At the Hope Centre Clubhouse, our goal is participation, not perfection. The focus is on health, not illness; on what people can do, not what they can’t do. Hope Centre Clubhouse provides individuals with mental illness opportunities to access residential, prevocation, employment, education and social recreation programs. The Clubhouse focuses on members’ strengths, talents and abilities. It provides members with an opportunity to set and achieve goals, access support and feel valued and needed.
“It’s a nice place to be when you are recovering from an illness, people are helpful and kind and will listen to you when you have a problem.” — Clubhouse Member
Participants are members of a club, not patients or clients. Members may learn or regain skills necessary to live more empowering lives. Confidence and self-respect is gained through contributing in every aspect of clubhouse. Through work-based activities, members work side-by-side with staff and/or other members, performing all the necessary tasks in the day-to-day operations of the clubhouse. There is a feeling of cooperation and ownership within the clubhouse. Members are made to feel wanted and needed. Members do not receive pay for work done in the clubhouse. All work is done to help members develop new skills and to improve self-confidence.
“Clubhouse has helped me in finding housing and giving me the opportunity to experience new employment options.” — Clubhouse Member
Over the years, Hope Centre has grown to over 140 members from all over West Prince. People use the Clubhouse to meet their individual needs. Some drop in for coffee and a chat where others volunteer their day, working on the monthly newsletter, preparing the daily meal or working reception. The Clubhouse also offers sessions on employment, wellness and coping with anxiety.
What We Do
Hope Centre Clubhouse offers its members support, encouragement and opportunities to learn in the areas of employment, housing, wellness and social recreation.
The clubhouse model was designed as an effective way to provide programs and services that are intended to strengthen individual skills and develop the supports necessary to help the individual live in the community. The clubhouse model traces its origin to Fountain House in New York City and was introduced to Canada in 1983. There are more than 350 clubhouses worldwide.
Hope Centre Clubhouse is a work-based, psychosocial-rehabilitation, program that uses a referral system for membership.
Any helping professional or community agency may apply on behalf of a potential member. Self-referrals also are welcome.
To become a member, individuals must:
- Have a primary diagnosis of a mental illness.
- Be between 18 and 65 years of age at time of the application.
Hope Centre is open five days a week … Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Clubhouse is also open the first and third Thursday of every month until 8:00 p.m.
For further information on the services and supports available from Hope Centre Clubhouse or to arrange for a tour of the Clubhouse, please call 853-3871.
Hope Centre is a program of Canadian Mental Health Association/PEI Division.
1 College Street – Box 537
Alberton, PE C0B 2B0
Tel: (902) 853-3871
Fax: (902) 853-3877