We’re a not-for-profit organisation which is actively looking to expand its mental health support – at a time when the UK faces unprecedented challenges in mental health and economic inactivity. It’s estimated that 2.5 million people of working age are currently suffering from long-term sickness in the UK. Many have little support and few prospects of finding their way out of poor health and into work without help.
We’ve brought our International Clubhouse model from the US to the UK, specifically designed to offer non-clinical interventions in a safe and supportive environment. They help people by empowering them to make decisions for themselves within a community of people who are working together toward a common goal
Our Clubhouses support people living with mental health conditions to build their confidence and improve their lives – and help them to move further along their journey to sustainable employment.
The Clubhouse model: getting the long-term unemployed well enough to work
Clubhouses act as community centres to provide the long-term unemployed with opportunities to connect with their peers, develop skills and enjoy positive social interactions. They aren’t designed for formal workshops or training sessions; instead they are focused on boosting wellbeing and progressing people closer to the workplace.
Fedcap Clubhouses in Lancashire and Surrey are supported by our embedded Health and Wellbeing team. These highly trained and experienced healthcare professionals provide tailored and personalised support to individuals facing a range of challenges and barriers to work.
Our Clubhouse Pilot programme has been shown to:
- Achieve measurable improvements on the Work and Social Adjustment Scale
- Achieve measurable improvements on the Warwick-Edinburgh Wellbeing Scale
- Progress people towards employment
The success of Clubhouses around the world
42% employment rate (double the rate for people in the public mental health system)
A two week psychiatric hospital stay cost = one year of recovery services to Clubhouse members
Measurable reduction in incarcerations
Measurable reduction in hospital stays
Inspired by veteran programmes
The Clubhouse model has been successfully employed in the US by The Fedcap Group for many years. As a not-for-profit organisation originally founded by World War I veterans, The Fedcap Group have a proven track record for delivering innovative support programmes to those living with both physical disabilities and mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Clubhouses provide a restorative environment and a safe space for people struggling with confidence, living with mental health conditions or just wanting to take steps to improve their wellbeing.
Working in partnership
We are proud to work in partnership with Mosaic Clubhouse, Brixton. This award-winning charity funded by Lambeth Council and NHS Lambeth was founded in 1994 and its clubhouse has since become an integral feature of the local community.
Working in collaboration with Mosaic Brixton has helped to ensure that our Clubhouse pilots in Staines and Burnley are shaped to meet the needs of those with debilitating health issues in the UK.
Our Clubhouse activities are all designed to help people improve skills, build confidence, and enhance health and wellbeing. But most of all they are fun and enjoyable. They are not prescriptive or made to feel like classroom learning. Here are just some of the activities participants have been involved in at our Clubhouses to date:
- Decorating and furnishing the Clubhouse space
- Logo design and development
- Team building games
- Video journaling
- Growing food in our vegetable garden
- Creating personal statements and affirmations
- Discussing issues such as anxiety and low confidence