Who Are We?
We are a group of individuals who all have lived experience of mental health problems/issues. We have come together to ensure that a genuine peer support led community hub is here for all who need it within the borough of Gateshead.
Our aim has always been to provide the positive side of having a building-based service, while recognising that if left in isolation, these kinds of services can be institutionalised and stagnant, the input of external people, activities and new members is akin to having freshwater run into a stream.
The vision sees the clubhouse being a venue where people are always welcome on their own terms. Our belief is that people need a safe harbour where members have the assurance that they are in control about what level of activity and participation they wish to engage in, without fear they will have to move on before they choose to, or are ready to leave. In this way the clubhouse could then be in a position to support people build up their own resilience and, in a suitable timeframe, be able to move on with their lives.
The clubhouse in a truly personalised way, will mean different things to different people. For some it will be about becoming part of running something very unique, a very empowering experience in itself, and a place to meet for friendship, where people will always be welcomed with a smile. For others it will be a part of their recovery as they undertake peer led courses, join in social activities and, when ready, move their lives in new directions - knowing that they always have a place of support if needed.
Our Culture and Vision
Peer support is the key focus of our culture here, with an emphasis upon:
People making an individual choice about attendance and participation.
A greater membership participation in the running of the clubhouse.
A determined effort being made to use peer support approaches in developing activities at the clubhouse.
Our final destination of a truly user-led service has now been reached, which is highly innovative, flexible in what it offers, empathetic and life changing. We know that with the skills, confidence and experience that our members have achieved over the last few years that we are in an excellent position to continue bringing our truly unique vision to the residents of Gateshead.