Student Experience at Clontarf Youth Cafe
We are Senior Freshman Occupational Therapy Students, and as part of our course, we are given the opportunity to volunteer for two hours a week for six months. We chose the Irish Wheelchair Association to carry out our volunteer work, as we felt it was a great organisation and both wanted a chance to work with young people.
We attended the youth club in Clontarf every Thursday evening, for the duration of our college year. At first we were nervous of how everyone would react to us being there, and whether they’d like us, especially because we’re the same age as many of them.
However, we didn’t have to worry about this for long as we were immediately welcomed into the group. We got to meet some lovely people and had great fun at every club night. We played sports, did arts and crafts, baking and had quizzes, and we even got to go bowling one night. They also held discos every month or two, and have Halloween and Christmas parties. As well as taking part in the group each week, we had the opportunity to fundraise for the IWA, selling angel badges in the City Centre. This was another great experience for us both.
All in all the Youth Club is very well run and we enjoyed every minute of our experience there. Dave gave us wonderful opportunities to get involved in all activities and events, even allowing us to run a couple of our own nights with the gang. It was a truly great, enjoyable experience which enabled us to meet an amazing group of people.
Shauna and Roisin