Q: What is a Clubhouse: Is it a private club?
A Clubhouse is a local community center where people who participate are known as “Members.” Although not entirely exclusive, membership is open only to people living with a mental illness, that is any local adult resident who has a history of mental illness. A Clubhouse is a place where members can find others who understand what it’s like to live with a mental illness. It is not a treatment program or mental health service, but rather a place where members develop friendships and opportunities to work together. At a Clubhouse, members also find structured opportunities to get help with needed services such as housing or healthcare, and to return to school or employment.
Q: Can anyone become a Clubhouse member? Must I be referred by a doctor and/or another member?
Yes, typically, if you are an adult living with mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression, major personality disorder, etc.), you are eligible for membership. Our Clubhouse has its own application and referral process, but self-referrals are also welcomed. Clubhouses are very friendly places, so if you are interested in learning more about our Clubhouse, we advise you to call 604-276-8834 and set up a visit.
Q: What is the average age of a Clubhouse member? (Am I too old, too young?)
The average age varies, but Clubhouses are for adults. Pathways Clubhouse has specific programs for young adults, and we accept members who are 18 years or older. There is no upper age limit. The average age of Clubhouse members worldwide is about 35, but we have many members who are older and younger than that. Our Clubhouse offer members many opportunities to become involved, and all offer things to do that are suitable for adults of any age.
Q: What is the cost of becoming a Clubhouse member?
Membership at a Clubhouse is free to anyone living with a mental illness. Pathways Clubhouse does not need to charge members for our services because we receive most of our funding from government grants and contracts.
Q: What is a staff member?
A Clubhouse staff member is a paid employee of the Clubhouse. Clubhouse staff members have specific job responsibilities related to the day-to-day operation of the Clubhouse and helping members with their individual recoveries and/or life goals.
Q: Are doctors available at the Clubhouse for therapy and medications?
No: there are no medical, clinical or treatment services at the Clubhouse. However, our Clubhouse will help members locate and gain access to the medical and other social services they may need.
Q: How much time do I have to spend at the Clubhouse?
Membership and participation at the Clubhouse is completely voluntary. Each individual member decides how much and how often they wish to be involved.
Q: What can I do at the Clubhouse? What activities go on here and must I participate?
There are many things to do at the Clubhouse. The different types of activities are divided in to the following categories:
- A Work Day: includes many projects that are important to Clubhouse members. The work day includes opportunities to do things like clerical and computer work, telephone work, food service, building maintenance and clean up, research, audio visual production projects, newsletter preparation, budget management, Clubhouse administration, member transportation services, mental health advocacy, etc.
- An Employment Program: involves how the Clubhouse helps members get and keep paid jobs.
- An Education Program: involves how the Clubhouse helps members enroll in and complete education programs, including College and other degree programs.
- An Evening, Weekend and Holiday Social and Recreational Program: includes activities where Clubhouse members and staff have fun together and build friendships.
Our Clubhouse has low-cost meals, meaningful work, employment and education programs, and fun.
Members may participate in as much or as little as they want to in any of the Clubhouse activities. There are no requirements about the amount of participation. At Clubhouses, we recognize that members come to us at various points in their lives and recovery. One member might want to come to the Clubhouse every day and be involved in many activities, while another may only want to come and get help with employment. Some members may just want to come once in a while until they are ready to do more. Each member determines his or her own level of participation
Q: Can my Clubhouse provide me with a place to live?
No one lives at the Clubhouse, but the Clubhouse makes certain that members have safe, decent and affordable homes.
Q: How long does membership in a Clubhouse last?
Clubhouse membership does not have any time limits. Membership is considered for life, and once someone is a member, he or she can return to the Clubhouse after any length of absence