Congratulation’s to Stephen from Birmingham, the winner of this month’s Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Gemma, who said: “Since Stephen started volunteering at our café he has received fantastic comments about his cooking and his helpful and friendly manner. Stephen also helped to get the centre ready for launch day and is […]

Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. I find writing these blogs very helpful to my continuing general improvement. I still recall the early days here at Albert Terrace. The feeling: “I guess this is just temporary until social […]

Schizophrenia is characterized by paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking, social withdrawal and cognition problems, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you or someone you love suffers from schizophrenia, you know first-hand how this serious mental illness can affect life. Typically, schizophrenia is treated through the use of medications and psychotherapy. However, alongside […]

My name is Natasha Kirby and today is my two year anniversary working at Creative Support! I am the Marketing Assistant based at head office. I started working in the organisation as an apprentice and really didn’t know what to expect – it’s my first job and I was only 18 years old. I remember […]

Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. Well I boldly went where no Brian had gone before! The 18th saw me go with my friend and fellow service user Stephen to a healthy eating group. I must admit I […]

For the past four weeks, our art exhibition has been touring the country, showcasing the amazing creative talents of Creative Support’s service users. The show visited venues in Manchester, London, Reading, Birmingham, Middlesbrough, South Shields and Leeds. We received plenty of positive comments from the people who came along. Roy Havery and Elaine Horrocks, members […]

Creative Support’s Housing Week  is now under way! Over the next few days we’ll be distributing tips on a whole range of different topics to staff and tenants in the properties we own and manage nationwide. We’re also hosting an event and awards ceremony in Manchester on Thursday 25th October. Take a look at this […]

Earlier this week I was delighted to hear that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, had blocked the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States. The American authorities had been engaged in a seven-year battle to get McKinnon, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, sent to the U.S. to face charges with an attached prison sentence of […]

Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. After been informed by the staff here at the project that I should be able to contact my Social Worker regarding the purchasing of new clothing, I was accompanied to the Benefits […]

People can develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they have been the victim of, or witness to, a traumatic event. This could include a serious accident, a natural disaster, a violent crime, or domestic violence. This list is certainly not exhaustive, and some people may have experienced many traumatic events over a period of […]

Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. Our walking group, small though it is (hint hint), may have to take a break due the inclement weather. But we have no intention of letting the idea die. What we plan […]

Many of the people that we support, and in the wider community, suffer from chronic conditions that cause them to feel pain or tiredness throughout the day. Conditions such as Lupus, ME and Fibromyalgia can leave you feeling incredibly drained, with no warning about when your symptoms will flare up. This means that you can […]

As Creative Support’s Campaigns representative it was really important to me that we attended the Conservative Party conference. In a year when there have been so many announcements regarding health and social care, a chance to hear these plans in more detail from people in government was a crucial part of preparing Creative Support for […]

Creative Support is taking part in the Manchester Evening News’ Wish initiative. We’re aiming to win a share of £25,000 to spend on art materials for our Breakthrough service. You can help by collecting tokens from the paper from now until Saturday 17th November and sending them to our Head Office. For more information, call […]

Wednesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and our services are holding events and activities around the country to commemorate the occasion. The aim of World Mental Health Day is to raise public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. […]

Creative Support is keen to encourage more tenant involvement in the work of the Housing and Maintenance departments. If you live in a property where you pay your rent to Creative Support there are some exciting new opportunities coming soon. The Board of Trustees are working with the management team to look at how they […]

Brian is going to be a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. Something very strange has been happening recently, I can’t fully explain it but I often discover that despite the best efforts of the ladies at the Pig Iron (my […]

At today’s Tory Conference George Osborne has confirmed the Conservative Party’s intentions to cut benefits budgets by a further £10 billion. £10 billion will be cut from the Welfare Bill by 2016 – 17, on top of the £18 billion worth of cuts already announced in 2010. Suggestions to cut the cost of benefits include: […]

The health grant is now available from October to the end of December 2012. Please note that this grant is only available to Creative Support projects. Send application forms to Suzy Kennedy at Creative Support, Fifth Floor Dale House, 35 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HF. Tel. 0161 236 0829     Fax. 0161 228 0569 […]

Creative Support’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 27th September at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Our Chief Executive, Anna Lunts, gave a presentation showcasing all our achievements in the last year to an audience of service users and staff members. Highlights included our Jubilee and Olympic events, and the many new […]