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Threshold has seven therapeutic communities, based mainly around the greater Belfast area.  They are:

  • Clearwater House, Belfast (14 beds)
  • Chikara House, Belfast (11 beds)
  • Dumbarton House, Belfast (12 beds)
  • Kharaminn House, Portrush (14 self contained flats)
  • Glencarn House, Glengormley, (14 beds)
  • No. 7 Brookhill Avenue/ Community Flats, Belfast (11 self contained flats)
  • Sophia House, Glengormley (16 self contained flats)

The aim of these therapeutic communities is to provide a safe, secure and stable environment where patients with a severe mental illness can find a structured setting to engage in communal living with an emphasis on exploring the relationships with themselves and others.  The provision of a ‘holding’ and ‘containing’ environment means that patients have an opportunity to experience an understanding environment which helps each individual gain stability in their emotional lives and so help them towards independent living.  Threshold’s therapeutic communities are part of the national network of the ‘Association of Therapeutic Communities’ whereby peer reviews involving staff and users, visit other services to ensure quality assurance standards.  In all of our peer reviews for the last several years, Threshold has achieved all of the benchmark standards established by the Association of Therapeutic Communities.


We have up to 50 places in this service to help people with mental health problems remain in their own homes.  Funded by the N.I. Housing Executive, through their Supporting People programme, this services ensures that people can retain their independence with the support of outreach workers whose aim is to establish a sound working / therapeutic alliance so that individuals can overcome their difficulties and remain within the community.



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