News & Events

Our latest Annual Report and a short video about our 2020

In our Annual General Meeting in December 2020 we looked back on an extraordinary year. We made the short video below to celebrate some of the great things we did in 2020. 

We also shared our latest Annual Report, April 2019- March 2020. This covers us celebrating our 25th anniversary, starting our Hospital in-reach project and our Evening Sanctuary expanding to seven nights a week. Two of our younger members also showcased our young adult programme at the International Clubhouse Conference in Oslo and of course we ended the year moving to working virtually.

Our Digital Inclusion project is up and running - December 2020

Our digital inclusion project is up and running! As well as providing members with equipment, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets to get online at home we are working with Morley College (with funding from Lambeth Council) to get people upskilled. Starting this week at Mosaic, Morley College are running a course and drop in on using your smartphone. This is all possible because of our grant from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund. 

Our Evening Sanctuary service is inspiring others! November 2020

We opened our Evening Sanctuary service in 2015, in April 2019 it was extended to 7 nights a week. The service provides short-term support to Lambeth residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis. During the last financial year it supported 121 people. 

Clubhouse De Waterheuval in Amsterdam, who visited Mosaic in 2018, recently opened their own Evening Sanctuary service, and our sanctuary team made them this video for their launch. Fountain House in New York also now has a sanctuary service and we've been in touch with other clubhouses who are interested in setting up something similar. It's great to see the model spreading.

Continuing our service throughout lockdown - a short summary

This year we closed our building at the end of March. However we went with the Clubhouse International motto - our building may be closed but our community remains open. We knew that the pandemic and lockdown was going to be tough for everyone, and staying connected was vital for well being. We kept in touch with our members by phone, post, email and video calls. We held unit meetings on Zoom, and our newsletter In the Mo started coming out weekly, full of content created by our members. Members created new ways to keep in touch, running a Film Club via Zoom, a Writing and Art group by email, as well as a Radio Station. Our Information Service moved to phone and email support, as did the Evening Sanctuary and Hospital In-reach project. You can read some members' accounts of how our support helped them here. By the time we reopened our building in late July we had recorded around 8,500 calls, emails and mailouts to members.

While our building was closed, our kitchen was used by Streets Kitchen, a charity that were providing hot meals to homeless people, in partnership with Lambeth Council. It was great that while we couldn't be at Mosaic, the building was still in use. We started to reopen the building in July, first with the Evening Sanctuary, and then with the day service. We introduced many new ways of working: limited capacity in the building, social distancing, shorter days with shifts for members, a one way system and many other measures to protect our community. When we reviewed our new ways of working in September we decided to ask everyone to wear a mask and we extended our hours. We continue to work flexibly to adjust to the current climate.

Great news: we've got funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund! - September 2020

We are very happy to share that we have been awarded £87,307 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund. This money will contribute to our core running costs, supporting our financial stability in these uncertain times. It will also fund specific projects and areas of work: a race and equality project, increasing digital inclusion for our members and Covid 19 expenditure. Thank you to the UK government and the National Lottery Community Fund!

The London Marathon 2020 - update

The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon - the 40th London marathon -  is taking place on Sunday 4th October, but like many things this year, not as normal. Elite runners will be running together but all other runners will be taking part virtually. For the first time in its history participants can run - or walk - the 26.2 miles wherever they want. Most of our team have deferred their places to run another year, but Matthew is running on October 4th. He has planned a route from Hackney across to Kensington, then down through Brixton, ending in Tooting Common. We plan to support him at points along the way, and hopefully with a small group at the finish. Matthew has already done a fantastic job fundraising but if you want to support him, and Mosaic, find his JustGiving page here!

Surviving & Thriving Post-Coronavirus in the Black Community - a panel discussion, July 2020

The Brixton Reel project recently hosted a panel discussion offering insight and advice for the Black community in the current times of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Beverley and Michael from Mosaic joined Lambeth Councillor and Black Thrive Global Director, Jacqui Dyer, Public Health Doctor Rooah Omer, Public Health Epidemiologist Leah de Souza and and Ashley Campbell, Mental Health Advocate. You can watch it here. Mosaic has a large population of Black people using the service and we felt it was important the clubhouse and its members were a part of this discussion.

Black Lives Matter - a statement from our CEO

The world has been rocked by the appalling death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  His death was one of many at the hands of the state. The outpouring of anger that has followed speaks of deeply entrenched injustices. Racism and injustice are sadly a daily part of life for Black people in the UK. 

We have all seen the headlines about the Windrush scandal and the Grenfell disaster but racial injustices are especially stark in mental health services. The fact is that more black people get a mental health diagnosis, and higher proportions are incarcerated under the Mental Health Act.  It has been well documented that the whole mental health system does not treat black people equally. 

Mosaic cannot be complacent.  We are proud to have a high proportion of black members and black staff, but it is not good enough for us to sit back and claim we are 'not racist'; we must be avowedly anti-racist.   We stand in solidarity with all those who seek positive change. We need to make sure that our services do not discriminate and ensure that black colleagues are treated fairly too. We want to start a dialogue with members and staff about how we can make our Clubhouse fairer and more inclusive.  We will be open to listening and learning.    

Chris Thomas, Chief Executive, 9th June 2020

Mosaic Clubhouse in the Brixton Bugle! - February 2020

We're very excited that Ruby Gregory from the Brixton Bugle wrote all about the amazing things we do here at Mosaic Clubhouse. It's important to us that everyone in Lambeth knows that there are places they can go if they are ever struggling with their mental health. Click HERE to read the whole article.

Annual General Meeting - November 2019

We had a lovely time at our AGM this year. Members, staff, trustees and the wider community came together to celebrate what we have achieved in the last year. Here is a video from the Employment, Education and Information Unit, talking about how Mosaic has helped members over the last year.

We're on the BBC Radio 1 Podcast!

Danielle interviews some of our young members to find out more about Mosaic Clubhouse. Listen to their stories and how the clubhouse experience compares to being held in a hospital setting. Mosaic is a much brighter and lighter space than hospital with no closed doors and no heirachy between staff and members. Listen more for yourself here

Our LGBTQIA+ Community - September 2019

In August we rolled out a survey to our members, asking questions about how we could make our service more LGBTQIA+ inclusive. Many people were of the opinion that our clubhouse, as welcoming and diverse as it is, could do more for our LGBTQIA+ community. Members made suggestions for more education, a safe space and signposting as well as training and social events. 

We have taken this information on board and have created a monthly LGBTQIA+ Safe Space, where members of the community and supportive allies can have a cup of tea, discuss any issues and learn from eachother and specialists about matters affecting the community. We spent our first session in September brainstorming ideas of how to use the safe space, and spent the October meeting learning about BAME LGBTQIA+ figures in alignment with Black History Month. 

Coming up we will have our first Mosaic LGBTQIA+ Bulletin at the end of the month, and have started planning our first LGBTQIA+ Social to the Bishopsgate Archives- we are excited to improve our inclusivisty and very proud of our diverse community at Mosaic!

New Hospital Projects - September 2019

We have two new exciting projects, working with local hospitals, starting this Autumn. 

The first is the Acute hospital in-reach project with Lambeth Hospital, in partnership with ThamesReach and Certitude. Staff and members (see some of the team below) will be visiting inpatients to help enable them to make links with the community to support them when they are discharged. We have a team of members who are looking forward to getting involved, building up their peer support skills and expanding patients networks. 

The second project is with Kings Hospital. Our Young Adults team is leading on a pilot project visiting people in hospital with physical health issues who also need mental health support. We will be working closely with various teams at Kings to make sure these patients are getting linked to services they need in the community. 

Mosaic Sports Day!

We had a Fun day at Brockwell Park for our annual sports day, great weather and great sportsmanship! We were split into teams and raced eachother in running, tug of war, egg and spoon race and many more!

Mosaic Music Magic Podcast!

The first episode of this podcast is out. Every week on Mondays, there will be a new episode! Here is the link to the episodes:   

In this episode, 'Classics Part 1', we introduce the hosts, Idara & Jamille and they talk about music and an introduction of what you will hear in the podcasts.
Also, the podcast has an email address where you can send in reactions to the episodes and talk about your feedback and what your want to hear in the next episodes. The podcast email is
I hope you enjoy the podcast!

Deloitte and Volunteering Matters Confidence Workshop - May 2019

On Friday 24th of May, Deloitte coupled with Volunteering Matters to provide us with a morning of training. This training included top tips on how to improve our conversational skills, confidence in social situations and informal settings. They helped us write and finetune our CVs and gave us practical employment top tips. We worked in groups to roleplay an interview scenario which allowed us to practice thinking on our feet and being aware of our body language. Sandra, one of our members, said about the session, "the staff made me feel welcome and at ease. I met one or two people I didn't know before and I was really enjoying it". Thank you very much to Deloitte and Volunteering Matters for providing us with this opportunity. 

Working with The Black Men's Minds Project

The Black Men's Minds Project was a six-day workshop created by Stephen Rudder, in partnership with Black Thrive, for black men who have experienced ill mental health and hardship to come together. Each day a different topic was discussed such as external pressures facing a black man, masculinity and personal experiences. The last day of the workshop Kobi, Jamille and Robert created and performed a spoken word piece during Mental Health Awareness Week based on the discussions and creative writing techniques that were shared and taught throughout the workshop. The guys showed great commitment and really enjoyed this experience!

It's Mental Health Awareness week! - May 2019

For Mental Health Awareness Week, 13-19 th May, we are asking passers-by: are you OK? We are handing out positive affirmations and telling people about the services we offer. We want to talk to people about mental health and raise our profile in the local community. Come and say hello!

Final Countdown to the London Marathon

The London Marathon is nearly here. We will be supporting our Mosaic team: Roger, Pete, Verity, Busayo and David on Sunday. If you want to come and join us to cheer them on, speak to us for more details. We've made a new video with Roger, as part of our 25 stories for 25 years series, see it below, and if you want to support our runners, and us, you can donate here .

Evening Sanctuary will be open 7 days a week from April

As of April 1st 2019 the Evening Sanctuary at Mosaic Clubhouse will be open to Lambeth residents seven nights per week, from 6pm to 2am, offering a safe and supportive space for adults experiencing a mental health crisis.

Evenings can be a difficult time for many people with mental health conditions as there is limited access to services outside of the usual 9-5 working hours. The Sanctuary is a short term service helping people to cope when things are at their worst.

Whilst not a clinical environment, our trained and experienced staff, peer support workers and volunteers provide a place where people can be themselves without feeling judged. Some come to share their experiences and to talk to others, some come for a little peace and quiet, and some come for a few hours of volunteering or activities to take their minds off things.

From 6 – 8pm Mosaic members and others lead groups and workshops including Jewellery Making, Art, Creative Writing, Mindfulness and Yoga. Anybody staying on after 8pm will need a referral from a health care professional.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or feeling unable to cope, speak to your GP or mental health team about getting a referral to The Evening Sanctuary.

 Our Clubhouse International Accreditation Report is here - and it's good news!

Here is our accreditation report from Clubhouse International's visit last November. We are very proud to have achieved three year accreditation with no recommendations. Clubhouse International Accreditation™ is a symbol of quality – a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence. Accredited Clubhouses displaying this icon are universally recognized as operating with a high level of compliance with the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs.™ Accreditation is awarded for either a one- or three-year period, subject to the degree of adherence by the Clubhouse to the Standards. Click here to read the full report .

Working with the Omnibus Theatre - January 2019

Throughout January 2019 the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham is hosting a series of plays and workshops exploring well being. Mosaic were thrilled to be invited by the Mayor of Lambeth and the Omnibus to take part in a panel discussion on ‘Mental Health – A National Crisis?’. Programme manager Beverley and member Michael were joined by Cllr Jacqui Dyer, Emma-Jane Greig, Isaac Ouro-Gnao and campaigner Jonny Benjamin to discuss the issue. This was followed by an excellent performance of ‘Hearing Things’ which is showing until the 27 th  January.

Research published on our Young Adults programme at Mosaic

An article called 'How young adults in London experience the Clubhouse Model of mental health recovery: A thematic analysis,' has been published in the Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Mental Health. One of the authors, Jane Pardi worked at Mosaic whilst doing her masters. The piece concludes that the clubhouse model was beneficial to all its young members, for reasons including its entirely collaborative and consultative process between staff and members, its humanitarian approach, its lack of rigid or inflexible time limits, and its reciprocal relationships, where members are expected to both provide and receive support. Read the paper here .

Turnbull & Asser event for Clubhouse International

Last week Turnball & Asser , men's clothing store and Royal Warrant shirt maker, held a dinner to raise money and awareness for Clubhouse International . Maresa Ness, our CEO, Peter Cardell, Chair of Trustees and two of our members Debora and Josh attended and spoke about their experiences at Mosaic Clubhouse. We're really excited about this new partnership. Photos from Turnball & Asser.

World Mental Health Day at Public Health England 

Last week Public Health England held a cake sale in their offices and raised nearly £100 for Mosaic. As the theme for this year's World Mental Health Day was young people and mental health in a changing world Roger and Michael, pictured below, spoke about our Young Adults Program at Mosaic. Mosaic have a number of Transitional Employment Placements at Public Health England, that give our members great opportunities for getting back into work. We currently have two of our young people doing placements there.

£267k funding from the Big Lottery Fund

Mosaic Clubhouse has successfully bid for a grant of £266,881 over three years to support its work to help people living with mental illness to re-join the worlds of friendship, family, employment and education. One piece of work to benefit from the National Lottery funding is the charity’s new Young Adults Programme , which will offer intensive one-to-one support for 16-30 year-olds with an existing mental health condition or at risk of developing poor mental health.The programme will focus on helping young people with their transition into adulthood. It will provide support during difficult transitions such as leaving school and transferring from child and adolescent mental health services to adult services or into the community. Part of the grant will also be used to fund two Recovery Support Workers to work on the programme. Existing work to also benefit from the funding includes programmes that support people with mental health issues in education, training and work.

Maresa Ness, CEO, said: “Our ultimate aim through this work is to increase the quality of life, confidence, self-esteem and employment prospects of people in our area who suffer from mental ill health. “We’re absolutely delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has given so many Lambeth residents the opportunity to improve their wellbeing and achieve their dreams. This money will change lives.”

Winning a Lammy Award

A huge congratulations to our former CEO Maresa who won the 'Going The Extra Mile' Lammy Award.
One of her nominators said, "she has been a role model to myself and the clubhouse community. She is a person of courage, she has a strong work ethic and is also open to learn. As she retires, this award would be a great end to an amazing career."
You can read more about it here .

Mosaic Clubhouse appoints a new Chief Executive

The Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that Chris Thomas has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Mosaic Clubhouse. Chris succeeds Maresa Ness, one of the founders and more recently CEO who will retire in November.

Chair of the Board, Peter Cardell says “We are delighted that Chris is joining us as he not only brings a wealth of experience working across statutory and third sector organisations, he also shares the unique clubhouse values and ethos”.

Chris has previously held CEO roles in the charity sector, most recently at Jobs in Mind, a specialist provider of employment support for people experiencing stress, anxiety or other mental health problems.

After six years at the helm, the Board very much appreciate the leadership Maresa has provided to develop Mosaic Clubhouse into a strong vibrant organisation at the heart of the Lambeth community.

Under Chris’s new leadership we are confident that Mosaic clubhouse go from strength to strength continuing the valuable work in South London.

Chris will start in late October 2018 and Maresa will leave at the AGM on November 15th.

Employment @ Mosaic Clubhouse

Mosaic Clubhouse is the official charity of the new mayor of Lambeth

We are very happy to announce that we have been chosen as the official charity of the new Lambeth Mayor, Christopher Wellbelove. One of our members, Paul, shared his experience of mental health services during the council's annual meeting where the new mayor was elected. You can read more about it here .      

Inews published our members' stories for Mental Health awareness week:

How noise-cancelling headphones and new software helped me cope with anxiety and Asperger’s at work
‘If my mood is proper low, I can self-sabotage’ – why night is the worst time for mental health crisis
I kept my depression hidden until I was 60 – now I’ve accepted it, I’m much stronger

How noise-cancelling headphones and new software helped me cope with anxiety and Asperger’s at work

Read more at:

Mosaic on Channel 4 news 03/04/18

Channel 4 highlights Mosaic's drive to support the recovery from mental illness among black men


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