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National award for Lambeth mental health service charity


A charity funded by NHS Lambeth CCG and Lambeth Council to provide mental health services for people in the borough has won a national award.


Brixton-based Mosaic Clubhouse which hosts Lambeth's Living Well Partnership clinched an award in the Charity Governance Awards.


The charity, which is based in Effra Road, supports people living with mental health issues to find employment, education and housing and also provides social support via a café and evening sanctuary. More than 300 clubhouse members – who all live with mental illness – run the centre alongside 19 staff.


The Charity Governance Awards is a new not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities. Mosaic won the £5,000 Managing Turnaround category in the awards.


Maresa Ness, Mosaic Clubhouse Chief Executive, said judges were highly complementary and highlighted support from commissioners and partners and the Living Well Partnership.


She said: "We are grateful to commissioners for encouraging us to review everything we do.


"We stuck to our values, we changed our systems and processes; it was a fundamental challenge that could have defeated us. We emerged more determined, more focused, more committed to the clubhouse model so that we didn't lose the incredibly powerful changes in people's lives that we have been privileged to lead and support. "


She added: "We learned how to grab a major challenge and turn it into the best opportunity ever. Now we're bigger, stronger and more successful than ever before. We couldn't have done this without our talented and committed board of trustees. Their determination, flexibility and creativity have guided us through the most significant period of change in our history."


Brian – a Mosaic Clubhouse member whose name has been changed to protect his identity – said: "I like coming to the Clubhouse to give myself a break from feeling like I am trapped in my flat sometimes. I can feel like the walls are caving in, like my thoughts are racing and I can hear voices – this makes me feel tired and restless. When I feel like this, I feel that I need a different surrounding with people to talk to which causes the voices I hear to lessen. By coming to the Clubhouse, my train of thoughts change for the better – my mind feels more calm and peaceful."