Our North West Service User Consultation Meeting takes place in at our Head Office in Manchester on Tuesday 14th January 2014. The event is your opportunity to give feedback on our activities in 2013 and share your ideas on what you would like to see from us in the future. Lunch will be provided, travel expenses are available, and […]


Service User Consultation Meetings have been taking place during November and December in regions including North Lincs, Cumbria and Lancashire.  Our service users have given us lots of useful feedback on a range of issues and told us what they would like to see from Creative Support in 2014.  It’s not too late to share […]


Lindsey from Brandling Court imagines the festive fun of Christmas Day at Brandling Court: It was Christmas Day and there was a large Christmas tree with lights on, and parcels underneath. One for each tenant and staff. Tables were around the tree and no cars were in the car park as they had been parked […]


Social prescriptions are non-medical interventions used to improve mental health and wellbeing. This means that a doctor ‘prescribes’ treatment to work alongside, or as an alternative to, medication and psychological therapies – offering non-medical support within the community. This new intervention recognises the effect that factors such as social isolation have on mental health. People […]


December is Customer Care Month at Creative Support! Customer Care Month 2013 will highlight the importance of good customer care and celebrate the many achievements of staff, service users and volunteers. Customer Care Month will introduce The Creative Way, look at complaints, set out Creative Support’s customer care strategy for 2014 and name this year’s […]


Congratulations to Georgina, October’s Service User Achievement Award winner. She was nominated by Bob, a member of staff at our Kendal Floating Support service, who said: “Georgina has been campaigning for a ‘ring and ride’ service in Cumbria to help people with limited mobility attend local groups, GP surgeries, day centres and other services. She […]


Congratulations to Christopher, September’s Service User Achievement Award winner. He was nominated by Adam, a member of staff at our Darlington Physical & Sensory Impairment service, who said: “Unfortunately, Chris was recently targeted by pickpockets whilst out with friends and had his mobile phone stolen. As a result of the support he has been receiving, […]


Rebecca received the Employee of the Month prize for November. Louise, who nominated her, said: “Rebecca is a brilliant ambassador for the project and for Creative Support. She has innovative ideas to help service users move onto greater independence and she supports to regain confidence and do more activities in the local community by using […]


Creative Support celebrated International Men’s Day with two fantastic events this week. On Saturday 16th November in Middlesbrough we held an afternoon of activities including football, video games, and a moustache making craft workshop with local artist Gilly Rodgers. At our Courtyard Creativities venue in Leeds on Wednesday 20th November, guests enjoyed attractions including music […]


Creative Support service users and staff are invited to attend our third annual Quality Forum on Friday 22nd November from 11am – 3pm at our Birmingham Office (Water Street). The aims of the forum are: To provide an open forum for staff, service users and members of our Board of Trustees to discuss and plan […]


Creative Support staff can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Philippines Typhoon Appeal via Payroll Giving. For more information take a look at this poster, call David Seale on 0161 236 0829, or email david.seale@creativesupport.co.uk. To make a donation please complete a Payroll Giving Authoriastion Form and return it to our payroll team at head […]


Stop Hate UK has launched a new 24 hour helpline service, Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime. People in England and Wales who have experienced, witnessed or know someone who is experiencing learning disability hate crime can contact the helpline on 0808 802 1155 for support and information. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, […]


Our next Policy Review Group is taking place on Wednesday 11th December at our Slough Office, as part of Customer Care Month. At this meeting we will be discussing the Complaints and Suggestions Policy. You can also get involved by completing the Key Questions form and returning by email to Simon Stott. This could be […]


Congratulations to Michael, the winner of our latest Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Lesley, a member of staff at Howard Place, who said: “I nominated Michael for the Service User Achievement Award to acknowledge his determination to succeed living out in the community despite suffering from poor physical health at the moment. […]


The Service User Regional Consultation meetings are now underway, and in response to your feedback, are taking place in more locations than ever this year. This is your opportunity to have your say and make a real difference to the service you receive from Creative Support. At each meeting you will also hear what changes […]


In the Autumn edition of Creative Life magazine, Stephen from Bradford tells us about his hobby of writing and performing poetry. Stephen has been writing for five years and is inspired by ‘Punk Poet’ John Cooper Clarke. Stephen says, “I’m always looking out for an opportunity to perform myself or encourage others to try. I […]


Our Breakthrough service in Manchester held a spooky Halloween party on Thursday 31st October. The night started with a screening of a horror film which starred Breakthrough members and was shot at Creative Support’s Head Office. Halloween music and fancy dress outfits added to the scary atmosphere. Guests enjoyed a delicious ‘ghoulash’ soup with crusty […]


Ecotherapy is a form of therapy that aims to promote good mental and physical health, through outdoor activity in a green environment. Getting back to nature has always been hailed as good for your health, but recently the scientific community is recognising the benefits of being green fingered too. Ecotherapy can be: Green exercise therapy […]


The highlight of Housing Week 2013 was an awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of our tenants on Wednesday 16th October. Each winner received a trophy and £20 gift vouchers in recognition of their achievements. Their names and the reasons they were nominated are listed below: Tenant of the Year – Tony Denial: “A good neighbour […]


Sarah received the Employee of the Month prize for July. Emily, who nominated her, said: “Over the last 6 months Sarah has grown incredibly in confidence and assertiveness in our project. We work with service users that have challenging behaviour at Station Road and Sarah used to be very shy and reluctant to intervene. Sarah […]