How We Help

How Pioneer Clubhouse can help you - Business Unit, Employment & Education, Restaurant & Maintenance, Social Programs

Pioneer Clubhouse offers various employment and education opportunities as well as social activities - including art groups, writing groups and gardening groups.

Expand the sections below to find out more about them.

Business Unit

The Business Unit meets in the morning and works out what needs to be done to assist the running of the Clubhouse.

The Unit Members choose the jobs they wish to do, that need doing and that they get value from in developing specific skills.
The normal day to day clubhouse activities are not only personally rewarding for members, but over a period of time give members the self-confidence to attempt their own job or work placements.

As well as developing specific skills, members develop generic skills needed for open employment; ability to work as part of a team, take instructions, work around others, responsibility, being on time, and developing a work tolerance.

Some of the specific skills to learn and work to be involved in are:

  • Greeting new members, orientation of new members
  • Giving tours of the Clubhouse
  • Type latest activities and add pictures to the new Website & type all Website content
  • Outreach calls and visits to members
  • Reception duties, answering phones, taking messages
  • Recording incoming mail, filing, checking the email inbox
  • Production of monthly newsletter using a graphics programme on computer
  • Typing, shredding, laminating
  • Updating the Database
  • Brainstorming on social activities and organize the Social events
  • Collecting attendance data and placing in spreadsheet
  • Taking the minutes of the weekly meeting

In a Clubhouse program each member is given the message that he or she is welcome, wanted, needed and expected each day.

The message that each member’s involvement is an important contribution to the community is a message that is communicated throughout the Clubhouse day.  Staff and other members greet each person at the door of the Clubhouse each morning, with a smile and words of welcome.

Employment & Education

The Transitional Employment Program allows members who lack work experience, confidence or skills for open employment, the opportunity to work at real jobs for real pay.

Members are given unlimited opportunities at TE regardless of past work history or unsuccessful attempts. There is no such thing as failure at TE.

Supported Employment supports members in job seeking for employment of their choice. We can offer help with resume` writing , writing applications and interview preparation.

Pioneer also provides support to members once they find employment.

With Supported Education, members can find out about the latest courses available. We offer support in enrolment and with study. We can also help you link into existing support networks ( e.g. Disability Officers).

Restaurant & Maintenance

The Restaurant and Maintenance (RAM) unit covers several areas at Pioneer Clubhouse. There are many and varied opportunities in RAM including cooking, baking, gardening, maintenance, cleaning, and organising wellness speakers and resources.

From Monday to Friday, we cook large healthy meals for lunch which can be ordered from the café in the morning. The lunches are chosen collaboratively during menu planning on Tuesday afternoon. We also bake biscuits and cakes for the cafe and keep the cafe stocked with other snacks, fruit, and drinks.

We maintain our gardens ourselves and have a few vegetable patches full of produce we use in our meals. We even fertilise our gardens using our worm farms which turn our food scraps into fertiliser. We are responsible for the general cleanliness of the Clubhouse and generally focus on this in the afternoons.

As our physical wellness is extremely important, we have an area full of resources on health and wellness. RAM is also in charge of organising speakers from various professions to come and speak at Clubhouse on different topics, always with time for questions.

The RAM unit is run by colleagues (members and staff) together who have different skills and abilities and interests. While we work together, we build collegial relationships but with a genuine concern for one another.

The unit works together, not only in making lunches and gardening, but in trying to solve housing problems, moving house, medical issues, and so on.

Feel free to drop in for lunch or a cuppa and see what you could be involved in.

Social Programs

In addition to the work opportunities, Clubhouses provide evening, weekend, and holiday social and recreational programming.

Members and staff together organise structured and non-structured social activities.
These activities are always scheduled outside of the work-ordered day.

At Clubhouse you can participate in various social activities on selected evenings and Saturday mornings.

Holidays are celebrated on the day on which they fall. Activities are scheduled at the Clubhouse and in the community.

Go to our Calendar to discover our next events

Pioneer Clubhouse Calendar

See what activities are coming up

About Pioneer Clubhouse

What is a clubhouse and what do they do?