Start a new Clubhouse

Clubhouses are supporting and empowering people with mental health needs across the world, with over 300 active in over 30 nations working to common standards and accreditation .

Membership of a Clubhouse means: a right to a place to come, a right to meaningful work, a right to meaningful relationships, and a right to a place to return. Staff and members work side by side. This delivers value for money, high engagement and lasting positive impacts for health and wellbeing.

We would like to see Clubhouses in every town – why not yours?

Why start a Clubhouse?

  1. It makes financial sense - Typically Clubhouses deliver £14 of social return for every £1 invested, reduce spend on hospital and residential placements and reduce strain on other public services.
  2. Membership is meaningful - The model is designed to ensure that there is genuine co-production, with members running the Clubhouse day to day alongside staff.
  3. Outcomes are significant -  The focus on work and recovery means that members will increase confidence, independence and wellbeing.
  4. Health benefits are sustainable - With many people managing mental illness for the long term, a lifetime membership model means you can return for support if needed, in a cost-effective and flexible way.
  5. Clubhouses are world renowned - The international accreditation system ensures that best practice is delivered, whatever the environment or the size of the Clubhouse

How do we start a Clubhouse?

To ensure a successful start up, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Establish a start-up group - This might be people living with mental health challenges, family members, mental health professionals, local politicians, community leaders, business people, and individuals who can be helpful accessing funding for the Clubhouse. Alternatively, you might be an existing organisation interested in becoming a Clubhouse.
  2. Understand the Clubhouse approach - There are 38 standards common to Clubhouses, reading up on these is a good start. Mosaic has a useful guide explaining why each standard is important to the success of the model
  3. Find sources of funding - UK Clubhouses typically receive statutory funding from the local authority / NHS. Bringing someone from this field into the working group could be very helpful. There are other start-up, trust funding and donor routes which can be accessed too.
  4. Inform the community - Connection to the community is vital to the success of the Clubhouse. Mosaic has a package of promotional material available, which helps to explain what Clubhouses are all about and their value to the local community.
  5. Find partner employers - The Transitional Employment Programme (TEP) is a key function of Clubhouses. Finding local businesses and organisations that may be interested in offering placements, at an early stage, will mean that members can access these opportunities soon after start-up.
  6. Appoint a director/ Undertake training - It’s key to have the right person to lead the Clubhouse, in terms of drive, values and competency. Undertaking Clubhouse training is normally the best way to establish true commitment to the principles of the model. Mosaic Clubhouse is the UK accredited training centre and can assist with training of new staff.
  7. Find a building - A Clubhouse is usually a building with a range of spaces hosting different work units. Your building should be designed to facilitate the work ordered day and at the same time be attractive, adequate in size, and convey a sense of dignity and respect. It should be easily accessible for public transport and for people with different physical needs

The best way to find out about what clubhouses do is to come and see for yourself!

Our members are always happy to arrange tours of the Clubhouse. For further information, please contact us at:
Mosaic Clubhouse,
65 Effra Road, Brixton, London, SW2 1BZ
Tel: 020 7924 9657


Contact Us

Mosaic Clubhouse
65 Effra Road, Brixton
London, SW2 1BZ
Tel: 020 7924 9657

About Us

Mosaic Clubhouse is part of a worldwide network of clubhouses that exist to provide support and opportunities to people living with a mental health condition.

Mosaic Clubhouse is a registered charity No: 1071705. Company No: 3403522          

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