Norfolk Clubhouse is a relatively new charitable social enterprise operating in the Norfolk area, founded in 2019 by psychotherapist and former Social Worker, June Webb. A Clubhouse is a community that aims to support people whose lives have been severely disrupted because of mental difficulties.
We Help With
Norfolk Clubhouse has a focus on helping those who are 18 and over, who have experienced and/or are experiencing mental health issues. To discover friendships, re-join the worlds of work and education, and gain access to services that will help them in their journey to lead a fulfilling life.
By helping people to recover from issues like anxiety, depression and grief, the Clubhouse aims to increase members’ confidence and independence – as well as their financial stability and overall wellbeing.
Membership in the Clubhouse is free, and is open to anyone who has a history of mental illness. People may either self-refer, or been referred by a GP or other health or social care professional, or by their support worker.
What We Do
A key activity of the Norfolk Clubhouse is helping members through ‘Transitional Employment Placements’. Through which they are given employment or volunteering experience within nearby organisations who have partnered with the Clubhouse. TEPs typically run for between 6 to 9 months, at the end of which the opportunity is offered to another member. This is designed to help people enter or re-enter the world of work with confidence and valuable experience, after periods of ill-health.
Norfolk Clubhouse also hosts weekly in-person meetups in Norwich and Watton. These act as a community-building offering that spans simple social events and practical skills development. Clubhouse members may take the opportunity to learn computer and office skills, or may participate in gardening, arts and crafts, writing or fitness activities.
The Clubhouse is designed to be a place where a person living with mental ill-health is not treated as a patient. They are 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.
Why We Want To Help
The inspiration for the Clubhouse was taken from an existing International Clubhouse charitable model. Where those living with mental health difficulties actively participate in their life journey. They are supported to regain a sense of wellbeing and develop purposeful lives. There are several Clubhouses here in the UK, most notably Mosaic Clubhouse in London and Flourish House Clubhouse in Glasgow.
Often, those navigating mental health support services in the UK can find themselves feeling isolated, alone, or simply passive participants in their own journey. Provisions for regaining a social life, or for re-entering the workplace, can be minimal at best, or non-existent at worst. The Norfolk Clubhouse hopes to change that. By creating spaces where people can feel a sense of community and take ownership of their own personal development.
Right now the Norfolk Clubhouse is working towards setting up a permanent community hub. This is in partnership with employment opportunity providers such as Re-Do Norfolk. Here people can come to access mental health support, social events, training and other services all under one roof.
Currently, fundraising is mainly carried out by founder June. This may be applying for grants that the charity qualifies for. As well as arranging ad-hoc fundraising events such as craft fayres in the Norwich area.
I, Tabby Farrar, am the Clubhouse’s newest member of the board of trustees. Among other things I’m here to assist in introducing the charity to new potential donors and partners. I am also raising awareness of the myriad ways in which members and their friends and families can set about DIY fundraising. This supports the Norfolk Clubhouse in providing support and services to even more people.
All funds raised are put back into this charitable social enterprise. Helping to pay for everything from community room hire, sessional workers, equipment and the materials needed for wellbeing activities. Activities such as crafts, gardening and cookery.
Get In Touch
- Website: https://norfolk-clubhouse.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/norfolkclubhouse/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/norfolkclubhouse/
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