Social clubs serve as an opportunity for our adults with Down syndrome to take a leadership role in planning and implementing their own social activities. These clubs were created to empower adults and increase independence.
There are numerous social clubs throughout our twelve-county radius. Each club consists of 4 - 8 adults with Down syndrome and 2 peer partners*. Social clubs meet regularly once a month, and the goal is to create a consistent schedule (ex: 1st Friday of the month at 7 pm). Typically, each member of the social club plans one monthly outing per year to give each member and peer partner an opportunity to host. Activities can include sporting events, bowling, dinners, art classes, grill outs, etc. Activities take place in one location to avoid "in between" transportation. Social club members pay for their own participation in an activity.
Each social club operates independently by developing their own schedule and communication methods. For example, one social club might communicate by Facebook and meet on the 2nd Friday of the month from 6 – 8 PM. While another, might do all communication by phone and meet on the 1st Friday of the month from 7 – 9 PM.
Each March and November, ALL social clubs meet together for their monthly activity. In March, the clubs receive social etiquette and communication training. They also plan for the coming year. In November, the clubs gather to HAVE FUN as one big group!
We encourage adults with Down syndrome to continue their social activities and relationships in the community as much as possible. Social clubs are meant to enhance social lives, not be the only form of social activity.
* Peer Partners are volunteers provided by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati to support the club activities. These volunteers are trained, background checked and committed to one activity per month. Please note, peer partners meet on-site and do not provide transportation to social club members. Members are responsible for their own transportation to and from social club activities.
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