Guest blogger Pete Baldwin writes: “Working with Creative Support at their annual football tournament in May was one of my highlights of the year. I had a blast going through some light exercises to warm the players up before the tournament got under way. I even enjoyed refereeing a few games. Who said being a […]


On Thursday 25th July Creative Support’s North East services held a sports day and summer fair. Over 180 service users and staff attended the event in Middlesbrough at Acklam Grange School. The event received funding from Creative Support and also worked in partnership with Tees Valley Sports in receiving a grant from the Community Games project. […]


Creative Support’s Policy Review Group gives our service users an opportunity to provide feedback on our rules and guidelines. Policy Review Group meetings will take place every three months in a different part of the country so that everyone can come. At each group, there will be a speaker who is an expert on the issues […]


The Courtyard Café has been shortlisted in the Third Sector Excellence Awards in the Best Start Up category! The Third Sector Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of UK-based voluntary organisations, registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and campaigning groups. The Awards aim to reward examples of outstanding campaigns, strategies, projects and performance, backed up by […]


Duncan and Adam completed the Three Peaks Challenge back in March and their story features in the upcoming Summer edition of Creative Life. You can read about their achievement in Duncan’s own words below. The idea behind the walk was to raise money for the tenants of Eden Vale where we work and our aim […]


After lots of preparation and hard work, the Amazing Edibles plot at the Royal Horticultural Show at Tatton Park is now open, and is proving very popular. Members of Sandy Lane Gardening Group were part of a group of green fingered individuals made up of members of various community groups from Hyndburn and Accrington. They […]


We rolled up in our big blue van to the Brunswick Mill rehearsal studio, situated right in the heart of Manchester. The weather was sweltering outside and all I could think about was wearing a Hawaiian shirt on a beach, but today we had only one mission – we were going to rock! First up […]


Before joining Creative Support, I worked at one of the largest prisons in the UK and have seen, first hand, the negative impact of prison on those with mental illness. 72% of male and 70% of female sentenced prisoners suffer from two or more mental health disorders, and 20% of prisoners have four of the […]


Earlier this year, I injured my knee in a (terrifically embarrassing) ceilidh accident. It was badly bruised and remained swollen and sore for weeks afterwards – so for a while, I couldn’t move around as freely as I’m used to without suffering pain. While my knee went through the various shades of purple and brown […]


The sun has been shining for weeks now, and lots of people are making the most of the summer. The warm weather is perfect for trips out and lazy days in the garden – but the heat can also be bad for your health. Back in January, Development Officer Imogen shared her tips for braving […]


Work is well under way for Amazing Edibles entry into the RHS at Tatton Park next week. Gerry from Sandy Lane says: “We have been building the stand over the last two weekends at Gatty Park in Accrington. Yesterday the Parks Dept provided us with a wagon and we took all the stuff down to […]

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Dementia Dogs


As I was clicking through the BBC website on my train ride into work this morning, a video link at the bottom of the page about dementia dogs caught my eye. Having visited a number of Creative Support’s dementia care services and, like many others, witnessed family members live with dementia, I was keen to […]


It’s Men’s Health Week! What a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness of men’s mental health problems, tackle the destructive stigma that is attached to it and celebrate the men who speak out. Men make up 94% of the prison population, 90% of rough sleepers are men and men are three times more likely to commit […]


On Wednesday 10th July, Shawe Road held an open day for friends, families and local agencies. The service has recently been refurbished and the open day was a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic work that has been done at Shawe Road. Guests at the open day enjoyed a delicious buffet while DJ Errol entertained […]


Hi! My name is Lizz and I’ve recently started working for Creative Support. I work in the marketing department at Head Office, though I get to travel around to different projects’ events as part of my job. So far I’ve been to a barbecue in Tameside and to the National Media Museum in Bradford for […]


Our Choices For Life service in Hartlepool celebrated the opening of their new premises and Creative Café with an open day on Friday 5th July. The event, attended by guests including the Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council Christopher Akers-Belcher, included musical entertainment, craft sessions and an opportunity to tour the venue and sample some of […]


Congratulations to Brian from Stockton-on-Tees, the winner of April’s Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Tracey, who said: “Brian has shown courage and bravery in going ahead with eye surgery. This was a huge achievement for Brian as he was reluctant to attend due to a fear of hospitals. The surgery will greatly […]


Safeguarding month is an important feature in Creative Support’s annual calendar. We need to retain a focus on safeguarding and make sure everyone we support is aware of what it means and that all staff keep it at the forefront of work we do.  For this year’s safeguarding month there is a theme – hate […]


The Dorman’s Disco from strength to strength The Dorman’s Disco, a weekly disco hosted by Creative Support at the Dorman’s Club in Middlesbrough, has had a lot to cheer about lately. It has celebrated its second birthday, raised money for charity and is now expanding with the opening of a new night. The event began […]


I recently read an article about a new social networking site called Nextdoor.com that is proving very popular in America. The site aims to put its users in touch with people living in the same area. You register with your address then wait for your registration code to arrive in the post (to verify your […]