WHAT WE PROVIDE
What is a Clubhouse?
A Clubhouse is first and foremost a local community center that offers individuals with mental illness hope and opportunities to achieve their full potential. Much more than simply a program or social service, a Clubhouse is most importantly a community of people who are working together to achieve a common goal.
A Clubhouse is a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse, people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, education, and to access the services and supports they may individually need. A Clubhouse is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted, and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all.
A Clubhouse is a membership organization, 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. This idea of membership is fundamental to the Clubhouse concept: being a member of an organization means that an individual has both shared ownership and shared responsibility for the success of that organization. To be a member of an organization means to belong, to fit in somewhere, and to have a place where one is always welcome. In a Clubhouse, each member is given the message that he or she is welcome, wanted, needed and expected each day. The message that each member's involvement is an important contribution to the community is a message that is communicated throughout the Clubhouse day.
Clubhouses are built upon the belief that every member has the potential to sufficiently recover from the effects of mental illness to lead a personally satisfying life as an integrated member of society. Clubhouses are communities of people who are dedicated to one another's success, no matter how long it takes or how difficult it is. Clubhouses are organized around a belief that work, and work-mediated relationships, are restorative and provide a firm foundation for growth and important individual achievement (Beard, Propst, Malamud, 1982), and the belief that normalized social and recreational opportunities are an important part of a person's path to recovery.
Relationships between members and staff develop naturally as they work together side by side to carry out the daily duties of the Clubhouse. All of the staff have generalist roles in the Clubhouse; they are involved in all of the Clubhouse activities including the daily work duties, the evening social and recreational programs, the employment programs, outreach, supported education and community support responsibilities. Members and staff share the responsibility for the successful operation of the Clubhouse. Working closely together each day members and staff learn of each others' strengths, talents and abilities. They also develop real and lasting friendships. Because the design of a Clubhouse is much like a typical work or business environment, relationships develop in much the same way.
The Education Program at Clubhouse Gibraltar strives to assist members in meeting their individual educational goals. We currently provide support to members undertaking courses at Gibraltar College and encourage our members to apply for courses and gain meaningful education as part of their personal career development if they wish to do so, also offering in-house support and educational activities and training.
Clubhouse supports its members in a wide variety of housing issues. This involves their living conditions, assistance in following up enquiries and liaison with the Housing Department.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Clubhouse Gibraltar has health and wellness policy which includes healthy eating and exercise and related activities .
Clubhouse Gibraltar offer several free activities outside of the work-ordered day to promote health, wellness and personal development:
- Yoga - Mondays
- Arts and Crafts - Tuesday
- Employment Meeting - Wednesdays
- Power Walking and Outdoor Gym - Thursdays
- Baking Group - Friday
The Clubhouse also organises social events for its members. Every Saturday, we are in the Gladys Perez Centre between 6.30pm and 12.30am for a ‘bring and share’ social evening. Additionally, we organise social events in and out of Gibraltar at least once a month.
YOUNG ADULTS PROGRAM
Clubhouse Gibraltar have developed a Young Adults Program to meet the needs of our younger members. The group is growing steadily and organises many social trips and age-specific support in both employment & education.
WORK ORDERED DAY
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The daily activity of a Clubhouse is organized around a structured system known as the work-ordered day. The work-ordered day parallels the typical business hours of the working community where the Clubhouse is located. Members and staff work side by side, as colleagues, to perform the work that is important to their community.
Work Units – Where Members and Staff Partnerships Grow
A key part of Clubhouse Gibraltar is Member / Staff Partnerships. Members and staff work together in all aspects of the clubhouse. The work-ordered day at Clubhouse Gibraltar is split into two work units that members can choose to become involved in.
Business & Administration
Reception duties, Orientation, Reach Out, Database input, Accounts and Social Media.
Hospitality, Employment & Education
Kitchen, Cafeteria, Menu Planning & Shopping, Domestic Tasks, Employment and Education opportunities.
Meetings open to all Members and staff
Policy Meetings, Program Meetings, Young Adult Meetings, Transitional Employment Meetings, Social Event Meetings Health and Wellness and more.
Developing a full array of various employment and education opportunities in the community, data entry.
Cafe and Maintenance
Cashier, counter work, ordering and shopping for supplies, general maintenance, promoting wellness activities.
Training and Development
Coordinating international training, fundraising, marketing, social media/website, community awareness, processesing donations, grant writing.
Meetings open to all Members and Staff Policy Meeting, Program Meeting, Wellness Committee, Young Adult Outreach, Job Seekers Workshop, Seeking Housing Meeting, Grants Meeting, and more.
Tours, orientation, outreach to hospitals, community visits, clerical and computer work
Business and Research
Statistics, main switchboard, typing, clerical duties, newsletter publication, and fiscal responsibilities
Preparing and serving meals, shopping, ordering food and supplies, kitchen clean up and equipment maintenance.