About Arch D12 Club
We aim to enhance and enrich the lives of people with special needs and their families, by:
1. Providing a social outlet for people with Intellectual Disabilities
2. Developing members' social skills, self-esteem and quality of life through a dynamic range of activities.
3. Providing support, information and respite for parents and families.
4. Influencing public policy towards those with special needs through contact with statutory agencies.
We are a Club for people with an Intellectual Disability and are affiliated to the National Federation of ARCH Clubs. Our main task is befriending and listening to our members, most of whom live in the locality, attend services during the day, and have been in the Club for a long time.
About 40 members attend our Disco & Karaoke on a Thursday evening (7.15-9.30).
About 30 members attend our Sunday Club (2.30-5.30) in a relaxed atmosphere. We also organise external activities on a regular basis, such as Croke Park, Weekends Away.
We are especially looking for volunteers for both Sunday afternoons & Thursday evenings. You will work with a team of 20 adult volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. You will attend a short after-club meeting, and a general bi-monthly meeting (and social event) on a weekend evening. Regular attendance is encouraged.
What's required for this position
The main skill required is Listening. It is our Members' job to run as much of the Club as possible. It is the Club Helpers' role to help and encourage them to do this. It is important that you help create an open and friendly atmosphere.
Teamwork and skills in sharing information are most important. We use a low-arousal philosophy, which we will examine during induction. Previous experience in working with people with an intellectual disability is not required.
- Arts/ Music/ Drama
- Hospitality/ Befriending
- Personable Skills
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: 6 months
Hours required: 3hrs Weekly
Location of volunteering opportunity:
WALK, Long Mile Road, Dublin 12
Also available in these counties
Dublin - South Dublin County, Dublin - City, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - Fingal
Screening details for this role:
- Garda Vetting
- Informal Interviews
- Identification Check (photo ID etc…)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:
- Support/ advice/ recognition
- Initial induction and training
- Insurance cover
Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role
- Physical Disability
- Sensory Disability
Benefits you will receive as a volunteer
They will enjoy themselves in the company of people with an intellectual disability. Very valuable experience and opportunity to socialise, and meet new people in the community.
We operate from WALK premises on Long Mile Rd, at Crumlin Hospital end. We are next door to Halfway House Pub, and across the road from Long Mile Inn. Buses 18, 27, 56A, 77A, 123, 151 stop nearby. Buses 122 & 150 & Luas Red Line Kylemore) short walk.