About Connections Place
Our community Clubhouse will be a vibrant, innovative and collaborative space dedicated to creating opportunity and purpose for those with mental health challenges. The Clubhouse will be dedicated to nurturing respect, equality and dignity for all.
The establishment of an Accredited Clubhouse International to provide people whose lives have been disrupted by mental illness the opportunity to recover meaningful and purposeful lives through reintegration within the workplace and the community.
What is Connections Place?
We are a society raising community support and funds to implement the community based Clubhouse International Program. Much more than simply a program or social service, Connections Place will be a community of people who are working together to further their personal and common goals.
What We Do
We work together as a group to create opportunities for members to return to school or university, gain employment, have a place to live, connect with their families, make new friends, and create multiple successes. Our Clubhouse is a place to rejoin the worlds of friendship, family, employment, education and health.
Connections Place operates around a work-ordered day where members and staff work side-by-side in all aspects of Connections Place operations. Connections Place work is real and meaningful because it arises from the actual needs of the members and the functioning of Connections Place. Members have the opportunity to participate in all of the work of Connections PLace, including administration, research, enrollment, orientation, rreach-out, hiring, training, evaluation of staff, public relations, advocacy and evaluation of Clubhouse effectiveness.
How We Can Help?
Our members and staff work will work side by side in all aspects of the Clubhouse operation.
We believe a work environment provides focus for all parts of a person’s life – skills, interests, and relationships. Clubhouse work is real and meaningful because it arises from the actual needs of the members and the functioning of the Clubhouse.
When members come to the Clubhouse, they are welcome to participate in our “units.” A unit is like a department at a company, office, or corporation. We have many different units, and all of them require member involvement in order to help the Clubhouse function smoothly. Members also come to the Clubhouse to take advantage of our many programs and services, see their friends, and have fun.
We hold meeting on a daily and weekly basis in order to discuss what work needs to be done, announce events, and make decisions regarding the Clubhouse. Meetings are a great place to express ideas and be part of our community. One example of how the Clubhouse day is shaped:
Morning Meeting: 9 a.m., Daily
House Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday
Decision-Making Meeting: 1:30 p.m., Thursdays
Hours: Our goal is for Connections Place to be open on Saturdays and Sundays as well as statutory holidays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch are also to be included those days. Members and staff will organize social activities (i.e. hiking, badminton, pool, soccer, swimming, movies etc.