Empower Ireland was established by Maurice Fenton in 2009 to support and advocate for and with young people preparing to leave care and those that had moved into aftercare. Maurice has worked in residential care since 1991 having started his career as a volunteer in a children’s home. He has worked in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors and has worked at all levels, from trainee to director, in social care, predominately within the residential child care and aftercare sector.
Empower Ireland operates on a not-for-profit basis and only collaborates with businesses or organisations that operate within a conscious business model whereby reasonable profit may be achieved but not at the expense of people. Maurice holds qualifications in social care and youth and community studies to masters level and is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy at Queens University, Belfast. Maurice is also a certified TCI and DLE trainer and has extensive experience in developing and delivering mentoring training and services.