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You’ll find below an overview of the Clubhouse model, which is adopted by all the Clubhouses. Aspects include: membership, work placements, and the worldwide nature of the Clubhouse movement.

WHAT IS A CLUBHOUSE?

A Clubhouse is a community that aims to support people whose lives have been severely disrupted because of mental difficulties. It’s built upon the belief that every such person has the potential to sufficiently recover from the effects of that illness and lead a personally satisfying life. During the course of their participation in a Clubhouse, these members gain access to opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, employment and education, and to the services and support they may individually need to continue their recovery. Participants receive help from staff who are employees paid by the Clubhouse.

MEMBERSHIP

A Clubhouse is a membership organisation, and the people who come and participate in a Clubhouse are its members. Membership in a Clubhouse is open to anyone who has a history of mental illness and has been referred by a GP or other health or social care professional, or support worker. If the prospective member does not yet have access to such a reference, they may self-refer by filling in the Contact Form and choosing the option Member Query. This idea of membership is fundamental to the Clubhouse concept, and implies that the person has both shared ownership and shared responsibility for the success of the Clubhouse.
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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-confidence. Clubhouse staff workers maintain contact with member and partner throughout the work placement.
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MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS

A Clubhouse is a community that aims to support people whose lives have been severely disrupted because of mental difficulties. It’s built upon the belief that every such person has the potential to sufficiently recover from the effects of that illness and lead a personally satisfying life. During the course of their participation in a Clubhouse, these members gain access to opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, employment and education, and to the services and support they may individually need to continue their recovery. Participants receive help from staff who are employees paid by the Clubhouse.
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CLUBHOUSE MODEL

There are over 320 Clubhouses in more than 34 countries around the world adhering to the Clubhouse Model. The oldest and founding Clubhouse is Fountain House in the US; established in 1948 it is still going strong. Clubhouse International in the US was established in 1994 to serve as a global hub and resource for the international Clubhouse community. It also sets the standards required to work towards accreditation. There are several Clubhouses here in the UK, most notably Mosaic Clubhouse in Brixton, London and Flourish House Clubhouse in Glasgow. Flourish House was established in 1997 and is the only Clubhouse in Scotland. Mosaic was established in 1994 and is the accredited UK centre for Clubhouse training.
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EXPLORING THE CLUBHOUSE MODEL

Click/Tap the button below to see the journey a member can typically take through the Clubhouse process.
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