Emily Adamberry Olivero, who was awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services in mental health, has been campaigning tirelessly since 1992 to achieve a better quality of life for people who have been affected by mental illness. In 2009 she discovered the Clubhouse model and has succeeded in establishing it in Gibraltar with amazing results.
Step by step she has managed to gather a team of 5 mental health professionals from different backgrounds who now run a 6 day week service, currently at 24 Wellington Front, supporting people and enabling them to reach their full development in their skills and self confidence.
The Clubhouse offers, a work ordered day and several programs which encompasses, Employment, Education, Community Support, reach out, Housing, Social activities as well as a health and wellbeing program. Several Clubhouse members have recently given their testimonials publicly which demonstrates how much they have benefitted from participating and becoming members.
This was recognized by Gibraltarian entrepreneur Jimmy Attias, the founder of the Manchester based international potato crisps and pop corn company “Ten Acre”. He recently presented a cheque for £30,000 to Clubhouse Gibraltar. It’s the largest single donation by a private individual or entity that Clubhouse Gibraltar has ever received, and they are extremely grateful to Mr Attias for his generosity.
Mr Attias was keen to convey a strong message to the community of Gibraltar.
“I am very pleased to be able to support Clubhouse Gibraltar, an organisation that provides invaluable assistance to people with a history of mental illness and helps them regain their lives by building up their confidence and self-esteem. I hope there will be many more donations like this in the weeks and months to come. If everybody gave £1 per month this would make a huge difference and ensure the sustainability of this invaluable service”.