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Creative Academy, the dedicated training arm of Creative Support have just released their 2016-2017 staff training questionnaire report, showing an overall satisfaction rate of over 80 per cent. Creative Academy strives to deliver inspirational and creative training opportunities for Creative Support staff members, service users and external organisations such as the Manchester Police, the University […]


Earlier this year we started a questionnaire and sent it out to find out what you thought of the services we offer. Martin O’Neill from Northampton was the lucky recipient of £100 in voucher for his responses to the survey. He was chosen at random from over 870 responses to our questionnaire that were sent in from […]


Tony is a regular contributor to our Creative Life magazine. Every week, he hosts Tony’s Time Machine on LDOK, an inclusive online radio station. In this blog post, he tells us about his experience over the last two years. January 2014 – After short trial runs of 1 hour per month, Tony’s Time Machine was […]


In this post, James shows us some of his latest art work. Thanks for sharing James! I got lots of ideas for painting from the artist Jackson Pollock. I go to an art class in Chorley, where I make amazing masterpieces! I call myself the Amazing Firecracker because “I’m on fire!” This painting is a […]


In this post, guest blogger Emma Bennett shares some great tips for planning a disability-friendly ‘staycation’, including some of her favourite UK holiday destinations! 

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Bond Forever


In this post, James tells us about his Bond collection – and gives some great advice on where to pick up some good bargains! When I went into Chorley to have a look around the shops, something caught my eye as I walked past a charity shop. I had to go and get it. It was […]


In this post, James returns to tell us about another one of his hobbies – collecting autographs from the stars of EastEnders. Check out James’ collection below!  I love watching soaps, such as Eastenders, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. I like the actors, actresses, the gossip they do and they’re easy to watch. I have a hobby of […]


In this post, our service user James shares some of his favourite locations for going on nature walks in Chorley! My name is James and I live in Chorley. I would like to tell you some things about Chorley. I go out on support and enjoy nature walks, canal walks and local parks. There is a […]


Every year, International Women’s Day recognises the achievements of women, and celebrates how far we have come in terms of equality. The theme for Women’s Day this year is ‘Make it Happen’- a call to further advance the position of women and girls and to recognise their many contributions to society. So, in the run-up […]


In our latest blog post, Creative Support service user Paul shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a good support worker. “What makes a good support recovery worker is one who takes interest in our pastimes and hobbies as well as helping us to get better at our own pace. All the staff […]


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 […]


Last night, ITV Tonight broadcast a report into the lives of people living with dementia. There are now about 800,000 people in the UK with the condition, and presenter Fiona Foster met experts and carers who help those with the illness cope. It’s now estimated that one in three people will develop dementia in the […]


World Book Day takes place on Thursday 6th May. World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading. It’s designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries all over the world. To celebrate, our service users and staff tell us […]


Brian, our regular blogger from the North East, writes about the health benefits of freshly squeezed juice! On 25th February, along with seven other service users, I attended a presentation given by Mark Robbins, the project manager at Albert Terrace, on the benefits of juicing. Prior to this, juice to me was something you bought […]


Thursday 6th February is Time to Talk Day. Mental health charities Rethink and Mind are leading the campaign that aims to show that “It’s the little things that make a big difference” when it comes to mental health – such as having a cup of tea and a chat. On Time to Talk Day we […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post. Now another year has come to an end, I feel inclined to reflect on my continuing progress during 2013. Though I still have the medical conditions that make it necessary to take various medications, that’s second nature now, which is […]


Lindsey from Brandling Court imagines the festive fun of Christmas Day at Brandling Court: It was Christmas Day and there was a large Christmas tree with lights on, and parcels underneath. One for each tenant and staff. Tables were around the tree and no cars were in the car park as they had been parked […]


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 […]


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 […]