Clubhouse Gibraltar Mental Health Support
Clubhouse Gibraltar was first registered on 30th June 2011 and it is charity number is 213. On 29th January 2015 it was also registered under the Companies Ordinance and its status is also that of an incorporated Company Limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The change is reflected in the Charities Register accordingly but the charity will still continue as Clubhouse Gibraltar and as charity No 213.
It is a not for profit organization that is providing support in the Community for those who have been affected by mental illness and mental health problems. It is self financing and relies on grants, donations and fund raising to provide face to face contact during a 45 hour weekly support with 5 qualified mental health professional free of charge. It is a psychosocial model which helps individuals develop to their full potential. The Clubhouse philosophy is that everyone can recover sufficiently from serious mental illness to lead satisfying lives.
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.
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.