Get Involved

Who can join?

Young people with special needs who have reached the age of 13 can apply for membership with a parent or guardian.  The Club operates a waiting list and new members will only be admitted when there is an adequate ratio of volunteers to members.

You can apply to join the Club by requesting an application form from the Secretary.  All information will be held by the Secretary and inputted on to the Club’s database.   All members are expected to abide by the Club Code of Conduct and parents/guardians will be expected to assist with running the Club.  This may involve participating at Committee level and undertaking Garda Vetting and relevant training.

Young members or their parents/guardians will be asked to give some information about themselves so that the Committee can seek to accommodate any special requirements.

The information we record is used for the following purposes:

–  To have a database of contact details for the member and their parent/guardian

–  To consider if Club can meet the needs of applicant

–  To analyse information about members for our funders (age/ gender etc)

–  To assist the Club to design and deliver the type of activity to suit members

Who will see the information you supply:

–   The information will be held by the Secretary of the day and will be available to the Committee

–  You may review your personal information details at any reasonable time upon request.  The information held will always be the information you supply and will only be changed or updated with your consent

–  Personal information details will be destroyed when membership has lapsed

Who can become a volunteer

The availability of an adequate number of volunteers is absolutely critical to the operation of our Club. We are very fortunate in having some excellent volunteers who do unstinting work in supporting our members as they undertake various activities. Our volunteers are always enthusiastic and we know from their feedback that they find their involvement very rewarding. Our Club seeks to have a minimum ratio of one volunteer to six members so we are always looking for additional volunteers.

The Club welcomes volunteers from any member of the community who has an interest in working with young people with an intellectual disability. Volunteers may be students who have an interest in Social Work, Youth/Sports Clubs, Social or Psychological studies or simply people who want to help out and become mentors to our members.

Prospective volunteers should submit an application form/letter to the Club and they will be interviewed by our Volunteer Coordinator. Garda Vetting and reference checks are a requirement and some training in Children First/ Safeguarding is recommended. Any information provided will be held in strictest confidence and will not be released to a third party without your consent. All information is protected under Data Protection Legislation and in line with our Privacy Statement.

We recommend you read our Club Constitution and Child Protection/Vulnerable Adult Policy on our website.