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Inspire Clubhouse – rising to the challenge of COVID-19

Published 09 October 2020

While the full mental health impact of COVID-19 is yet to be understood, selectability’s Inspire Clubhouse has been able to turn the pandemic into a positive wellbeing experience for its members.


The Inspire Clubhouse offers members a range of recovery-oriented activities and a chance to reconnect with their community in a non-clinical environment.

During the height of the pandemic social distancing requirements meant the Clubhouse doors had to shut, but according to Team Leader Kimberley Robinson, it also opened new ones.

“The closure meant we had to pause our group activities but presented us an opportunity to adapt and provide individual support to our members, focusing on activities they loved,” she said.

“From arts and craft, to music lessons and games, our life coaches worked hard under challenging circumstances to stay connected with those who depend on our clubhouse for mental wellbeing support.”

The individual support, while temporary, has been the silver lining in what could otherwise have been a very distressing time.

Ben Keith, a Clubhouse member for almost eight years, said the support helped him through the stress of isolation due to COVID-19.

“I was worried when I heard the Clubhouse was going to close because it’s such an important part of my life and my recovery,” he said.

“But being able to have the one-on-one support made it easier to deal with such a challenging time.”

Kimberley said it was not only members who had benefited.

“The staff are all reporting how providing the individual support gave them the chance to engage with and understand our members on a deeper level. This has led to stronger relationships between life coaches and members, which can only help their recoveries.”

With COVID-19 restrictions now easing, Inspire Clubhouse is open again for group activities, in line with the current health and safety regulations. Its programs are open to adults with a lived experience in mental illness and Clubhouse activities provide members with choice and control over their wellbeing journeys.

“If you’re experiencing mental or emotional hardship as a result of COVID-19 please get in touch. New faces are always welcome.”

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Last updated: 21 October 2020