Welcome to The Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism
The Rainbow Club is run entirely by volunteers. The club is a non-government funded service so the club relies solely on fundraising and donations to function. There are over 60 volunteers who give their time freely to help run the club. All our volunteers are Garda vetted and some have children who are on the spectrum.
Volunteers are certified in;
- First Aid
- Buntús Programme for sports
- Volunteers with Certificates in Autism Studies from UCC
We also use the services of qualified, trained professionals in the following areas,
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech & Language Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Art Therapy
At the Rainbow Club, we help the children develop their social skills using a wide range of activities such as
- Music groups
- Social groups
- Art therapy
- Speech & Drama - in association with Konfident Kidz
- Sports Clubs - Supported by Cork Sports Partnership
- Teen boy & girl social groups
- Arts & crafts
- Baking - with the ACE team at ENACTUS CIT
- Parent support
- Sibling support
Why We Started...
The Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism opened its doors in June 2015. The clubs' aim is to help and support Children, Teens, Young Adults and their families living with autism
The club was founded by Karen and Jon O'Mahony, whose sons Sean and Stephen have autism.
Karen and Jon, along with many families in Cork, struggled with the lack of resources in Ireland for children with autism, particularly early intervention, and felt the need to take matters into their own hands.
When we started in June 2015, 26 children attended the Rainbow Club on a weekly basis. By January 2016, 125 children were attending every week. By January 2017 the Rainbow Club had 237 children on a weekly basis and we are now running at full capacity with over 408 children using our services.
Now we have a waiting list of over 313 families waiting to join the Rainbow Club. To facilitate these numbers, the Rainbow Club requires a bigger premises. Everyone is pitching in and there are fundraising events nearly every weekend of the year to generate funds for our much-needed New Home. This year we also received our charity number 20156091
charity number 20156091