In our latest blog, Creative Support service user Tony tells us about his experiences of being a radio presenter on the inclusive online station LDOK.net, and explains why you should get involved: “My time as an LDOK radio presenter has been a great journey and experience. It began in the summer of 2013 (which sounds a little like […]


Two of our Support Workers from the West Midlands contacted us to tell us how the people they care for experienced discrimination on a trip to the cinema. Here, they discuss their experiences, and explain how the situation was resolved: Two service users from  Foresters Fold, Dudley Supported Living Service were the subject of discrimination […]


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 […]


Supermarket giants Asda and Tesco sparked nationwide outrage after selling a ‘mental patient’ costume for Halloween. There has been widespread criticism of the costumes as many felt it stigmatised those with mental illness. Asda’s costume consisted of a blood-stained white coat and fake meat cleaver, and Tesco’s offered a ‘psycho ward’ boiler suit with plastic […]


A big dose of exercise and a hearty dollop of commitment; is this one of the best medicines for mental illness? Doctors have been prescribing exercise, as well as medical treatment, in a bid to boost mental wellbeing and increase activity levels. These exercise on referral schemes follow the mantra of ‘happy heart, happy body, […]


Regular guest blogger Pete Baldwin presents ten tips for a healthy diet especially for Creative Support:   For more from Pete Baldwin please go to his website and follow him on Twitter.


Creative Support stood proud last weekend at the Manchester Pride festival! Pride is about raising awareness and celebrating the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community, and this year we did both! Only 46 years ago it was a criminal offence to be homosexual, but now many LGBT people are ‘out’ and their social visibility has […]


This time last year the Paralympics was in full swing; tears of joy were shed, records were broken and athletes basked in the glow of their gleaming medals. Paralympic fever grasped Britain and inspire they did. But when the last ball was kicked and the last length was swum, when the last medal was given […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Creative Support has a strong commitment to encouraging staff and service users to raise funds for other charities both locally and nationally. Last year everyone’s efforts raised an impressive £7167 for our corporate charity, WaterAid, as well as a range of others including: the DEC Haiti Appeal, George House Trust, Help for Heroes, Cerebral Palsy […]


In response to the government’s ‘Big Society’ idea and because we are passionate about social inclusion, we are starting a Creative Communities project across all our services to encourage our staff and service users to get more involved in their local communities. We will be producing a Creative Communities guide and we are holding a […]