1. What are the members like?
North Staffs IVC members are all types of people, from all backgrounds and careers, and with all interests. They are discerning individuals who want more out of life than the everyday humdrum.
2. How old are the members?
They are 50+, with the greatest concentration being in their 50s, and 60s. We don’t have an age limit. With a good-sized turnout at each activity, gravitating towards others of similar age range is easy.
3. Is it just for singles?
Most members are single. We also have a number of couples in the club, some of whom are married. Everyone is welcome.
4. Can I join alone?
Yes! Almost all of our members have joined on their own, and without knowing anyone else in the club. A specific person is present at each Club Night just to meet and greet new prospective members,and to explain how the club is run. There’s a real sense of community that comes from belonging to North Staffs IVC. Friendships naturally occur from the momentum of the club, and through the interactivity of the events. Our activities feel more like a group of “friends of friends” going out together than it does a disconnected crowd of strangers.
5. What if my diary is unpredictable?
Because of the number of activities we offer, we accommodate even the most erratic of work schedules. Moreover, you never need to know what your diary will be like way ahead of time to sign up and participate.
6. How much does it cost?
Prospective Membership for 3 whole months is only £7.50 with no obligation. The Standard subscription rate is £35 per annum. This is reduced to £25 if you host two events during the year, and if your renewal is received by the 31st of January.
7. How do I join?
If you are interested in joining, or just finding out more, please come along to any of our Club Nights. You can find out when and where these are :- Here
Club Nights normally start at about 8:30pm so feel free to come along any time after that. No need to arrange anything in advance – just turn up, and someone will be on hand to welcome you and explain how the club works.
Phone, leave a voice message, or text, if you want to. Our Membership secretary Loraine, will ring you back and answer your queries, and arrange to meet you at one of our club nights. Phone:- 07960 120535.
8. What’s this Trial Period?
Everyone starts with our Prospective Membership, or Passport membership, for a fee of only £7:50, which lasts for three whole months with no obligation. This includes three None-members Bulletins. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy the club and for you to see if the club is what you want.
9. How long do people join for?
The average member stays with us for a few years, some stay for much longer. Many of our current membership have been with the club for over 10 years or more.
10. How many people attend each event?
Certain activities are best with less than 10 people, others are better suited to 20 or more. Most events fall in this range. Club Nights usually attract 20 to 30 members, and it can get quite packed!
11. How do I know if I’d fit in with the group?
Our club boasts a membership of so many types of people that everyone finds members with whom they connect. Whatever your personality type is, whatever your interests are, you’ll find people like you here. And since you sign up for activities that you are interested in, you are certain to find others at those events with the same interests as you.
12. Is it cliquey?
New members join the club all the time. With about 80 members, it’s not ‘cliquey’, but people tend to group together to organise future events.
13. What if I am shy around strangers?
The acceptance from other members that most new people experience when they become a member of North Staffs IVC is enough to bring even those who consider themselves shy right out of their shell! We’ve watched people go from being reserved to being outgoing and really excited about life, simply because they feel included and comfortable from the first day they join.
14. Will I make friends to socialise with outside of the club?
Friendships that start in North Staffs IVC often do take on a life of their own outside the club. Many people who met through us many years ago are still close friends today.
15. How do I become a Full Member?
Once your Prospective Membership is over we will invite you to apply for Full Membership. This is subject to approval by the Clubs Committee; applications are only very rarely declined. Once you are a Full Member you actually own the Club jointly and equally with all the other Full Members.