Pioneer logo green2.jpgPioneer Clubhouse, BalgowlahPioneer Clubhouse Members

Pioneer Clubhouse provides an ongoing, safe, supportive, respectful community in which people living with mental illness can realise their individual goals, maximise their community integration and  enhance their quality of life.

Business Unit:    As well as developing specific skills, members develop generic skillsneeded for open employment; ability to work as part of a team, takeinstructions, work around others, responsibility, being on time, anddeveloping a work tolerance.

Employment & Education:  Programs include Transitional Employment,  Supported Employment  and Supported Eduction

Restaurant & Maintenance:    Members can gain various skills including cooking, baking, gardening, maintenance, cleaning, and organising wellness speakers and resources

Social Program:    Members and staff together organise structured and non-structured social activities.  These activities are always scheduled outside of the work-ordered day.

Location:     Lot 2 Quirk Road, off Balgowlah Road

Opening Hours:     Mon - Fri    9 am - 5 pm     Weekends (check the Calendar for upcoming socials)

Ph:    (02) 9907 9999          Website:

Light and Hope Mental Health ClubhouseLight and Hope Clubhouse, IllawarraLight And Hope Clubhouse Members

The Clubhouse is open to anyone suffering from a mental illness.  A Clubhouse is a membership organisation, and therefore the people who participate are its members.

Through membership of the Clubhouse the members have ownership and responsibility for the decisions made and the tasks undertaken within the Clubhouse. In this way they contribute to the success of the Clubhouse. 

Membership is free, and is for life. Members can be active within the Clubhouse at the times they need the support of the Clubhouse and can leave when they obtain employment or begin study, but can resume active membership again when they need to.

Location:    St John's Lutheran Church Hall (rear of Church), 15 Burelli St, Wollongong

Hours:    9 am - 5 pm Tuesday and Thursday

Ph:   (02) 4285 0019        Website:

Endeavour-Clubhouse-banner-logoEndeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse, Port Macquarie

The Clubhouse opened in July 2013 with great community support.  Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW is the clubhouse auspicing body.

Endeavour Clubhouse Opening - 28 June 2013

The clubhouse provides a non-institutional service through a unique model of Psychosocial & Vocational Rehabilitation in a safe and caring environment.

Adults recovering from mental illness can gain support as they work to rebuild their self confidence, social & vocational skills.

 Endeavour Clubhouse is for adults who have experienced the social and vocational damage that mental health problems can cause.  It is a voluntary program whose participants are members not patients or clients.  We believe that every member has a contribution to make and the Endeavour Model relies on member’s talents, skills and strengths in order to function.

Membership is by self-referral or through another agency and is by one’s own choice.

Location:    176 Hastings River Drive, Hamilton Green Building, Port Macquarie

Ph:   (02) 8315 1425         Website:

What is a Clubhouse?Clubhouse Australia (Australian Clubhouse Coalition)

Clubhouses provide a community-based approach to support the recovery of people with mental illness.The Clubhouse movement is an international psychosocial rehabilitation recovery program. There are over 300 Clubhouses across the world.  Clubhouses are based on an international model with clearly specified standards (Clubhouse International formally International Centre for Clubhouse Development , ICCD).

International Center for Clubhouse Development

People with mental illness join as members with the aim of improving their employment and productive activities of everyday living.

Clubhouses were founded on the realisation that recovery from serious mental illness must involve the whole person in a vital and culturally sensitive community (McKay, Johnsen, Banks, & Stein, 2006).

There are two bodies which support the development of Clubhouses in Australia. They are the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) and the Australian Clubhouse Coalition

The ICCD mission statement is:
Helping to bring about a world where people living with mental illness everywhere can experience the respect, hope and opportunities found at Clubhouses.”

A Clubhouse is a physical place to which people living with the effects of a mental illness can belong.
Through participation in the Clubhouse, members develop the skills to strengthen bonds with their family, create and sustain friendships, and increase their skills.
Members will also be supported to gain meaningful employment, access education, and obtain appropriate housing.

As outlined on the Clubhouse International website Clubhouses provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that support them in obtaining employment, education and housing.
More specifically they are community centres that offer members:

  • A work-ordered day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognised and utilised within the Clubhouse
  • Participation in consensus-based decision making regarding all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse
  • Opportunities to obtain paid employment in mainstream business and industries through a Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program. In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supported and independent employment programs
  • Assistance in accessing community-based educational resources
  • Evening/weekend social and recreational events; and
  • Assistance in securing and sustaining safe, decent and affordable housing

Clubhouse provides an opportunity for members to participate in their own recovery by working and socializing together in a safe and welcoming environment. The Clubhouse also provides a community-based approach to recovery that collaborates with available psychiatric treatment.

The primary activity within Clubhouses is the ‘work ordered day’, where members and staff work side by side to run their Clubhouse (Macias et al., 1999). This involves participating in essential tasks such as clerical work, food preparation, building maintenance, intake of new members and attendance recording (Macias, et al., 1999).

Although the work ordered day is at the heart of the Clubhouse, its purpose is to act as a catalyst for member recovery. For example, it supports members in finding mainstream employment and educational resources outside the Clubhouse and by integrating members into the community (Macias et al., 2001).

Indeed the goal of every Clubhouse is to help members lead fulfilling and meaningful lives in the community (Macias & Rodican, 1997).