Hi! My name is Mike Edwards and I am Development Officer for the North East region, working alongside Lucy Allen. I have worked for Creative Support since 2008, as a Support Worker on Middlesbrough’s Floating Support team. I enjoy working for Creative Support, meeting and working with service users and staff and I am looking […]

Like my colleague I too have been watching Derek on Channel 4. Aside from being a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to watch (causing me to almost cry one minute then laugh uncontrollably the next) it does bring to light some very real issues which many other programme makers would fear to broach. One very […]

Monday 25th February sees the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, and this year the focus is on a petition that asks David Cameron to champion the world’s smallholder farmers at this year’s G8 meeting. Fairtrade is a movement that fights for farmers in developing countries to receive a fair wage for their produce – tea growers […]

The chances are, unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about ‘The 2013 meat adulteration scandal’, as it has been dubbed. The story first hit the headlines on 15th January when it was reported that horse DNA had been discovered in frozen beef burgers sold in several British and Irish supermarkets. […]

Hello Creative Supporters! I’d like to give you an update on my work in Kenya in the hope that it will inspire and motivate you to keep working in order to achieve any goals you may have set yourself for 2013. I got back from Kenya for the third time just before Christmas. When I […]

We are currently recruiting Support Workers for our Outreach team in Salford, to apply please click here. Rosamund is a Senior Support Worker in Salford currently working on our Outreach team. Below she has written a brief summary of her experience in the role. I currently work as part of the Outreach team in Salford; it’s […]

The mornings are getting lighter, the sun is shining and it finally feels as though spring is just round the corner. Walking to work on a bright morning really puts me in a good mood for the day ahead – and I happily exchange smiles with strangers as I make my way to the office. […]

Congratulations to Lyn from Liverpool, the winner of January’s Service User Achievement Award. She was nominated by Hannah, who said: “Lyn has a very active life and completed a 53 mile bike ride from Liverpool to Chester and back in the summer. Lyn is an inspiration to anyone who feels that their disability may hold […]

Bootcamp! Even the thought can give someone goosebumps. Well I definitely got them when I first got asked to go by my friend, but I am now a big fan of my regular training sessions in the park. Bootcamp for Beginners is available in many areas of the country but I go to the one in […]

Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. Hi there, I’ve been chatting to member of staff Mark recently about the changes I’ve noticed in myself since I decided to accept the support that is there for the taking. I […]

Like nearly everyone, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to get fit, to find my inner Adonis you might say. I made this resolution on 31st December but it took until mid February for me to actually take the plunge and sign up to a local gym. I hate gyms, the harsh lighting and […]

To coincide with Manchester City Council’s Hate Crime Awareness Week and the 10th anniversary of Safer Internet Day, we held a Hate Crime and Internet Safety event in Manchester on Friday 8th February. Guests watched a short film about hate crime and discussed the issue with guest speakers from Victim Support, the LGF and Greater […]

I have tried a lot of diets in my time, and two of them that have recently been in the press are Weight Watchers and Slimming World. I am going to tell you a bit about what I think from my experiences of both. I joined Weight Watchers around two years ago after a really […]

5th February 2012 is the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day. The occasion is an opportunity to raise awareness of how people can protect themselves by following a few simple guidelines whilst using the web for socialising, shopping, information and entertainment. You can visit our blog to read Five Top Tips Every Web User Should […]

We all know how fun and useful it is to use the internet for socialising, shopping, information and entertainment. So, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day, we’ve come up with a list of essential advice for taking care of yourself online. Choose a strong password and change it regularly ‘ilikecats’ is […]

Unless you have been living under a rock recently you will have heard, at least in passing, about Ricky Gervais’ new Channel 4 television show, Derek. Derek is a mockumentary which follows the daily affairs of a care home. We are introduced to the older men and women who reside in the care home, the […]

We’re providing our projects with grants of up to £80 to encourage service users to improve their wellbeing and fitness. Why not take this opportunity to join the gym, organise a day trip outdoors, attend Zumba, yoga or chair exercise classes, or buy equipment to set up a gardening group? Innovative grant requests will be […]

Dignity Action Day falls on 1st February 2013 and provides an opportunity for health and social care workers, and the general public, to uphold people’s rights to dignity and give people who use care services a special occasion to celebrate. Treating people with dignity means showing them respect, giving them the opportunity to make choices […]