Authors: Natasha Mitchell, ABC Radio National
Event: 2001 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Winner
Award category: Broadcast
Abstract: This half hour feature was made for ABC Radio National’s contemporary social feature program “Earshot”. It was broadcast in July 2000 and again in January 2001. “Pioneer Clubhouse is a rehabilitation-focused community centre based in Balgowlah, Sydney. It’s a unique place, with an interesting approach to supporting those who have experienced or are still living with a mental illness. Staff and members work side by side, with everyone involved in the running of the place. Somewhere between a drop-in centre, a classroom, a therapeutic space, a café and a workplace – it’s a small venue with a big personality. This radio feature focused on the triumphs and transitions of individual Clubhouse members. Equally, it acknowledges the personal confusion and pain that mental illness can cause, and to an extent explores the challenges faced in building a close-knit community made up of a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds.” Excerpt from a description by the reporter/producer, Natasha Mitchell.