In Blide Hoose the focus is on what a person can achieve, their strengths and abilities, and on the independence of the individual. It is based on an idea for a clubhouse that started in the USA in the 1940’s and now there are over 300 clubhouses worldwide. Blide Hoose is affiliated to the European Clubhouse movement.
We promote recovery from mental health problems through meaningful activity and social contact. People who join Blide Hoose have the opportunity to gain work experience, educational opportunities, gain access to services and meet lots of people in an understanding and supportive environment. They are offered the chance to participate in the running of the organisation and take part in education, training and employment.
I’ve been coming in for over a year now and I work in reception, the café, I’ve baked for catering, been involved with fund raising, been part of the Woodland Project and recently have been appointed to the Board.”
Members and staff work in partnership, side by side, in all areas of the work of the organisation. Everyone is able to access all activities and opportunities in areas such as catering, gardening, everyday maintenance and administration, as well as opportunities to engage with education, support to attend courses at Orkney College, and employment.
People who join Blide Hoose will remain a member for life and are welcomed back after any length of absence, enabling those who wish to move on to do so but with the security of knowing support is available should they require it.
I feel secure at the Blide. I can be myself as people understand. Everyone is offered the chance to be included in activities. There is always something to do, or not, if you don’t feel like doing anything. I’ve made friends here as well. I’ve contributed to the Blide and feel valued as a member.”