The Connections Clubhouse follows the International Clubhouse Standards and is based on a model of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. It provides support for people with severe and persistent mental illness or other mental health issues. Participants in the Clubhouse are called Members and our programs focus on their strengths and abilities, not their illness. The Clubhouse is unique in that it is not a clinical program, meaning there are no therapists or psychiatrists on staff. All clinical aspects of the program have been removed to focus on the independence of the individual, rather than their illness. Additionally, all participation in the Connections Clubhouse is strictly on a voluntary basis.
Our program provides support for adults who experience a persistent mental illness or mental health issue. We provide an opportunity for member empowerment through peer support and skill development in both group and individual settings. By learning together there are many opportunities to develop patience, concentration, and social skills.
The Members and staff of the Connections Clubhouse work side-by-side to manage all the operations, providing an opportunity for members to contribute in significant and meaningful ways. Through this environment of support, acceptance, and commitment in relation to the contribution and success of each member, Connections Clubhouse is a place where people can belong as contributing adults, rather than passing their time as patients who need to be treated. We believe that people with mental illness can successfully live productive lives and work in the community, regardless of the nature or severity of their mental illness.
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Social Recreation Program
Social recreation programming includes all types of activities such as crafts, games, bingo, movies, and creative cooking classes.
Want to enhance or learn valuable cooking skills or share your favourite recipe? You can share in the preparation of meals and snacks for Connections Clubhouse activities and other CMHA events.
As a Connections Clubhouse Member you will be able to access all of our educational, supportive and lifestyle activities and presentations! This includes our onsite gym.
Transitional Employment Program
Our Transitional Employment Program provides opportunities for members to work and be paid for on the job placements in the work contracts awarded to the Clubhouse. We work with Club Members who identify barriers to employment as a result of their mental illness/mental health issue. Areas include:
The Maintenance Unit takes care of the physical environment of all CMHA’s facilities. This involves cleaning, recycling, plant care/gardening, landscaping, snow shoveling, wall displays, decorating for celebrations, etc.
Second Chance Thrift Store
Gain experience in a low stress retail environment. Learn how to use a cash register, do displays and many more skills.
Community Work Program
We are always working on different ways to provide paid employment to our members. Past programs include the Graffiti Cover Up Program; and cleaning services for other organizations.