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 […]

Today is the beginning of Creative Support’s Housing Week. This Wednesday we’re holding a fun and informative event in Manchester. We’re also encouraging our tenants to take part in a special challenge to receive a certificate of achievement, and all week we’ll be bringing you information on housing related matters. See below for a range […]

Autumn once again brings the annual Service User Regional Consultation meetings. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think of Creative Support’s service over the last year and what you would like us to do in the future. We will also update you on what we have done as a result of your […]

Smashing the stigma of mental illness was the aim of our special variety show in Manchester last night. Creative Support marked World Mental Health Day with a performance by service users. The event was held at The Frog and Bucket comedy club in Manchester and over a hundred of our service users, family, friends and […]

Congratulations to Sam, the winner of our latest Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Sam, a member of staff at The Crescent, who said: “Ever since the Dorman’s Disco started two years ago Sam has played a massive part in running it. He helps to take all of the equipment along and sets […]

World Mental Health Day 2013 takes place on Thursday 10th October. Creative Support’s services will be marking the occasion with events and activities around the country all this week. If you’re planning to get involved, email to tell us how – We’ll feature the best photos and stories in our upcoming World Mental Health Day special […]

Sandy Lane Gardening Group recently triumphed at the Eaves Brook in Bloom Awards 2013. The group were finalists in the Hanging Baskets and Communal Garden categories, and were delighted to be awarded certificates and a crystal trophy in special recognition of their efforts. Well done to the group, and a big thanks to Allan for […]

On Saturday 24th August, Creative Support took part in the Manchester Pride Parade for the fourth year running. The theme was ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ and everyone who attended dressed up for the occasion. Our float was decorated in a 1980s style as we toured the streets of the city playing our favourite songs from […]

Our Bradford services are celebrating the creative talents of their clients with an exciting art exhibition today. The event is open to all at The Delius Arts and Cultural Centre from 3pm – 7.30pm. Over 40 pieces of art will be on display and one overall winner will be chosen. Look out for more news […]

Creative Support is looking for new members who share our aim to promote the independence, inclusion and well-being of people with support needs. Apart from current members of staff, anyone who shares these aims can apply to become a member – you could be a service user, a tenant, a carer of someone supported by […]

Service users and staff at Creative Support’s Brownley Road project plan and arrange themed events every month. They held a masquerade ball in June, a cowboys and indians BBQ in July and, most recently, a 1960s flower power party in August with live music from a member of Herman’s Hermits. The latest event was a […]

Congratulations to Jean from Manchester, the winner of June’s Service User Achievement Award. She was nominated by Julie, who said: “Jean has recently overcome her anxiety of calling different places such as housing associations to report repairs for herself, making a positive step towards improving her independence! Whatever she comes up against she is well known […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brian is a regular contributor to the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post, another excerpt from his memoirs. I had no advance notice that a move from Edward Street was on the cards, but with hindsight this was probably a sensible move on their part. To be honest for a long time now […]