Today is one of the busiest days of the year at Creative Support’s Head Office as we prepare for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year it is set to take place in the National Football Museum at Urbis in Manchester. The meeting is a chance for our staff to look back at our achievements and […]

Creative Support runs a Social Inclusion Service based in Blackburn. The service aims to support service users with mental health needs to feel included in their community. Service users can also get involved in the project through volunteering. As well as encouraging our current service users, Creative Support seeks to involve service users who have […]

Last week the government announced new plans which mean that people receiving treatment for cancer will no longer be required to seek employment in return for receiving their sickness benefits. Cancer patients will also be asked to through a simplified process for their Employment Support Allowance where they will only have to supply a GP’s […]

Creative Support’s Community Grant closes on the 3rd October. The grant has been running for nearly two years and gives up to £200 to projects, events and ideas that encourage people to get involved in their community. This could include supporting volunteering opportunities, open days to raise awareness of projects and parties with people from […]

The Creative Support Community Grant scheme is coming to a close on 3rd October 2012. If you’d like to apply then this is your last chance, so click complete this form and return it to Head Office as soon as possible! Look out for details of our new Health Grant scheme coming soon. For more […]

Residents at Kwanzaa House in Manchester have recently been learning about fire safety and what to do in an emergency situation. A group of service users took part in a course provided by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Members of Moss Side Fire Station’s Blue Watch visited the service on September 19th to present […]

Every week the Creative Support marketing team is inundated with art, crafts, creative writing and particularly poetry from our service users. This is mainly the reason why we are so excited to hold the Creative Support Art Exhibition in September and October 2012 – to show off this talent to people all over the country. […]

Following the closure of an inspirational summer of sports, Dame Kelly Holmes has revealed that she self harmed on a number of occasions before her victory at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Holmes was apparently driven to cut her arms and chest after growing pressure to succeed in her sport, and due to a prolonged […]

Being able to de-escalate one’s own anger and the anger of others is an important skill to have in the workplace. Hopefully, this is not something that you encounter on a regular basis but unfortunately most people at work will encounter either their own anger or the anger of others more frequently than they would […]

Congratulation’s to Paul from Blackburn, the winner of this month’s Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Vanessa, who said: “Paul is a very thoughtful and a kind person. He does voluntary work at a cat sanctuary in Blackburn. He says that doing voluntary work is ‘like giving something back’. Paul has even adopted […]

International Day of Peace is fast approaching. It’s celebrated each year on the 21st September to encourage people around the world to work together to promote peace and end conflict. International Day of Peace recognises all the people who work hard to promote peace. It is intended to be a day of global ceasefire, when […]

At Creative Support we are committed to delivering person centred, flexible services that meet the specific needs of those we support. As part of this commitment we are aiming to deliver personalised services in line with the government expectation that “every person who receives support, whether provided by statutory services or funded by themselves, will […]

Panorama has spent much of the spring and summer months filming in Shadsworth, a deprived estate in Blackburn. The finished documentary was aired on BBC1 last night at 9.00pm with the alleged intention of giving a balanced view of life on the estate. Having watched the documentary I can’t help but feel extremely disappointed with […]

It doesn’t matter what age you are, it is always important to stay fit and healthy. Our bodies find it easier to avoid injury if we keep them in a good condition. Take a look at 5 ways for older people to maintain their agility: 1.  Choose activities that you will enjoy, as this makes it easer […]

Our Bredon Respite Care Service in Runcorn held an open day on Saturday 8th September to give families, care professionals and members of the local community the opportunity to visit the service. The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Halton, Tom and Angela McInerney, who met service users and staff and even took […]

It fills me with great inspiration to tell you all a little bit about my walk of life. For many years as a young boy I felt like a lost sheep, mainly because I didn’t have a loving, nurturing family to support and guide me. I was always looking for a sense of warmth and […]

Last Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced a reshuffle of his cabinet. During a reshuffle, the people with the top jobs in government take on new roles and responsibilities. If you think that this news doesn’t matter to you, think again. There have been some big changes in the Department of Health which could affect all […]

Across the country, adult day services have been changing. This may be due to cuts, but also due to the increasing drive to make services more person centred and innovative. Traditionally, adult day centres have been places for people to socialise, participate in group activities and receive support. Day Centres provide a valuable service for […]

Plans for our service user art exhibition are now well underway. The deadline for artwork has passed and we are seriously impressed by the hard work and talent which is evident in the photographs, paintings, sculptures and craftworks we have received from service users living with a mental health need, or a learning disability. The […]

Creative Support is pleased to announce the recent achievement of Investors in People Silver status. Our organisation is among only 2.8% of Investors in People organisations to achieve Silver Status. Ray Corry, Training & Development Manager said:   “We are delighted to have been awarded the Investors in People Silver Status which recognises our commitment […]