2016 was a great year for the Dundrum ARCH Club !

by Anne

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2016 was a great year for the Dundrum ARCH Club, as the Club celebrated its ruby anniversary. Founded by seven parents, the club first opened its doors in October 1976. At the time the Arch Club was unique in catering for the social needs of people with intellectual disabilities in the community.
From its humble beginning in 1976 the club has grown from about 30 members to over 100; As well as regular events such as concerts, movies and an annual trip, the group regularly attend weekly get-togethers in Ballinteer Community School, a premises generously lent free of charge by the school.
On Wednesday evenings, there is a great sense of fun, friendship and activity. The club has a team of over 100 loyal volunteers, who bring members to and from their homes. All volunteers bring a commitment and a passion for the club.
As they celebrated their 40th anniversary the club could reflect on the lifelong friendships and memories that have come about through people’s involvement and be proud of the real difference they have made in people’s lives.
On September 17th last club members and volunteers arrived at the Royal Marine hotel in Dun Laoghaire to celebrate the proud past and look to a bright future. I was privileged to be a guest of honour as Mayor of Dundrum (a community honour from the Dundrum Arts and Culture Festival). At the Club’s colourful Halloween celebrations I also 0had the honour to present prizes for the most creative costumes – selecting those was a hard job for the judges. 2017 promises to be an even better year for the Club, with new activities added to the programme. Have a great year, Dundrum Arch Club!

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