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On Thursday 2nd May, Albert Terrace Walking Group set out from Middlesbrough and arrived at Carlton in Cleveland with their walking equipment at hand. The weather was on their side with bright warm sunshine beaming down on the group. The first stage of their walk was a very steep lengthy incline, which everyone succeeded in […]


On Thursday 23rd May, Breakthrough hosted an event dedicated The Beatles to celebrate 50 years since the Fab Four played in Manchester. The evening featured film footage, a delicious buffet and a performance from Breakthrough’s resident music group, who entertained guests with Beatles classics such as Help! and Hey Jude. See the gallery below for […]


Wigan has certainly been in the football spotlight recently. Underdogs Wigan Athletic FC beat 2011-2012 Premier League champions Manchester City to win the FA Cup then went on to be relegated from the top flight. And last Saturday, Wigan Soccerdome played host to the biggest date in the football calendar: Creative Support’s annual 5-a-side football […]


On Saturday 18th May, service users and staff headed to Wigan, the home of the 2013 FA Cup winners, for Creative Support’s annual 5-a-side football tournament. Before kick-off, Pete Baldwin from PB Personal Training led a warm-up session to get the teams ready for the games ahead. This year, 24 teams participated in the tournament, […]


Brian is a regular contributor to the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post, another excerpt from his memoirs.  I was recently visited by my Social Worker in order that he could see at first hand my continuing improvement. He was pleased to see my obvious contentment and promised to inform my previous case […]


Our new men’s social group is meeting on a regular monthly basis for coffee mornings and day trips. Recently the group visited Salford Quays and spent an enjoyable afternoon exploring The Lowry gallery and Imperial War Museum North. The group was established by those who attended our International Men’s Day event in November 2012, and members […]


The death toll at the disaster in Savor, Bangladesh now stands at over 1,000 people, of which the vast majority are women. Cracks in the building’s foundations were noted days before the disaster, with safety concerns raised. Despite these concerns, and without a full safety inspection garment workers were forced back to work, with bosses […]


The Helm, Creative Support’s service in Lancaster, is holding a Summer Craft Fair on Friday 31st May 2013 from 11am – 3pm. Handicrafts made by members of the service’s art, sewing and craft workshops will be on sale. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and activities for children including badge […]


Creative Support’s football league, in partnership with the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is  now halfway through its fourth season. The football league, which takes place once a month at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, seeks to address the isolation, stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also supports and addresses issues around […]


Congratulation’s to Rashpal from Leicester, the winner of this month’s Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Christine, who said: “Rashpal was nominated for this award in recognition of his achievements within the local community. He attends numerous groups and meetings, and he is a local representative for Mencap. This is a fantastic achievement, […]


Brian is a regular contributor to the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post, an excerpt from his memoirs.  I thought it about time I wrote about the past compared to the present. To those who are aware of the circumstances that led to my social worker coming up with the decision to get […]