Criteria and Application Process

Applications to join Maldon Pioneers are welcome from adults (over 18) with a mild to moderate learning disability who do not require one to one support. Applicants should live in the Maldon District Council area, be able to travel to an agreed pick up point for certain activities and use the minibus without physical support.

Members are expected to pay a contribution towards transport, refreshments and entrance fees for activities. The application may come from the prospective member or somebody else on their behalf.

Once we have received an application, we will discuss the suitability of the applicant and if they meet our criteria, a committee member and experienced volunteer will arrange a meeting with the prospective member and parent or carer.

The Maldon Pioneers Association take their duty of care to Pioneers and volunteers very seriously and for that reason certain relevant information and personal details must be taken during the application. These details include date of birth, disabilities, mental health and general medical details, parent and or carer contact details. We will also seek permission to use images of the prospective member on our website, social media, press releases and publicity material and to share data (within the organisation only) in line with GDPR.

New members have a six-month probationary period to ensure they fit in harmoniously with the current membership. After twelve months regular attendance at MPA activities showing satisfactory behaviour, members are eligible to apply to attend the annual holiday.

Please note our volunteers are not trained carers or support workers, their role is to encourage participation and social interaction in a safe and non-threatening environment.

If you would like to discuss membership criteria or request an application form,

please contact us.