Clubhouse Gibraltar was first registered on 30th June 2011 and it is charity number is 213. On 29th January 2015 it was also registered under the Companies Ordinance and its status is also that of an incorporated Company Limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The change is reflected in the Charities Register accordingly but the charity will still continue as Clubhouse Gibraltar and as charity No 213.
It is a not for profit organization that is providing support in the Community for those who have been affected by mental illness and mental health problems. It is self financing and relies on grants, donations and fund raising to provide face to face contact during a 45 hour weekly support with 5 qualified mental health professional free of charge. It is a psychosocial model which helps individuals develop to their full potential. The Clubhouse philosophy is that everyone can recover sufficiently from serious mental illness to lead satisfying lives.
Clubhouse Gibraltar was the brainchild of Emily Adamberry Olivero MBE, currently the CEO. Emily has been campaigning for a better quality of life for people affected by mental illness since 1992. She was invited to join ‘The Group’ that later became the Psychological Support Group in 1993 and Emily remained the Chairperson of this group until she stood down to focus on the development of Clubhouse Gibraltar. She discovered in 2009 at a Clubhouse International Seminar in Florida that the Clubhouse model provided all the support and back up that she had been looking for and much more.
The model was introduced to mental health professionals in 2010 at Bleak House and it was warmly embraced and encouraged. Potential premises were identified at Toc H and weekly meetings commenced there in September 2011. Initially these meetings which encompassed a work ordered day were led by Emily with the support of her sister Christine and some volunteers. The enthusiasm and encouragement by the members who attended (34 in the first year) helped the Clubhouse to continue and flourish as a restorative community and augured well for its development.
However Toc H was in a bad state of repair and the dampness was affecting some people’s health. However the need and demand to meet more frequently led to meetings being held at a cafeteria in Main Street twice a week in addition to once a week at Toch H. The Government of Gibraltar recognized our plight and offered the Clubhouse temporary accommodation at Wellington Front until more suitable premises were identified.
Clubhouse Gibraltar has now been allocated 304a Main Street by the Government of Gibraltar as their new premises. Although there is a need to renovate these premises and cure some dampness they are in a far better condition and more suitable than Toc H. However the funding for the renovation works have to be funded by donations to Clubhouse Gibraltar so a fund raising campaign has commenced in January 2018 to achieve this.
From Emily’s early beginnings on her own as a civil servant taking annual leave and some facility time she was seconded from the Civil Service in 2012. In December she recruited one of her professional volunteers, Tania Aguilar, a psychologist, and both attended a Clubhouse Training Course in Worcester, Massachusetts, which was funded by Kusuma Trust and this paved the way to ensure that everything started on the right footing and a strong foundation was laid. Tania is now the Deputy CEO at Clubhouse Gibraltar and they have grown from strength to strength, limited only by resources. The team has now grown to 5 full time and one part time worker.
Emily is extremely proud of her team who have all proved their worth time and time again. It takes more than just qualifications to work in Clubhouse as a staff member and the selection process can be very tough but the results speak for themselves. Clubhouse staff work side by side with the members, their job entails empowering others and it takes a special type of person to work in this manner which encompasses a generalist role without losing sight of their professional standards.
Emily Adamberry OliveroMBE, MBPsS, Executive Director Clubhouse Gibraltar
Emily Adamberry Olivero has a Master's Degree in Psychology (MScPsych), a Bachelors Degree in Psychology (BScPsych), and a Diploma in Counselling. She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.
Emily has been campaigning for a better quality of life for people who have been affected by mental illness since 1992. In the Queen’s Birthday
Honours, in June 2009 she was awarded an M.B.E. for services to the Community in the field of Mental Health. She later founded Clubhouse Gibraltar in 2011. Emily has been a civil servant since July 1973 and was seconded to Clubhouse Gibraltar in April 2012.
In December 2012, Emily completed Clubhouse training together with Tania at Massachusetts (USA) in order to ensure that Clubhouse started on the right footing and built a solid foundation for the future. Emily is determined to ensure that current and future generations of individuals who are affected by mental illness or mental health problems, should have structured professional support in the community that looks after their Health and Wellness.
Tania AguilarMBPsS, CEO
Tania is a qualified Psychologist and is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. She is currently Clubhouse's Deputy CEO. Her previous work experience has been in Mental Health, managing different employment and educational programs, including European Funding Projects.
Apart from other Education and Training courses in Mental Health and Professional Development, in 2012 she completed her training in the Clubhouse Model in Massachusetts (USA), which was an invaluable experience for the establishment of Clubhouse Gibraltar. Since then, she has been working hard in order to make sure that Clubhouse Gibraltar started on the right footing and to help build a solid foundation to ensure that Clubhouse Gibraltar’s mental health support remains available for future generations.
Gema MorenoMental Health Support Worker
Gema Moreno is a Social Worker with wide experience in the mental health field. She has worked with different groups, prisoners, youths and people having drug dependency, assessing individuals and planning actions for their reintegration into the community and
She has also worked as Support worker in the United Kingdom for four years in the field of mental health. She was the key worker setting up targets for each person with constant follow ups to guide them in their lives generally and with regard to employment issues.
She joined Clubhouse Gibraltar in January 2017 as part of Clubhouse's expansion project. As support worker she is highly involved in guiding members and fully dedicated to their wellbeing. She has proved to be another great asset to the Clubhouse Staff and enjoys being challenged. Her personality and skills have also made an enormous difference to the difficult task of improving, managing and maintaining the Charity Shop.
Glen SimpsonMental Health Support Worker
Glen has had a wide and varied career in the mental health field. Graduating with a BA hons in social Psychology from Edge Hill University and completing a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. His early career started in the children’s care sector in his beloved home town of Liverpool where he dealt with numerous mental health issues and issues surrounding drug and alcohol misuse. He also worked on a floating care home, on a rolling rota of two weeks on two weeks of which housed children who were in danger or who were too high of a risk for a normal care home.
Glen then went to work in the field of adult drug and alcohol misuse with a local charity where he wrote and took a number of therapy groups. He then went to work for the youth sector of the charity in the same field. Were he was able to provide education and information on a variety of different substances and take a number of different groups.
In his spare time he also volunteered for a local charity called the Blood bikes where he delivered such things as drugs, breast milk and blood helping relieve the strain on the NHS.
Glen also ran a street food business in the UK which went to music festivals and food festival providing delicious food. He is happy that all these skills from his past are able to be utilized in Clubhouse Gibraltar.
He joined Clubhouse Gibraltar in August 2018.
Mary-Anne NacimientoMental Health Support Worker
Mary-Anne has worked in the private sector in Gibraltar since the age of 18. Working mostly in offices she has managed teams and has extensive business experience particularly in training staff, marketing, risk management and accounts. This experience and knowledge is beneficial for the functioning of Clubhouse. She joined the team in August 2018.
Mary-Anne has also volunteered in local associations and community projects, especially with youth, mental health and human rights. She is a Mental Health First Aider and is currently preparing to become a trainer.
Jack D. JohnstoneMental Health Support Worker
Jack is a qualified Social Worker from the UK who graduated at the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011. After successful placements in both Learning Disability and Older Peoples Services at Stockport Council, he returned to his native Stoke-on-Trent and continued his work with young adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems living semi-independently within the local community. During this time, he used his days off to volunteer for his local Citizens Advice Bureau and went on to gain a qualification in Generalist Advice in 2015. After a short stint of working in the field of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and administrating a number of needle exchanges around the city, he moved on to work for a local Housing Association with people who, for a wide variety of reasons, were at risk of becoming homeless. This role primarily focused on supporting people with mental health problems who were struggling with things such as finances, benefits, anti-social behavior, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol misuse, but also included issues such as modern day slavery and honour based domestic violence. In 2018 Jack set up a Crisis Intervention service within the team which provided critical support to people who were in immediate and significant need, helping people to not fall into further hardship while waiting for support.
Gianna CanillaMental Health Support Worker
Our Board of Directors
Clubhouse Gibraltar has an independent Board of Directors who are charged with oversight management, fundraising, public relations and helping to develop employment opportunities for members.
Dr Rene Beguelin- Chairman
Emilio Gomez- Treasurer
Daniel Borg- Secretary
Peter MontegriffoQC- Director
Richard Labrador- Director
Tere Mc Niece- Director
Isaac Benezrah- Member
The CEO is appointed by the Board to take charge of the day to day running of the Clubhouse and to report back, as well as consulting with the Board on any necessary matters.
Decision-making and governance are an important part of the Clubhouse work. Members and staff meet in open forums to discuss policy issues and future planning for the Clubhouse.
HOW TO BECOME A CLUBHOUSE GIBRALTAR MEMBER
A Clubhouse is first and foremost a community of people. Much more than simply a program, or a social service, a Clubhouse is most importantly a community of people who are working together toward a common goal. Clubhouse Gibraltar is open to any person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness at any time in their lives and would like support or be part of a support structure which helps people develop to their full potential. Members work on their recovery at their own pace through a combination of being a part of a community, being part of a work unit and accessing our services such as housing, employment, education, etc.
Click here for a copy of our leaflet: Clubhouse Gibraltar leaflet
If you are interested in joining the Clubhouse, we would love to have you come by for a tour.
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