Wellness Walk Port Macquarie 12 October 2016
A DREAM has been realised at Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse. Unwavering support from the community and the fundraising committee over more than a decade has paid off with 70 members attracted to the purpose- built centre after the launch of the vocational rehabilitation program. The clubhouse at Hamilton Green is a place of belonging, hope and opportunities for people living with mental illness. Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse director Rob Moorehead said the clubhouse drew people out of their homes, helped them become socially inclusive, meet new friends and build on their skill sets. “People are in different places in their mental health recovery,” he said. Endeavour Clubhouse is open three days a week with six staff. Mr Moorehead said at this stage the clubhouse did not receive any state or federal grant funding but the clubhouse was hopeful this would change in the future as its services continued to grow. The programs include a Hospital to Home pilot project thanks to the federally funded Partners in Recovery program. The service assists Port Macquarie and Kempsey residents, post-discharge
from Port Macquarie Base Hospital mental health unit, with complex care
needs who have been in hospital for more than a fortnight. Support
workers ensure clients are connected with services to support them once
they return home. Hospital to Home project coordinator Ian Dennis said
he expected to see a reduction in hospital readmission rates, relapses
and suicide rates. A university researcher will analyse the pilot
program data to review its effectiveness. Mid North Coast Local Health District mental health and drug and alcohol
services director John Leary said the local health district worked
closely with a number of community and non-government organisations to
provide mental health services to the community.
“This collaborative approach includes embracing opportunities to work
with organisations, such as Endeavour Clubhouse,” he said. Meanwhile,
Ostara employment consultant Amanda Thompson helps clubhouse members on
their path to employment. “Everyone has their skills and their niche,”
she said. “It’s about the right people for the right job.” Mrs Thompson
has secured employment for 40 per cent of her clients. The
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW has partnered with Ostara to provide the
mental health –specific employment program from Endeavour Clubhouse.
The clubhouse will also offer an introduction to computers course, meal
preparation and nutrition classes and a health and wellness program. The
health and wellness program called New Moves is funded by Partners in
Recovery. A wellness walk on October 29 will mark Mental Health Month
and raise awareness.
The walk, from the Town Green to the breakwall and back, starts at 10am
followed by a barbecue at Endeavour Clubhouse for a gold coin donation
To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org or the clubhouse on 8315 1425.
Photo: Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse director Rob Moorehead, Hospital to Home support worker Linda McGuire, Hospital to Home coordinator Ian Dennis, Hospital to Home support worker Wendy Beck,Ostara employment consultant Amanda Thompson and clubhouse support worker Ken Spink embrace the clubhouse model
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Endeavour Clubhouse Operational Opening (2015)
Media Release: Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse Operational Opening
A look at the Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse
Hello and welcome to the Endeavour Clubhouse website. as our first news article we thought we would upload some photos of the Clubhouse.
Gardens thanks to Bunnings and Novaskill the Cert II horticulture guys
Paintings by Raymond Walsh