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Frequently Asked Questions


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 ‘hum drum’.


2. How old are the members?

They are 40s and over, with the greatest concentration being in their 50s. 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 members. 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. Location

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 about the club. Phone or email ahead if you want to. Phone:- 07896 868 135.

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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. 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 30 to 40 members and 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 well over 120 members, there’s no ‘in crowd’ and it’s not ‘cliquey’.


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.


16. What are these Activity Exchange AccessCodes?

North Staffs IVC uses Activity Exchange to list Events and show Photo Albums and for some other uses. To get member access to Activity Exchange three main kinds of AccessCode are used. more…

AccessCodes are changed monthly and appear in the Bulletin as well as being emailed out to members who want that. You can also logon with your email address and your own password.



Please email or call/txt us if you have additional questions and we will be happy to answer them.


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