Join Our Committee

Mainstay is seeking to appoint Committee members who are committed to our mission and values, who can add value to the great work we already deliver, who can support us in growing our services and our offer to clients and who can supplement the existing Committees. People who can provide oversight of the delivery of Mainstay’s strategic plans and provide exemplary leadership in governance, business planning and Community development.

Main Committee

The Committee currently meets face to face at our central office in Downpatrick once per month, this is expected to change to bi-monthly in 2023/24. The Mainstay Committee is seeking up to four members with expertise in Governance, Human Resources, Business Development, Legal and/or Financial, Marketing and Communications.

Governance and Audit

The Governance and Audit committee is seeking members with expertise in professions aligned to compliance such as Law, Accountancy, Health and Safety or similar. They will meet face to face at our central office in Downpatrick or online once per month, this is expected to change to bi-monthly in 2023/24.

What we can offer you

These non-remunerated roles represent an opportunity to influence at the highest level and make a significant social impact. However, you will receive a committee induction, free training and events where you will get to spend time with our fantastic clients.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity, please contact our CEO Paula Quigley or on 02844 617184 for a confidential discussion and to arrange to meet with the Chair and some of the Committee members.

Applications are by CV and brief supporting statement and should be received by 31st of January 2023.


Mainstay DRP continuously fundraises in order to maintain the high quality of care and support we offer to people with autism or a learning disability, their families and carers. Fundraising within the community is carried out in various ways such as sporting and music events, bag packing at local supermarkets or flag days.
The charity is always looking for new volunteers to help make a real difference. Through volunteering, you can learn new skills while having fun meeting new people and making friends.

To enquire about volunteering opportunities, get in touch via the Contact page on our website or give us a call on 028 44 617184.

Leaving a Legacy

Leave a legacy after you die by including Mainstay DRP in your will and helping the charity to support adults with a learning disability in the Co Down area.

If you decide to remember the ongoing work of Mainstay DRP in your will, or name the charity as one of the beneficiaries of a trust you create, your gift would be received with extreme gratitude.

Your gift, whatever the size, can make a real difference to the lives of those with a learning disability.

Gifts In Memory

Making a donation in memory of a loved one is a positive way of commemorating a life, while helping us support adults with a learning disability in the our local area. Many friends and family have told Mainstay DRP of how setting up a fund dedicated to the memory of their loved one allowed them to positively focus of helping others during their time of grief.

‘In Memory’ Envelopes are an easy way to organise a special funeral collection to present to the charity. Each envelope contains information on Mainstay DRP, an option to donate by card or cheque and the opportunity to Gift Aid your donation. Family and friends can also include a message in memory of the deceased which the charity will deliver to the family.

To order envelopes, you can send us a message through the Contact Us part of the website, or give us a call on 028 4461 7184.

Regular Monetary Donations

Your regular donation, taken by Standing Order, means we can continue to provide the services and support for people with a learning disability that they deserve. Contact us via the website and request a Standing Order form.