Speaker's Bureau gives members the opportunity to go out into the community to tell their stories and how Clubhouse has impacted them. Members have been able to represent the Clubhouse at churches, conferences, schools, group homes, fundraising events among other settings and have been able to reach out to legislators, law enforcement, students and other professionals. Members have also been able to talk on TV and radio shows.
Members who participate in Speakers Bureau tell personal stories to help others understand mental illness, what Clubhouse means to them, what their lives were like before Clubhouse, and who to talk to to get in touch with Clubhouse to become a member.
Typically Clubhouse members are joined by staff who introduce Clubhouse, giving a brief history of how CCCH began. Members follow with personal stories and testimonials in how Clubhouse has impacted their lives positively.
"I now have an opportunity to go out into the community and explain what my illness is and how Circle City Clubhouse has helped me."
"Speakers Bureau helps me learn how to speak or give a speech in front of people even though I feel a little uncomfortable." ---Erika
"It's inspiring to get out in front of people and share the fact that Circle City Clubhouse helped me with my mental illness and therefore may help others find meaning and a safe-haven." ---Nathan
"Speakers Bureau is the best! I get to get out and make new friends and talk about how we help each other at Clubhouse and even support each other in finding a new job."