Rainbow Clubhouse is in the lovely grounds of Cherry Orchard Campus, Ballyfermot.
Rainbow is part of Eve and a worldwide network of clubhouses that exist to provide support and opportunities to people living with a mental health condition. Rainbow knows that when people volunteer with their peers, in a safe and supportive space, then mental health and wellbeing improves.
Members at the Rainbow Clubhouse community work side by side with staff to deliver clubhouse activities as a way of giving back and building confidence and self-esteem. Members attend Rainbow daily or weekly and work on reception, run our café, maintain our building and courtyard, post social media, participate in administration and finance activities and do tutorials and workshops to benefit other members. Members are the key to the success of Rainbow and participate in all our work, decision-making and policy opportunities. This way, Rainbow keeps members at the heart of everything we do. It is a place to belong.
What is Clubhouse?
A Clubhouse is a programme of support for individuals on their road to recovery. It is a community that offers individuals hope and the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Clubhouse is a non-medical model and therefore the focus is on a person’s strengths, talents and abilities, rather than their illness. Clubhouse provides an environment of support and acceptance, and is committed to enabling individuals to live full and productive lives as active citizens in their community.
The Clubhouse is organised and structured around the ‘work ordered day’. The work ordered day parallels typical working hours, focusing on the strengths, talents and abilities of members. Members are encouraged to attend as often as possible and volunteer as they feel ready, according to their individual interests.
Rainbow is divided into two main units that are designed to manage the everyday tasks associated with the operation of the clubhouse. Members and staff work side by side as colleagues, to carry out all the work that is important to the Clubhouse.
The typical work of administration can include working on the reception desk, typing, filing, writing letters & emails, preparing reports, maintaining our blog, accounting tasks, publishing our newsletters. In addition administration coordinates our social, employment, education and housing programmes.
This unit is responsible for the operation of our catering and maintenance programme, including working kitchen and coffee dock area. The typical work of this unit includes planning, ordering and preparation of a freshly cooked and healthy meal every day. This unit also has responsibility for co-ordinating the upkeep of the building and any maintenance needs, running our community garden including gathering organic veg for our meals, and running our Healthy Ireland programme
As a right of membership Rainbow Clubhouse provides members with opportunities and support to access
paid or voluntary employment. Members can explore the potential for entering independent, supported and Transitional Employment (TE). TE is a highly structured programme for members returning to work in business and industry.
Rainbow Clubhouse encourages and supports members to access and sustain adult education opportunities in local schools and colleges. We also utilise the talents and skills of our own members to provide educational opportunities within Rainbow Clubhouse.
Members are assisted in accessing services and supports within their community, this may include housing, medical or psychological services, advocacy and entitlements.
Rainbow Clubhouse offers an evening social programme to any member who wishes to participate. These activities take place outside of the work ordered day and are decided and planned by our members. They can range from crazy golf, cinema, meals out and bowling to quiz time and social walks or simply watching a movie.
What Rainbow members say
Sinead - ‘I’m so glad that I made the first step in attending Rainbow Clubhouse as it makes me feel confident, that I had meaning to life’
Michael - ‘Rainbow’s ethos promotes good working practices, friendship, inclusion and re-familiarisation of routine’
Fatoumata - ‘everyone is equal in Rainbow’
Richard - ‘staff are friendly, approachable, helpful, and knowledgeable, have positive attitudes and work with Members side-by-side’
Mohan - ‘they are always open to ideas and suggestions from us members about education, or work, or new activities in Rainbow’
Cian - ‘I always feel welcome and that I make a difference at Rainbow’
How to Apply
Anyone can make a referral to Rainbow, contact us on 0870996636 or 0860671955. First, we set a time for a tour of Rainbow to meet members, see the clubhouse in action and see if Rainbow is suitable for you. It gives everyone the time to ask questions, before filling out the Member Form.
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 4.00pm
Friday: 8.30am - 3.00pm
Late opening a number of times a month
Grounds of Cherry Orchard Campus
Tel: 01 7955454
Mobile: 0870996636 / 0860671955
Email: : firstname.lastname@example.org