unanimously ratified by all leaders present:

 

Policy;

 

Members must be actively participating and attending club regularly to be considered attend the Foróige Disco's or Festival's.

 

Our definitions;

 

Actively participating; You are actively involved in the club, you join in, you don't disrupt the meetings, you are a good Foróige member.

 

Attending club regularly; You must be attending club regularly. If you miss 3 club nights in any one term this is a breach of this policy and you will NOT be permitted attend that terms Disco, outing or Festival. Most terms have blocks of about 6-7 weeks in each and if members are absent for 3 of these they could be missing 50% of club and this will be viewed as NOT attending club regular and if you are not attending club regularly then you will NOT be permitted attend that terms Disco or Festival.

 

This policy applies to all weeks within a term, example, if you return a form and payment but 'still' miss a total of three club nights between the time after the form been returned but before the Disco or Festival takes place then this is also a breach of this policy, in this incidence you will miss that Disco or festival with NO refund of payments available as we will have booked and paid for Disco/Travel based on the number of forms returned by the deadline.

 

This does apply to all members in all clubs.

 

 

The two agreed exceptions:

 

1. Extraordinary medical condition.

2. The bereavement of a relative / family member or close friend.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

The above policy is not new, we have always operated a "miss three night rule" in club and this was openly specified with the form you signed at time of enrolment, the new committee has just ratified some amendments to the existing policy to make it more straight forward and transparent. The aim of this newly amended policy is to encourage more club participation on a regular basis and not just view our club as a disco club.

 

If your child or a child you are responsible for chooses not to attend Foróige or participate in club for whatever reason on a regular basis then we take no offence or hold no grievance with you or with this decision, we can't force any person to attend club if they willingly choose not to, just the same as when your child or a child you are responsible for is not permitted attend Foróige Disco's or festivals for breach of the above policy then we hope you can also afford us the same level of courtesy and do not take personal offence or hold a grievance with us or our club.

 

The amended policy is there for all members and it will be strictly enforced going forward. We are not a Disco or festival club, we are a Foróige Club.

 

 

Enforcement of deadlines for returning permission forms:

 

Agreed club policy on the 12th of Feb 2018, proposed, seconded and unanimously ratified by all leaders present:

 

The Policy;

 

Once a deadline for returning event permission forms is issued to parents / guardians / members these deadlines will be enforced without exception.

 

Our promise to you;

 

No less than two club nights notice will be given between issue of form and return deadline. A text reminder will be sent out to the number supplied at enrolment to remind you of deadline clousure.

 

Some points to consider;

 

The forms are online and you may not have a printer: This happens, we have a club printer solely for club use so permission forms are widely available, free of charge to all members as and when they are needed, however, the fact you don't have a printer, should not delay the return of the form within the given deadline. This is why we allow two week minimum to allow you the opportunity to request a form on week one and return it the following week.

 

Q. You missed the deadline for returning the form, can your child still go to that, Disco, outing or event: A. NO, once deadline has passed, this event is then closed.

 

 

More updates will be posted on here in the coming days.

 

 

 

Some important event updates

 

 

 

. **** NEW CLUB OPENING TIMES ****

 

First years club time will now be 7:15 to 8:30 and the second and third years will be 8:30 to 10pm. Members are asked NOT to arrive any

more than 5 minutes before club opening times.

 

 

. **** Mobile phones in club ****

 

This is not a new rule, this is just a reminder:

 

Members are NOT permitted to use mobile phones within club times. Under this rule, our club and it's leaders are NOT

responsible for any damage or loss caused to mobile phones within club.

 

If members are expecting a call or needs to make a call, as always, all they need to do is make our leaders aware of this. Foróige by default is a social outlet where

all teens and young people are encouraged to interact with each other in person and we have always tried to enforce this value in club..

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

NEW LEADERS ALWAYS WELCOME:

Come join our team, Call-text-whatsApp-viber Michael on (086)7351523 for more info. Please help!!

 

 

CLUB COLLECTION TIMES:

Prompt collection after each club is vital to the smooth running of our club, delays in collecting children on-time results in leaders been taken away from regular Foróige duties and delays everyone.

 

Collection for first years is 8:30pm and collection for second and third years is 10pm. We fully understand some parents/guardian have to make two trips having members in both clubs but the club times have been set to offer all members as much Foróige time as possible in the limited capacity venue we are using.

 

 

GETTING THE INFO OUT THERE:

It is the motto of Foróige Ireland to follow the "empowering youth" ethos.

 

We do our best to keep all parents and guardians up to speed on upcoming events but emphasis is also placed on our members to deliver them messages home regarding upcoming events and info on things like times, locations and dates.

 

Everything gets discussed in great detail within the club and we now have a number of social media platforms we now use to deliver group messages to our members. We have multiple leaders also included in these group messages for child protection and clarity of what gets discussed.

 

Parents/guardians are always asked to also visit this section of our website regularly to seek info on upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

Time-table for the 2017-18 Foróige year.

 

First years - Louisburgh Town Hall - Tuesday evening - 7:15 to 8:30pm

 

Second and third years - Louisburgh Town Hall - Tuesday Evening - 8:30 to 10pm

 

 

 

 

Main Rules regarding Foróige youth Disco's:

 

All Foróige led youth/teen Disco's are strictly alcohol free and all Foróige inter club Discos are supervised on a ratio of one adult for every eight teens in the building, these rules are Foróige policy and both are strictly enforced by the Regional Youth Officer (RYO) and the local Foróige District Council from within each area. All Foróige hosting venues have fully trained First Aid on site, with direct access to ether a public service or Order of Malta Ambulance service, should it be required. As with life in general, no event is guaranteed 100% safe, but we can guarantee you, a Foróige youth/teen Disco is one of the safest Discos your child(ren) can attend.

 

 

 

New laws regarding parents helping out:

 

For as long as Foróige has been in existence in Louisburgh we have always run a parent rota to help with the weekly supervision of our club. However, due to changes in the Foróige Garda Vetting rules we can no longer run a rota where adults come in un-vetted to our club. Where we welcome these changes that do heighten child protection and safety we still need the extra help on a weekly basis. So now more than ever we need adult volunteers to step up and help us out on a more permanent (1.5 hours a week) basis. See our volunteer page for more details, click here for more info.

 

 

Drugs & Alcohol info for Parents.

 

If you are a parent, family member or guardian who is concerned about a young person’s pattern of alcohol use, then this website is for you.

 

Visit the Drugs.ie website here.

 

www.KidsHealth.org

 

KidsHealth.org is the #1 most-visited website in the world today for children's health and development. The link below will take you to the Parents area.

 

Visit the Kids Health website here.

 

Reach Out for Parents.

 

ReachOut.com is an online mental health service that helps both parents and young people through tough times.

 

Visit the Reach Out Ireland website here.

 

 

 

MORE INFO FOR PARENTS & GUARDAINS - 2017/2018:

 

Dear Parent / Guardian,


Louisburgh Foróige Club is one of hundreds of Foróige clubs throughout the country supporting thousands of teenagers to be the best they can be. Foróige offers young people opportunities to run the clubs themselves in cooperation with their adult leaders. Our club is led by trained volunteer adults, whose generosity makes it possible for your child to have this club.

 

Through Louisburgh Foróige, young people can become more self confident and self reliant, develop their views beliefs and values, make friends and have fun, contribute to the development of the community; learn to accept and exercise responsibility and enjoy a great, safe social outlet. Foróige is Ireland’s leading youth organization, involving over 50,000 young people and 5,500 adult volunteers, supported by professional staff. For more see the Foróige Ireland website on www.foroige.ie

 


For your Child’s Protection and Safety:


The National Council of Foróige believes that the protection and welfare of children and young people is of paramount importance. It is the policy of the National Council of Foróige that the organization’s staff and adult leaders take all reasonable care to ensure that all children and young people involved in its services are protected from abuse of any kind. This policy is grounded in Foróige’s philosophy which outlines the importance of young people being treated with respect, listened to and having their views taken into consideration.


As with all Foróige clubs, Louisburgh Foróige volunteer leaders, are reference checked; Garda vetted and receive appropriate training on an ongoing basis. Foróige has policies covering a number of areas and procedures which ALL adult leaders are expected to follow including: Child Protection, Code of Good Practice in Working With Young People, Computer and Internet use, Recruitment and Selection of Volunteers, Safety on Trips Away, Interclub Event Guidelines, Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs, and Insurance.

 

 

Social Media:

 

Louisburgh Foróige uses a vast range of social media websites. We are a big promoter of the 'correct use' of social media and we follow a strict code of conduct regarding same. We currently use 12 of the top 15 social media websites in the world today. We don't know everything but we do try and keep up to date with every site we use. If you have questions about our use, or have questions about your Childs use of social media sites, come in and we'd be delighted to chat to you about this.

 


Parents Responsibility:


The Club normally operates on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm and ending at 10pm (depending which club your child is registered) in Louisburgh Town Hall. If we have extra meetings or change nights we will let you know. The leader’s responsibility begins and ends at these times. You are responsible before and after. Please do not drop your child off before the specified time for your group, and ensure they do not remain after the club ends. The meeting place will not open until there are enough volunteers to take care of members.

 

At times we may need extra help in the club, such as supervising meetings or on trips away. We look forward to your cooperation.

 


Medication:


In the event of a young person needing to take medication, (e.g. headache/ hay fever or prescribed medication)


A. An Adult Leader must be informed in advance of the use of this medication.


B. No young person should be in possession of any more medication than is required for the duration of the activity.


C. The Adult Leaders will not be responsible for the administration of these medications.

 

 


Trips away:


If the club is holding trips outside the normal club times, for example a visit to another Foróige club, you will be asked to sign a Permission Form and given information. If you are unsure check with a leader.

 


Important Points to Remember:


1. If your child(ren) cannot attend the Foróige Club for any reason please inform one of the leaders.


2. If your child(ren) is frequently absent from the Foróige Club, is arriving late or leaving early; we may get in contact with you to check that everything is OK


3. As a parent/guardian we would like you to be as involved in the club as much as you can. We are all volunteers and you are welcome to call down or consider joining us.

 

4. Regarding club rules agreed by our Louisburgh Foróige club leaders, your child, in the eyes of our Foróige club, is no different from any other child in our club and therefore will not or can not receive any special privileges regardless of the circumstances. Every child is unique but our in house club rules do apply to everyone in the best interest of all our members and our club leaders who are there to enforce them.

 

 

Concerns or questions:

 

Have a concern or just need more info, then please visit our contact us page for more ways to contact our club.

 

 

In the event of emergencies:


In the case of an emergency please contact this Foróige Leader:


Name: Mary O'Malley (Club chair)

 

Phone No: (temporary unavailable)

 

 

or in the event you are unable to make contact with the above number, please contact,

 

 

Name: Michael McGuire (Club PRO)

 

Phone No: (086) 7351523