The first Ozanam Club was started in May 1989 by James Lynch, a member of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul who himself had two children with learning difficulties and who was concerned at the general lack of leisure provision for them. Each Ozanam Club is a Special Works Conference of the SSVP. The name of the clubs are called after Blessed Frederick Ozanam who was the founder of the S.S.V.P. At this present time we have two clubs in Viewpark, an adults club and a separate club for younger members. We have an adults club in Hamilton and Paisley and also a club in Carfin for younger members.
The Ozanam Clubs are a social evening for adults and children with learning difficulties, providing a fun night out where people can socialise and participate in activities which include a weekly disco, bingo, football,
computer games, and arts and crafts. The clubs also have party nights throughout the year. We also go on summer outings to the sea-side and fun parks. Viewpark go to a pantomime at Christmas, and a trip to the ten-pin bowling with their younger members.
Membership is open to anyone who has disabilities, regardless of their race or religious belief. The aim of the clubs is a fun night out for our members and some temporary respite for parents. All of the clubs are run solely by volunteers who are disclosure checked prior to working with vulnerable adults/children. They are also made aware of the Adults/Children Protection Procedures and encouraged to attend an information session.
Part of the service we offer to young Volunteers is the nationally recognised certificate. Our certificates are recognised by many as a great enhancement to a young persons CV.