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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.

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 who either refer themselves or 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.

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