The American Clubhouse on Waterloo Road means a lot of things to a lot of people.
Who better to tell you about what this place means than a member who has been there since day one? Gary, 50, loved the idea of the Clubhouse when it was first suggested and eagerly followed its progress.
He said: “I’ve been coming here for 18 years. The building has changed a lot with the addition of the conservatory, games room, and community garden. Now there are two other Clubhouses, The Observatory, and TwentyFourSEVEN in Hanley, along with loads of regular members. “I was going to a mental health centre before The American and I’ve tried group therapy, but there’s something special about this place.
“There’s always lots going on and you can get involved in volunteering and other activities. I’m here five days a week and I volunteer; there’s always a choice to get involved and nothing is forced on you.” Gary remembers having problems since school and dropped out at the age of 13.