FORÓIGE members from clubs in Laois, Carlow and Kilkenny gathered at the Talbot Hotel in Graiguecullen recently for a busy day of fun, discussion, information sharing, workshops and youth elections.
Laois Foróige was represented at the annual regional conference by young people from Timahoe, Ratheniska and the Daredevils Club in Portlaoise.
Its purpose is to give young members an opportunity to exchange views and to make recommendations in relation to the organisation of Foróige.
Another important aspect of the conference is to elect young members from the region onto the national reference panel, which is comprised of members between the ages of 14 and 18 years from all over Ireland who advise Foróige on issues that affect young people.
Once the introductions and icebreakers were complete, delegates shared their thoughts on what Foróige means to them. Contributions included issues surrounding climate change, bullying and drugs and alcohol.
Members also explored how Foróige can support young people’s mental health locally, regionally and nationally as well as putting forward suggestions about dealing with cyber-bullying.