Orchardville Society Ltd (Orchardville), a Northern Ireland based charity and social enterprise has been supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism for almost 40 years. We have a strong track record in successfully delivering employability and  community inclusion projects and we have provided some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in society with the opportunity to train, develop skills and to become more independent and more employable. We currently support almost 600 people with learning disability and/or autism annually  in 6 district council areas. 

Orchardville also operates several social enterprises, 3 of which are coffee shops, operating as commercial businesses, competing with other coffee shops while also adding value and delivering social change by providing on-site training and mentoring to people with learning disability and/or autism to improve their employability skills and secure paid employment. We are proud and honoured to have won the 2019 UK Social Enterprise Award for Employment, Training and Jobs.

Kathy Martin Chair

Joan McGinn Chief Executive

Why Orchardville is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“Orchardville acted as a host Board for the first time in 2020 and found it to be a very positive experience. We believe we have offered our apprentice a practical hands on experience of being a Board member and our apprentice has  brought a new and different perspective and insight.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Board meeting take place at 16.30, usually for 1hr 30 mins, and are currently done via Zoom although when safe to do so, will revert to face to face meetings which will generally be held at our head office, 144-152 Ravenhill Road, Belfast.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings take place in May, Aug and Nov 2021 and Feb & March 22. Board meetings take place at 16.30 hours.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

1st June

24th August

2nd November (also AGM)

1st February (2022)

22nd March

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2020 – August 2021)