News & Events

Mosaic hosts another Get Together: an afternoon of poetry performances

Friday 22nd October saw the return of Get Togethers, a much loved event we have had to put on pause due to lockdown. Cafe & Garden provided refreshments and we listened to members and staff perform poetry that they have been working on. It was a fantastic event and we are hoping that in line with government guidelines we might see them return in full form soon! Here is an poem, 'Hope Lives' taken from a member's published poetry book entitled To My Unborn Child: Poems for a New Generation 

Yes, hope lives
Waking dreams confirm
Yesterday echoing clear
For all the world to hear
Late Saturday nights
Bargaining with confused choices
Breathing silent breaths
Enduring freedom's rites

 


Sajid Javid visits Mosaic Clubhouse to announce the launch of the new office for Health Improvement and Disparities - September 2021

On Thursday 30th September Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid MP visited Mosaic Clubhouse and met with staff and members. Mosaic Clubhouse exists to support people across Lambeth who are affected by mental health issues.

Mosaic’s approach encompasses support for the whole person. We support our members with their wider health and wellbeing, encouraging healthy eating and physical activity through our weekly keep fit and yoga classes and our popular walking group. We also support members’ physical health through smoking cessation drop ins and recent work supporting Covid-19 vaccination. Through our work with partners we also enable members to access support in areas such as housing, benefits and substance misuse - as part of Lambeth Together - run by the Lambeth Alliance.

We were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State and to share details of our model, how members and staff run the Clubhouse together, working side-by-side, and how this helps members in their recovery by building skills and confidence. Members talked about their experiences and about the support they get from Mosaic. Members told the Secretary of State that they wanted to see more clubhouses in the UK, to enable more people to access this kind of community.

Chris Thomas, our Chief Executive said, Good mental health is impacted by so many factors, but here at Mosaic we work alongside people with mental health issues to build a community together. By being part of a healthy and thriving community in which they are wanted and needed, we know that people can recover and grow in confidence and skills. Working side-by-side and in partnership with other local organisations really works – not just in improving mental health, but also enabling people to stay physically well too. 

 

Mosaic visit to Magdalen Farm - September 2021

From the 6th of September to the 9th a group of Mosaic members and staff went to visit Magdalen Farm on the Dorset/Somerset border. They had a fantastic time filled with animal care, bonfires and enjoyment of the great outdoors. A member has written a beautiful reflective piece on her time away: Sometimes you need to step outside of your normal reality to be able to see things from a different perspective, even if that is painful sometimes. It helped remind me that there is beauty and joy in the world. There is more out there that is possible. It also helped me to see that I need to raise my standards of living a little. That maybe there is a life worth living, rather than just trying to get through the days.

 


Young Adult Social to Serpentine Art Gallery - August 2021

On Thursday 19th August the Young Adults visited James Barnor and Jennifer Packer's exhibitions at the Serpentine Art Gallery. Many of the members who went along are photographers and took a lot of inspiration from James Barnor's 40 year catalogue!

 


Mosaic FC takes to the pitch again - July 2021

After a long hiatus due to lockdown restrictions, Mosaic members dusted off their boots for a friendly match versus SHARP. A massive thank you to Streatham United for organising these matches against local grassroots organisations! Keep an eye out for more fixtures!

 


Drop-in Vaccination Clinic At The Clubhouse! - July 2021

On Wednesday the 21st of July, Mosaic hosted another drop-in vaccine clinic. Anyone over 40 who uses mental health services or has a learning disability and their carers were given a dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, plus free lunch! Mosaic Clubhouse will be hosting the vaccination clinic again on these following dates: 28th July, 4th August, 18th August. If you haven't had the vaccine and are interested in receiving it please come between 12:30-2pm, no appointment is needed. 

Kew Gardens Visit - July 2021

Cafe and Garden staff Damaris arranged for our members to go on two trips to visit Kew Gardens this month! On the 12th 5 members visited Kew for a 'Sensory Tour' and on the 15th for a 'Health Walk'. On the sensory tour, our group was surprised by torrential rain that one member, Sarah, likens to the Epic of Gilgamesh in our next edition of 'In the Mo'! Everybody enjoyed themselves and we took some fantastic pictures. Thank you to Kew Gardens for a fantastic time! 

 

 
Ebony Horse Club Visit - June 2021

On Monday the 28th of June, a group of Mosaic young adults visited Ebony Horse Club, a riding school in the heart of Brixton. Who knew there was a stables right in the middle of Lambeth?! We were taught how to groom and take care of the horses - including shoveling poo! Overall it was a great time: young adult member Chenique says My time at Ebony Horse Club was a good experience, I now have such a good understanding of how to care for horses and how they have so many different needs to cater for.

Pride Month - June 2021

This month at the Clubhouse we took part in Pride Month, which is a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

As a part of our celebrations we held a safe space meeting for our LGBTQIA+ group, Mosaic's resident film club discussed 'The Celluloid Closet', and there was a group trip to Effra Social to play games. Member Simon recollects on some of the activities this month: Safe spaces are helpful - it's nice to be with likeminded people. Likewise, Effra Social was a nice afternoon to have a small gathering and a friendly chat.

                     

Windrush day at the Clubhouse - June 2021

Tuesday 22nd was the 73rd anniversary of the arrival of HMS Windrush to the UK.  

As a part of our celebrations at Mosaic, a group visited the Harry Jacobs Portrait Parlour in Brixton Market. Harry Jacobs was a prominent photographer of the black communities in Lambeth from the 1950s onward. It is estimated that he took over 60,000 photographs of the West Indian communities over the 60-year lifespan of his Brixton studio. Member Michael Flowers also remembers getting photos taken by Harry Jacobs in the 70s and 80s. “Sometimes if you didn’t see or hear him, you would have thought he was a Jamaican!” Harry Jacobs even took photographs of one of Michael’s sons when he was a baby!

We also went on a tour of Brixton's fantastic murals. Young member Jamille says - I found the murals around Brixton very interesting – I hadn’t noticed them before and liked how they included Windrush

                        

Covid-19 Vaccination drop in at the Clubhouse - May 2021

On Wednesday 26th, we hosted a Covid-19 vaccination drop in at Mosaic for mental health service users in Lambeth over 40. Chris Thomas, CEO, said: We are really happy to be able to support the vaccine roll out by hosting a vaccination drop in at Mosaic. It was really good to hear from people who came along to be vaccinated that they did because Mosaic is somewhere they feel comfortable. It was also great to work with Dr Jennie Parker and her team from Brixton and Clapham Park Primary Care Network, and we look forward to more collaboration in the future.'  Below Chris, along with Beverley Randall (Programme Manager), Angela Wilson (Engagement Worker) and Dr Jennie Parker (GP) show off their 'I've had my Covid vaccination' stickers.

  

Mental Health Awareness Week - May 2021  

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is connecting with nature. Nature has helped many of us get through the past year, from getting out in the park, to watching the seasons change from our window and growing things to get us through the first few months of this year.

At Mosaic we are happy to be back in our building and are organising a range of activities for our members this week. In our own garden we are running a Mindful mediation session and restarting our Gardening Group. We are also visiting local nature spots, Brockwell Greenhouses, Brixton Orchard and Loughborough Farm.

We’ve also decorated our front railings with some questions like, how does nature make you feel? We’re asking members of the public to share their answers on social media.

                                                                                                                                                  

Race and equality project - April 2021

At our April board meeting consultant Dr Darren Sharpe presented the findings of the conversations he has had with staff, members and trustees about race at Mosaic .   One of the main messages to take away is that there was no ‘smoking gun’ but while we are not failing on race at Mosaic there are improvements we can make to our service to make us more inclusive.  Read his presentation, Community Conversations on Racial Inequalities, with recommendations, here.  The next step for us is to organise a working group to decide how to put the recommendations into place. Darren will also present his findings at Mosaic once restrictions allow larger groups to meet.

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, 9 th  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 mmm.podcast@outlook.com
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 .


 

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