Open Minds operates on principles and practices whereby those we support have active involvement & participation in the development and evaluation of services.
This is achieved through ‘Do It Club’, Open Minds Peer Support and Advisory Group.
Do It Club is lead by a full time paid Peer Facilitator with a lived experience of mental illness and is made up of Peer Representatives from each program area.
Do It Club is a mechanism for client input into Open Minds service delivery systems. Peer representatives meet on a monthly basis at the Peer Advisory Group to provide feedback, suggestions and recommendations for continual service improvement.
Do It Club also facilitates social activity and community access initiatives committed to supporting and encouraging Open Minds clients to participate and be included in a range of events in their local community. Open Minds recognises that many people with disability or mental illness identify that issues such as isolation, stigma, loneliness, loss of meaningful relationships and social roles, and a feeling of disconnection from their community are all factors which act as barriers to recovery. Do It Club aims to reduce this sense of isolation for clients by encouraging them to participate and be included in a range of events in their local community.
The Peer Facilitator and Peer Representatives encourage clients to not only have a voice within the organisation but also to actively participate in their broader community. Do It Club operates under the key concepts of Try-Achieve-Inspire – recognising the importance of giving new things a try, acknowledging and celebrating individual achievement, and being inspired and inspiring each other.