Anne's Story: I got involved in all types of work, particularly what we call Reachout

Approximately seven years ago I was finally discharged from hospital, where I had been detained under section for eight consecutive years.

Whilst happy to be out, ‘real life’ was suddenly very daunting and I struggled. Luckily I was introduced to Mosaic clubhouse. I loved it straight away and got involved in all types of work, particularly what we call Reachout. This involves contacting members and reminding them about classes they are doing, and also just finding out how they are. This is my favourite task as I have built up a rapport with many members who may be struggling.

As I did more, my confidence grew. I went to Stirling for a Clubhouse European conference, which was great fun! I moved from a hostel into my own flat in Brixton and have made some amazing friends! I also worked hard to find some voluntary work and eventually did with Lambeth Mencap. I now volunteer once a week at a centre for people with learning disabilities and it is, without a doubt, one of the best things I have ever done. The staff are incredible and the service users a joy.  I’m really happy there.

I continue to attend Mosaic two to three times a week; it’s part of my structure and I still get a lot out of it.

I am certain that I would not have come so far if it wasn’t for Mosaic,  so thank you, clubhouse. Onwards and upwards!

"I loved it straight away and got involved in all types of work, particularly what we call Reachout."

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