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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 […]


“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or […]


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 […]

Jun

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Carers Week


This week it’s Carers Week, 10th- 16th June. The first question you might ask when you hear that it’s Carers Week is ‘What is a carer?’ Carers.org defines a carer as, ‘someone of any age who provides paid or unpaid support to people who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for […]


The National Health Service has recently experienced some pretty big changes, but hopefully if you are accessing health services such as your local GP or hospital you shouldn’t notice anything different. The changes are mainly to do with how things are funded, and who makes the decisions about how services should be delivered. As part […]


National Smile Month, which began in May and continues until 20th June, is the UK’s largest campaign to promote oral health. The month gives people the opportunity to learn more about oral health and find out just why it is so important to their overall wellbeing. Brushing and flossing your teeth only takes a few […]


Michael from our outreach service in Leicestershire has been busy organising a monthly disco for local Creative Support service users. The disco, which runs on Thursday evenings once monthly, from 7pm until 9pm is organised and DJ’d by Michael. Held at the local community centre, Michael charges £4 a ticket which covers the cost of […]


I had been smoking for 29 years since the age of 19 and I smoked in latter years approximately 60 cigarettes per day.  I had problems breathing and so decided to go to my doctor who asked the nurse to give me a breathing test and she also tested my lungs.  She nurse asked me […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Digital Unite’s Spring Online campaign takes place this week. This annual event is dedicated to encouraging more people to join the online world. Spring Online began life as Silver Surfers’ Day back in 2002. The aim was to introduce older people to the world of technology by encouraging libraries, community centres, schools and sheltered housing […]


As I turned on my computer this morning (one in a long line of things I switched on this morning – light switch, kettle, shower, phone charger, hair straighteners – all this before I even left the house) I saw today’s Google doodle, a cartoon pastoral scene reminding me that it’s Earth Day. What is […]


Gardening is a great way to get active and to get outdoors. I personally find gardening therapeutic as it’s a great way to enjoy your hard work and you also benefit from being outdoors. If you choose to plant vegetables then you are able to enjoy the taste of all your work that has gone […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. Hello it’s The Prisoner here again! Well “I am number 6” – you need to have one foot in the grave like me to remember the BBC comedy starring Richard Wilson and […]


Sunday 7th April is World Health Day. The day marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948 and each year there is a theme which highlights a priority area for public health concern in the world. This year’s theme is blood pressure. High blood pressure is a condition that affects […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. On Monday the 1st April we visited the historic city of York in the company of Linda Robinson, one of my support team. This had come about at my request to avoid […]


My colleague Lucy and I attended an event recently. Little Cog, a disability arts organisation, hosted Love and Hate in the Tees Valley: Champions of Change. The event was the culmination of a project aimed at raising the profile of disability hate crime. The project involved workshops in schools and with statutory bodies designed to […]


Today is Worldwide Autism Awareness Day, when people all over the world are asked to educate themselves a little bit more on what autism is and how we can support people who are on the autistic spectrum. So what do we actually need to know about autism? Autism encompasses a broad range of brain disorders […]