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IFCO Pat Whelan Youth Fund offers conference discounts for care leavers

IFCO Pat Whelan Youth Fund offers conference discounts for care leavers

IFCO, through the IFCO Pat Whelan Youth Fund, affirms its commitment to youth in care and care leavers by financially supporting them to enable youth to attend IFCO events. Financial cost is a considerable and large barrier to both youth in care and care leavers. We believe the experience of meeting other youth, adults and decision makers at IFCO events is an opportunity that all care leavers should have. For IFCO2014 a significant discount on the accommodation costs will be offered so that more young people can attend.

Details of IFCO2014 Pat Whelan Youth Fund

The delegate on site accommodation cost is €40 per person, per night. We are arranging a preferential rate which offers care leavers the same accommodation at €25 per person, per night.

There is two application processes:

  1. For youth that are registering for the conference by themselves or with their family, and another for organisations.
  2. For groups that are sending a group of young people (instead of doing an individual application for each young person, you can send the details of each youth in the one application).

Meeting Criteria

The criteria that every youth must have in order to benefit from this discount:

  • Be a current youth member of IFCO. If you are not a current member of IFCO youth you may apply for this online
  • Be between the ages of 14 and 28 years of age
  • Register for IFCO2014 via the conference website
  • Have been, or currently be, in formal care in a European country (as understood by the Council of Europe who has 47 members)
  • Alternatively, you must be a member of a fostering family (i.e. foster brothers and/or sisters) in a European country (as understood by the Council of Europe who has 47 members)
  • Be living in a European country (as understood by the Council of Europe who has 47 members)
  • Intend to participate in the Youth Programmes of the IFCO2014 European Conference. Please note, this option is not valid if you want to participate in the adult programme.
  • That this rate alleviates financial pressure on you or a guardian when financial cost is a barrier

Individual Applications Process

  1. Please fill in this application form.
  2. If you have already registered, please give as much information as possible so we can connect your registration and adjust the invoice of your accommodation if you meet all the criteria.
  3. If you have not already registered, please give as much information as possible as to when you expect to register. We will keep your application on hold until after you have registered for the conference. Your eligibility is not affected by when you register (the exception being if all the assigned IFCO Pat Whelan accommodation are filled).
  4. You will be issued a reference code that will link your registration and IFCO Pat Whelan Fund application. Please use this in all correspondence.

Organisational / Group Application Process

Organisation must be a member of IFCO. If it is an informal youth group, then please say so and give details of the group – we may waive this requirement for informal youth groups.

  1. Please fill in this application form.
  2. You will be issued a reference code that will link your group registration and IFCO Pat Whelan Fund application. Please use this in all correspondence. Pat Whelan Youth Fund Award has been found in 2007 in memory of IFCO member and former volunteer Administration Secretary Pat Whelan from Ireland. The aim of the fund is to support a young person (or group of youth) to attend IFCO conferences, seminars, events that would otherwise not be able to do so.

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Pat Whelan Youth Fund Award has been found in 2007 in memory of IFCO member and former volunteer Administration Secretary Pat Whelan from Ireland. The aim of the fund is to support a young person (or group of youth) to attend IFCO conferences, seminars, events that would otherwise not be able to do so.