This charity has been set up on the existing ‘International Clubhouse Model’ that focuses on peer-led structured support groups. Norfolk Clubhouse is based in Norwich and is working to establish two mental health hubs – in the rural market town of Watton, and in the Thorpe Hamlet part of Norwich. The Watton hub meets twice-weekly and is facilitated by a sessional worker, who supports members in whatever they wish to develop, such as helping write a CV and find employment, or plan activities such as cookery sessions for example. The hub at Thorpe Hamlet now meets twice a week with longer sessions has some focus on creative projects that members are interested in. It is also developing a community garden at the hub and possibly a Men’s Group.
In June 2022, the Foundation agreed funding towards running costs of Norfolk Clubhouse. The £3,000 will contribute towards existing costs of the hubs, and help support the organisation to further develop and open more clubs. Overall, clubs benefit members through improving wellbeing, enabling better access to services, and boosting their confidence and motivations.