Welcome to the Norfolk Clubhouse website. Norfolk Clubhouse is a new start-up charitable social enterprise operating in the Norfolk area, and is the only such enterprise currently in East Anglia.
The charity Norfolk Clubhouse was founded and registered in June 2019 by June Webb in order to provide a sustainable place for those 18 years and over, and living with mental health difficulties, in which to actively participate in their life journey. Here, they would regain a sense of wellbeing and develop purposeful lives in the wider community.
The model for the Clubhouse is based on the International Clubhouse model and our vision is to provide this model as a framework for Norfolk to open up community hubs which provide a Countywide membership opportunity. This vision was supported by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in 2018/19 on their Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018-2019. Thanks to their support of a small grant and programme of learning, the Clubhouse is now looking for additional funding to move forward into 2020.
Please bear in mind that Norfolk Clubhouse is currently a fledgling enterprise and as such will be working from the ground up. Therefore the level of activities and services offered to members will necessarily be limited at first, but will grow and develop as the level of grant and donation income increases. For more information please click/tap the relevant option icon below:
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 also need the staff and other members in order to complete the work, but even more importantly, the relationships that evolve through this work together are the key ingredient in Clubhouse reablement. The Clubhouse members and staff as a community are charged with prioritising, organising and accomplishing the tasks that are important to make the Clubhouse a success.
Relationships between members and staff develop naturally as they work together side by side carrying out the daily duties of the Clubhouse. All of the staff have generalist roles in the Clubhouse and are involved in all of the Clubhouse activities. Working closely together each day, members and staff learn of each others’ strengths, talents and abilities.
The role of the staff in a Clubhouse is to engage with members as colleagues in important work, and to be encouraging and engaging with people who might not yet believe in themselves.
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, CPN, psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or occupational therapist. 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.
The Clubhouse is designed to be a place where a person living with mental ill-health is not treated as a patient and is not defined by a disability label, but is seen as a valued participant, a colleague and as someone who has something to contribute to the rest of the group. Each person is a valued part of a community engaged in important work and contributes to the health and wellbeing of the entire community. Clubhouse membership is for life.
The skills, talents, and creative ideas and efforts of each member are needed and encouraged each day. Participation is voluntary, but each member is always invited to participate in work which may include clerical duties, reception, food service, transportation management, outreach, maintenance, research, managing the employment and education programs, wellbeing activities, financial services and other areas.