To unlock the potential of all young people.
Future Voices works to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by empowering vulnerable young people to overcome barriers and create positive change for themselves and others.
Our Core Values
Why We're Different
Future Voices Ireland works with people from backgrounds where there is intergenerational unemployment and whose daily experience is one of poverty and social exclusion. Many are in the care system or face other challenges that affect their wellbeing and confidence. We work with these young people outside of the traditional educational environment and bring them into a more inclusive space that encourages development and participation, and opens up access to new opportunities.
Our emphasis on participation enables our young people to take control of specific projects, building their confidence, wellbeing and leadership skills, and giving them the opportunity to have their voices heard in addresses to ministers and other decision-makers on issues that are important to them.
By focusing on only the most vulnerable young people in our society, and working with them consistently over a 3-year period when they are at a particularly vulnerable point in their lives, we help to ensure that change happens, and that the cycle of intergenerational poverty is broken - permanently.
Our Funders and Supporters
FOUNDER AND CEO
Mairead Healy is CEO of Future Voices, since 2012. Aside from this role, she is also a consultant for SOLAS, the Irish further education authority. She also sits on the Board of the Children's Rights Alliance in Dublin,Boys and Girls Clubs Northern Ireland in Belfas and is an Expert Advisor of the Irish Traveller Movement in London. She has appeared on a range of national media in television and radio and also writes for publications including the Irish Times and the Huffington Post. In the past, she worked in human rights, for the Public Interest Law Alliance and the Irish Traveller Movement in the UK where she led the legal and human rights policy work areas. She has authored national policy reports and appeared before the UN, EU and Council of Europe and was heavily involved in the Dale farm eviction, bringing together activists internationally. She also worked for the European Commission in Brussels and lectured in law. Mairead has been awarded a number of accolades including, Newstalk Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 and was listed in Tatler's most Influential Women in the media in Ireland
Board of Directors
Rachel manages the Free Legal Advice Centre's Public Interest Law Alliance. She previously helped establish Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI), and has also worked with the Irish Human Rights Commission. She qualified as a solicitor with Eversheds and is on the board of the IRLI and EIL Intercultural Learning.
Columb is a barrister practising in the areas of family law, criminal law and human rights law. He has been involved in the NGO sector for many years and has campaigned for equal access to justice for people of limited means. Columb joined the board of Future Voices Ireland as Company Secretary in February 2015.
Grainne is a solicitor and is Head of Legal for the retail division of a leading Irish financial institution. She previously ran her own law firm and has extensive experience in the voluntary sector.
Emer is currently employed as a general practice solicitor in a Dublin City Centre law firm. Emer studied at NUI Galway, Universite de Rennes I and the Law Society of Ireland. She is a keen lover of the French language having spent a year working in Strasbourg. Having volunteered in the charity sector throughout her teenage years, she learned of the benefits of the work of community-led groups through her experience in volunteering with Enable Ireland and in the Brothers of Charity Youth Services, Galway. She currently volunteers with the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) and has provided tuition to secondary school children in the Stoneybatter area of Dublin with An Siol Development Project. Emer is an advocate for human rights law for those with limited access to justice based on their lack of financial means and has represented clients on a pro bono basis throughout her time in practice; most recently appearing before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
At Future Voices Ireland we are very open about our governance, policies and leadership. We believe it is hugely important that we are transparent and accountable to all of our young people, donors and stakeholders. Our board is comprised of passionate people who have experience working with young people and a desire that all young people in Ireland should have a voice. The majority of our board are people under the age of 35. Similarly, all of our staff are under 35 years of age.
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All of our funding is used to fund our direct project costs and staff salaries only.
Board of Directors
Details of our current Board of Directors (2015-2018) is available on the Our People section of our website.
Future Voices Ireland has signed up on the adoption journey to comply with the governance code for voluntary organisations. The staff team and board are still working to implement all actions contained within the code. We expect to be in full compliance in the next 12 months.
The welfare, protection and safety of the young people we work with in Future Voices Ireland is our primary concern in all of our programmes. Future Voices has a robust child protection policy.
Our designated child protection officer is: Mairead Healy.
Our child protection policy is available upon request.
Here at Future Voices Ireland we take your feedback seriously, especially complaints. If you do have a comment about any aspect of our work, including fundraising, you can contact us via email, post or by telephone. In the first instance, your correspondence will be dealt with by Mairead Healy and all complaints will be relayed to the board of directors.
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