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Now recruiting for next Foyle Ambassador Programme (May to June)

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Loughs Agency are delighted to announce they are recruiting for the next Foyle Ambassador programme. This will be an evening and weekend programme that will run every Wednesday evening (18:00 to 20:00) and Saturday (09:30 to 16:30) throughout May and June. The first day will be Saturday 4th May.

Programme Dates:
Week 1- Sat 4th May
Week 2- Wed 8th May Sat 11th May
Week 3- Wed 15th May Sat 18th May
Week 4- Wed 22nd May Sat 25th May
Week 5- Wed 29th May Sat 1st June
Week 6- Wed 5th June Sat 8th June
Week 7- Wed 12th June Sat 15th June
Week 8- Wed 19th June Sat 22nd June
Week 9- Wed 26th June Sat 29th June

Loughs Agency’s Ambassadors Programmes are designed to connect young people with their local waterways, coastline and wildlife through recreation, volunteering and conservation opportunities.

Using the John Muir Award, we encourage our Ambassadors to discover more, explore more, conserve more and share more. Since 2014 close to 100 teenagers from the North West have graduated as Foyle Ambassadors with a greater understanding and respect for the river that so many of us take for granted.

Ambassadors do not only build lasting connections with wild places, they also build lasting friendships with people from different backgrounds. The experiences they gain provides them with skills for life through fun, friendship and adventure.
Loughs Agency feel that our Ambassadors Programme has the potential to reach many more young people, creating stronger communities and inspiring everyone to love our waterways.

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The Foyle Ambassador programme is a FREE Easter programme aimed at 14-17 year olds from the Foyle area who are interested in the enjoying and exploring the natural environment.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities from water-sports to conservation projects. Throughout the programme they will have the chance to discover the River Foyle, gain qualifications, learn new skills, make new friends and discover new possibilities and opportunities.

The common theme of the project is the river and the purpose of the programme is to get young people connected with the River Foyle, its tributaries, estuary, coast, its wildlife and the recreational opportunities it holds. The hope is that participants on the programme will develop a new and positive understanding of the river and its resources.

If this sounds right up your street, please fill in the expression of interest form.

The programme is delivered by Loughs Agency in partnership with Cooperation Ireland and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund.


FAQs
How much does it cost to take part in the programme?
Zilch! Nada! it’s FREE!
Do I have to bring a pack lunch?
A simple packed lunch will be provided. You may like to bring a bit extra to help power you through all our exciting activities.
I turn 18 during the programme. Can I still take part?
Unfortunately not.
I turn 14 during the programme. Can I still take part?
Unfortunately not. You must be at least 14 by the start of the programme.
I have taken part in a previous Ambassador programme. Can I take part again?
Preference will always be given to first time Ambassadors, no matter when expressions of interest are received.
I can’t take part in every day of the programme. Can I still be selected to be a participant?
Preference will always be given to those that can commit to the full programme.
What will I gain from this programme?
With full attendance and participation the Ambassadors will work towards a John Muir Discovery Award, they will experience different water-sports, they will gain skills for life and make lasting connections with other young people.
How are participants selected?
Shortlisting will be based on:
• date when Expression of Interest forms are received.
• applicants that can commit to the full programme.
• information provided on their Expression of Interest – Why I would like to take part in the programme.
• first time ambassadors will be given preference.
• be within the specified age range.
I can’t attend the information session. Will I still be considered for the programme?
Yes you can still be considered. If you cannot attend the information sessions we will arrange a suitable time to have a quick telephone conversation.
I have a disability. Can I still take part?
The programme will involve water-sports and moving over rough terrain. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Please contact Allan Bogle (Community Engagement Officer) if you would like any more details:
E allan.bogle@loughs-agency.org
T +44(0) 28 71342100
M +44(0) 77 89372409

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