Claremont provides a spectrum of services aimed at personal and community development. In addition to activities relating to the arts, physical health, and learning, we also offer low cost one-to-one psychotherapy and one-to-one art psychotherapy, both of which are open to all adults in Islington, as well as a psychotherapy group and three art psychotherapy groups for those aged 55 and older.
A formal referral isn’t necessary, although many people come to us via a recommendation from their GP.
Claremont is about people having opportunities to shine and live happier, healthier and connected lives. Claremont is all about people mattering.
Members of Claremont, as well as volunteers, staff and those we work with in partnership, tell us that there’s something different and special about our Claremont community.
For years we’ve tried to describe what it was that seemed to make us different from some other places. Although we think we will never quite capture it all, because that’s the stuff of the actual relationships, interactions and creative processes and products of people at Claremont, we do hope that we’ve maybe caught the essence of an important aspect of it. The heart of what makes Claremont special is that people matter to each other.
Feeling that you matter to someone has two important elements. The first is that you want to matter to that person. If you don’t want to matter, if you are indifferent, the whole “mattering thing” becomes irrelevant. What you’ve got then is a fairly straightforward transaction, a bit like buying a ticket from a ticket machine instead of from a person.
The second thing is that the person you want to matter to needs to accept and welcome you wanting to matter to them! If you don’t know what I mean here, think of when you’ve encountered an indifferent shop assistant or tax official. This is “unrequited mattering” and it can be crushing if you go in thinking it might be otherwise.
And that’s a key point. At Claremont we try to establish an atmosphere where the expectation of people is that we are friendly – that we are open to them mattering to us and that they’re not going to be crushed or made to feel impersonal or like an object. The culture is about friendship much more than it is about the transactions of paying for classes, getting information, or getting food and drink.