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A Clubhouse for Norfolk

A NEW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Connecting Aspiration
with Opportunity

Introducing the Enterprise

This web page is part of the exploratory stage of an intention to set up a new social enterprise, which will be the first Clubhouse in Norfolk. The purpose of the communication is to gauge what level of interest there may be in such an enterprise.
      You can see what we do with your personal data and the cookies that are used on this site by viewing the Privacy Policy.
      Content, photo images and videos are by courtesy of Mosaic Clubhouse, Brixton, London.

Introducing the Enterprise

This web page is part of the exploratory stage of an intention to set up a new social enterprise, which will be the first Clubhouse in Norfolk. The purpose of the communication is to gauge what level of interest there may be in such an enterprise.
      You can see what we do with your personal data and the cookies that are used on this site by viewing the Privacy Policy. Content, photo images and videos are by courtesy of Mosaic Clubhouse, Brixton, London.

What is Clubhouse?

Clubhouse is part of a worldwide network of enterprises that exist to provide support and opportunities to people living with mental health conditions. Its purpose is to promote positive mental health for people aged 16 or over who live with severe, and often enduring, mental health problems. It aims to enable people to regain the confidence and skills necessary to lead productive and satisfying lives.
      In addition, the Clubhouse offers its members and visitors a wide range of volunteering opportunities, access to education & employment, crisis support, information and signposting to other local organisations.

What is Clubhouse?

Clubhouse is part of a worldwide network of enterprises that exist to provide support and opportunities to people living with mental health conditions. Its purpose is to promote positive mental health for people aged 16 or over who live with severe, and often enduring, mental health problems. It aims to enable people to regain the confidence and skills necessary to lead productive and satisfying lives.
      In addition, the Clubhouse offers its members and visitors a wide range of volunteering opportunities, access to education & employment, crisis support, information and signposting to other local organisations.

How Does it Work?

The Clubhouse model is based on the idea that when people volunteer with peers in a safe, supportive space, then mental health and wellbeing improves. The first Clubhouse was started in the USA in the 1940s and is still going strong! It is an international venture, there now being more than 300 Clubhouses across some 34 nations. Clubhouses are currently benefitting more than 100,000 people every year. In the UK the Mosaic Clubhouse in Brixton, London has been operational since 1994, and the Flourish House Clubhouse in Glasgow since 1997.

How Does it Work?

The Clubhouse model is based on the idea that when people volunteer with peers in a safe, supportive space, then mental health and wellbeing improves. The first Clubhouse was started in the USA in the 1940s and is still going strong! It is an international venture, there now being more than 300 Clubhouses across some 34 nations. Clubhouses are currently benefitting more than 100,000 people every year. In the UK the Mosaic Clubhouse in Brixton, London has been operational since 1994, and the Flourish House Clubhouse in Glasgow since 1997.

Who is Involved?

Clubhouse’s members are people, aged 16 or over, who have mental ill-health and are referred. They are encouraged to work side-by-side with paid staff to co-deliver Clubhouse activities in order to regain confidence and self-esteem. All Clubhouse’s services are free to members.
      Although Clubhouses employ paid support staff, services are typically understaffed as a means of ensuring that everything is delivered in a partnership between members and staff. Members are the key stakeholders within the organisation and participate in all the day-to-day work, decision-making and governance of the Clubhouse centre.

Who is Involved?

Clubhouse’s members are people, aged 16 or over, who have mental ill-health and are referred. They are encouraged to work side-by-side with paid staff to co-deliver Clubhouse activities in order to regain confidence and self-esteem. All Clubhouse’s services are free to members.
      Although Clubhouses employ paid support staff, services are typically understaffed as a means of ensuring that everything is delivered in a partnership between members and staff. Members are the key stakeholders within the organisation and participate in all the day-to-day work, decision-making and governance of the Clubhouse centre.

Work Placements

A key activity of the Clubhouse is the building up of relationships with local employers, who may become Employment Partners. The Clubhouse creates Transitional Employment Placements by which a member can be given employment or volunteering experience within the Partner’s organisation.
      TEPs run for between 6 to 9 months, by the end of which the TEP opportunity is made available to another member. The member will have gained considerable experience and increase in self-esteem. Clubhouse staff workers maintain contact with member and Partner throughout the placement.

Work Placements

A key activity of the Clubhouse is the building up of relationships with local employers, who may become Employment Partners. The Clubhouse creates Transitional Employment Placements by which a member can be given employment or volunteering experience within the Partner’s organisation.
      TEPs run for between 6 to 9 months, by the end of which the TEP opportunity is made available to another member. The member will have gained considerable experience and increase in self-esteem. Clubhouse staff workers maintain contact with member and Partner throughout the placement.

Some Stories from Members

Key Benefits of Clubhouse

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Financial Sense

Typically, Clubhouses deliver £14 of social return for every £1 invested, reduce spend on hospital and residential placements and reduce strain on other public services.

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Meaningful Membership

The model is designed to ensure that there is genuine co-production, with members running the Clubhouse day-to-day alongside staff.

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Significant Outcomes

The focus on work and recovery means that members will increase in confidence, independence and wellbeing.

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Sustainable Health

With many people managing mental illness for the long term, a lifetime membership model means you can return for support if needed, in a cost-effective and flexible way.

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Route to Employment

The TEP approach helps members find financial stability, productivity, fulfilment of aspiration, and a place in society. Corporate Partners stand to gain enthusiastic and well-trained employees, reduced costs in benefits, recruitment and training.

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World Renown

The international accreditation system ensures that best practice is delivered, whatever the environment or the size of the Clubhouse.

Key Benefits of Clubhouse

Small blue image of electronic calculator

Financial Sense

Typically, Clubhouses deliver £14 of social return for every £1 invested, reduce spend on hospital and residential placements and reduce strain on other public services.

Small blue image of 3 persons together

Meaningful Membership

The model is designed to ensure that there is genuine co-production, with members running the Clubhouse day-to-day alongside staff.

Small blue image of 1st, 2nd, 3rd position podiums

Significant Outcomes

The focus on work and recovery means that members will increase in confidence, independence and wellbeing.

Small blue image of stethoscope

Sustainable Health

With many people managing mental illness for the long term, a lifetime membership model means you can return for support if needed, in a cost-effective and flexible way.

Small blue image of factory

Route to Employment

The TEP approach helps members find financial stability, productivity, fulfilment of aspiration, and a place in society. Corporate Partners stand to gain enthusiastic and well-trained employees, reduced costs in benefits, recruitment and training.

Small blue image of trophy

World Renown

The international accreditation system ensures that best practice is delivered, whatever the environment or the size of the Clubhouse.

What People Say About Clubhouse

❝I now have goals and a positive outlook for the future, real support and encouragement, people that can relate to and understand me and what I'm going through, all because of the Clubhouse and the service it provides.❞
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MEMBER
Mosaic Clubhouse, Brixton
❝I was really bored before starting this job and I never used to wake up on time in the mornings. I feel good about myself and it is a privilege to wake up every morning having to wake up for a reason.❞
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MEMBER
Mosaic Clubhouse, Brixton
❝Watching the person grow in confidence as the weeks pass, develop interaction with other staff and a sense of involvement with the team is really satisfying. Having the support of The Clubhouse to cover any absence and manage the placement is reassuring. TEPs involve good work and participants realise that they are capable people.❞
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BUSINESS PARTNER
❝Working here has rebuilt my self-confidence and although it's completely different from my previous jobs, I found it challenging, motivating and very rewarding. Everyone feels nervous at first but over time your confidence is increased and you'll find it very beneficial.❞
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MEMBER on TEP
Mosaic Clubhouse, Brixton

Here's Your Opportunity!

I am at present establishing a start-up group of people – this could include:

  • Someone living with mental illness
  • Family members of someone living with mental illness
  • A mental health professional
  • A local politician
  • A community leader
  • A business person
  • Anyone who can help access funding for the Clubhouse
  • An existing organisation interested in becoming a Clubhouse.

If this describes you, and you are interested in having some involvement in the formation, development or running of a Clubhouse in Norfolk, please complete the form below. You will be informed by email of further developments. Thank you for your time.

June Webb

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