Canefields Community


Work Ordered Day

As part of the international Clubhouse model, at the core of every clubhouse is the Work Ordered Day. In place to parallel the day-to-day activities of a traditional workplace, the Work Ordered Day at Canefields Clubhouse begins at 8:30AM in the morning through until 4:30PM in the afternoon.

Structuring our daily activities around an 8 hour day, as typical of most workplaces,  assists our members to experience and become comfortable with participating in a workplace.

Applies to All Units

At Canefields Clubhouse the Work Ordered Day is completed by all units. Our units include a large Business Unit and the Catering Unit.

Everyday everyone attending Canefields Clubhouse is part of a Morning Meeting. Firstly the plans and tasks  for the day are discussed. Secondly, members then have the opportunity to volunteer for roles they wish to fill and tasks they wish to complete for the day.

The Business Unit

It is the role of the Business Unit to contribute to the operation of the clubhouse. Also to facilitate the running of our employment and education, housing, and some in-house training programs.

Daily, the Business unit completes structured tasks that keeps the clubhouse running and thriving. These include, administration and reception, record keeping, data base management, fundraising, grant writing, marketing, accounting and financial management, to name a few. Participation in the Business Unit offers an extensive amount of skill development opportunities.

Business Unit Skills

Just some of the skills members can learn and develop include:

  • Computer literacy
  • Peer-to-peer advocacy and support
  • Data entry
  • Professional communication & customer service
  • Accounting and Financial management and record keeping
  • Program and event planning
  • Grant and proposal writing
  • Filing and record keeping
  • Producing digital and print marketing materials

Catering & Maintenance Unit

The Canefields Clubhouse Catering & Maintenance Unit, similar to the Business Unit, has their own structured tasks to complete each day. All of which keep the kitchen and entire unit running smoothly and safely.

The Catering Unit is responsible for cooking and preparing all the food and beverages for Canefields Clubhouse members and staff. Even more significant is that they manage cleaning while also maintaining workplace health and safety in the Clubhouse.

 Each day members involved in the Catering Unit make small morning tea items and large lunch meals for everyone. All food prepared for lunches is made from fresh ingredients and made from scratch where possible.

Opportunities & Skills

Each food item is sold at an affordable price to ensure all of our members have access to healthy, ‘home cooked’ meals. Involvement in the Catering Unit offers many skills that many members can transfer to their everyday lives.

Some of the useful skills members learn daily in the Catering Unit include:

  • Meal planning
  • Budgeting
  • Food Safety
  • Food preparation and cooking
  • Barista skills
  • Effective communication
  • Teamwork

Canefields Clubhouse accepts donations of any size to help with the development and creation programs and services for members.

Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.