Arch your back and lend a hand to special needs children

The Kilkenny Arch Club is a social and friendship club for children with varying special needs aged from 6 to 13 years. It was set up in 2011 by parents of children and the Carers’ Association having found that because of the challenges experienced by their children they were finding it difficult to successfully participate in mainstream after school clubs.

The Kilkenny Arch Club is a social and friendship club for children with varying special needs aged from 6 to 13 years. It was set up in 2011 by parents of children and the Carers’ Association having found that because of the challenges experienced by their children they were finding it difficult to successfully participate in mainstream after school clubs.

The Kilkenny Arch Clubs aim is to provide social opportunities for children with varying special needs with their peers as well as in the wider community through a variety of fun activities. The clubs aim is to provide a secure social environment for children with special needs, their siblings and friends and above all to have fun. It helps to develop member’s social skills, self-esteem and quality of life through a dynamic range of activities. Perhaps best of all, children with special needs can be around peers in similar situations. Nobody feels like an outsider.

This September the Kilkenny Arch Club celebrates its First Birthday which would not have been possible without the generosity of the Father McGrath Centre in using their premises and our wonderful volunteers who are willing to give up some time to make a difference in their communities. In order to give each child the attention he or she requires in having a safe, enjoyable, and positive experience, The Arch Club must have sufficient volunteers. To maintain our adult-to-child low ratio and operate on a Rota basis we are looking for new volunteers to add to our existing team. All that is required is a desire to help children have fun and learn alongside their peers. The club runs every second Saturday during the school year from 11 to 1pm.

Anyone can become a volunteer, all that is required is a desire to help children with special needs have fun, learn new things alongside their peers and feel good about themselves. Though this social club only lasts 2 hours twice a month the memories created will last a lifetime.

You do not need to have any formal training as an induction information session will be given and you will have at all times a parental supervisory figure to call upon should you need help or support. As always when it comes to dealing with children you will need to complete a volunteer application form and Garda vetting form which we will process on your behalf. Once completed ,one will then be able to join our team of valued volunteers.

Anyone interested can contact 087 9040208 or email admin@kilkennyarchclub.ie, or for further information see www.kilkennyarchclub.com.