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Testimonials

Kevin

Kevin has had several transitional employment jobs. One was organising a magazine library in a PR and marketing company. Another was as a catering assistant in a college. He says of Hillside:

“It has given me belief in myself”

Rakeb

Rakeb says:

“Working at Hillside as a voluntary receptionist/admin assistant was very beneficial for me. They helped me develop my communication and interpersonal skills.. my wellbeing, self motivation and confidence. They taught me how to work in a team and on my own.”

Tola

Tola says:

“Hillside Clubhouse has helped my self-esteem. It has also enabled me to communicate with various people. Hillside has been very supportive. ”

Shelley

Shelley has gained:

“Confidence, computer training and friendship”

Fiammetta

Fiammetta did TEP through clubhouse and says:

“Hillside Clubhouse is a vibrant, busy and supportive workplace where staff and members work together. Coming to Clubhouse lifts my spirits. I meet people and get involved in all the areas they offer. Through Hillside I’ve found new hope and trust in life”

Marie-Ange

Marie-Ange got a job through Hillside as a catering supervisor for a service for adults with special needs and says Hillside has:

“Given me a focus to go back to work, bringing my confidence back.”

Ruth

Ruth got a part-time job through clubhouse and says:

“Hillside helped me learn new skills and meet new people. I couldn’t get a job for 20 years but the … team found me a new job and I couldn’t be happier!”

What people say about us:

Here are some of the things our stakeholders say about us!

“... we were bowled over by Hillside's tremendous atmosphere, openness and inclusivity... A trip to Hillside is always uplifting”

Christopher Graves
Director - The Tudor Trust

“Hillside Clubhouse has a long history of outstanding engagement and partnership working with Islington residents with mental health needs. It actively encourages and supports its members to become involved in every aspect of its service delivery. Its members are fully “embedded” in the service, which leads to greater engagement with the wider Islington community.

“Hillside Clubhouse’s approach delivers outcomes that really matter to its members: success in acquiring the skills to become better able to confidently, and with motivation, take up work, training and education opportunities –and to recover from mental ill health and stay well.”

Steven Pruner
Joint Commissioning Manager, Islington Council / Islington CCG

“The Council’s Business and Employment Support Team have referred a number of people with mental health issues to Hillside Clubhouse and have been very happy with how these have been handled by their very skilled staff team. Clubhouse in turn refer their candidates to our vacancies and we have been impressed by the way they prepare and support clients. And as a council we are very aware of their excellent track record in getting people into work.”

Jimmy Flynn
Business and Employment Support Officer, Regeneration, Strategy and Partnerships Islington Council

“The Clubhouse Model really is about putting people first - and Hillside is a terrific example of this. From the moment you open their door the welcome is both warm and heartfelt and this inclusiveness runs throughout their work... Hillside... offers terrific support to help people live their lives to the full.”

Ciaran Rafferty
The City Bridge Trust

“We at Islington Mind are especially keen to use local community enterprises and have used Hillside Clubhouse's catering service for the last few years... I can honestly say that the food gets better every time! Their menus are exciting, there is a fantastic choice- healthy, hearty and wholesome! Prompt delivery, great friendly service, fantastic value for money- they ask us for feedback and always pay attention to what we have to say. We're very happy indeed!”

Anne Thomas
Assistant Director, Mind in Islington

“We have used Hillside for various events - most recently a sports event for children with special needs where they catered for 100 people on both days. We have found them to be professional and dependable. ... Their waiting staff are delightful and always have a warm smile on their faces. Nothing is ever too much trouble.”

Jacqueline Robinson
Service Development Advisor, Homes for Islington

“Many thanks to Hillside Clubhouse for helping to deliver another successful event for the third year running. I have received countless emails from the guests stating how they enjoyed the meal provided (a traditional Christmas roast). I am always very impressed with the catering and service supplied. The food was of a high standard, cooked fresh, hot and on schedule and there were substantial portions. Your staff work efficiently and politely and as a team, even washing up after the event! An absolute pleasure to work with and I have the confidence to know that I can leave you to “get on with the job” leaving me stress free to organise the rest of the event. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to others.”

Patricia Niclas
Head of Secretariat and Executive Support Office, Governance and HR Division, Islington Council

“I have been visiting the Kiosk since it opened earlier this year. The staff are always very friendly and the service excellent. The food freshly made and tasty. As a local GP it is very heartening to see the people working in the project flourishing so clearly.”

Dr Greg Battle
Goodinge Health Centre

“DSC first learned about Hillside Clubhouse a year ago and we knew immediately that we wanted to be involved in the [transitional employment] scheme.

“That was last August and our relationship with Hillside, .has blossomed. We have watched [our worker - a Hillside member] turn from a shy, retiring person, full of trepidation, into a smiling, confident, capable woman who now works two shifts a week for us (at her request!!).

“Of course, it's not [her] who has gained - we all have. We have a deeper understanding of mental health issues and how each one of us can make a difference, as well as making some lovely new friends amongst the staff at Hillside. This wonderful scheme deserves to go from strength to strength”

Debra Allcock Tyler
Chief Executive, Directory of Social Change

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