A BALLINACURRA Weston-based man has been appointed to the board of directors of a key national youth work body.
Glen Guilfoyle, who has played an active role in youth work for the last ten years, currently works for the Our Lady of Lourdes Community Service Group on the southside.
Now he has been appointed to the board of directors with Youth Work Ireland, the independent body which oversees all the youth services in the Republic.
Glen originally became involved with youth work in his native Clare, with the Banner Countyâ€™s local youth service.
By the age of 18, Glen became an adult volunteer with the Ennis HUB Cafe, an alcohol and drug free project for over 18â€™s.
Then he worked as the Welfare Officer in NUI, Galway Studentsâ€™ Union from 2002 to 2003 before serving as the Welfare Officer for the Union of Students in Ireland from 2003 to 2004. Here he was responsible for representing and lobbying on behalf of third level students as well as co-ordinating campaigns across 50 colleges.
It was earlier this year he moved to Limerick, where he joined the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes. His role includes coordinating a new apprenticeship programme which seeks to develop â€˜youth workers of the futureâ€™ in Ballinacurra Weston.
Youth coordinator at Our Lady of Lourdes William Priestley said: â€œIt is a fantastic opportunity for a local worker in Limerick to be getting involved in youth work at a national level. Youth Work Ireland have a long history of representing young people and campaigning for their rights. Glen will be a strong addition to their board and we hope his skills are fully utilised to enhance the lives of young people across the country.â€