Social isolation – never getting out of the house – is one of the biggest threats to the health of people with mental illness.
Houselink’s Social Recreation Program builds the bridge from isolation to physical activity, good nutrition, affordable entertainment, and most importantly, a community of peers.
The program’s success depends on member leadership at every level. A volunteer, 12-member, elected committee comprised entirely of people with mental illness oversees program decisions and policies. Houselink members are employed part-time to open and staff the Drop-Ins, cook meals, and organize events and crafts
The Social Recreation program includes:
- Two drop-in centres open to both resident and non-resident members.
- Community meals, including a weekly community lunch and Sunday dinner, plus a semi-monthly Breakfast Club. Meals rotate among our larger buildings to reach all members.
- Sports, events and activities. We offer low-cost or free tickets to sports and cultural events, and organize sports activities, card tournaments, movie days, and picnics.
- Arts and crafts, led by trained members.
- Recovery forums: where members are informed in areas of recovery and discuss their own personal progress with peers.
- A computer club, including coaching by and for members.
- Men and Women’s Group.