Creative Support runs a number of creativity competitions throughout the year for art work, handicrafts, creative writing, photography, music and drama. Details are put on the website, in Creative Life and flyers are sent out to all projects and services. As well as our one-off competitions, we hold an annual creativity competition towards the end of the year and images of the 12 winning entries, be they art, crafts or photos are included in our Creative Support calendar for the following year. Even if you don’t win a prize, your work could appear in our website and if you do not want to enter a competition but would like to see some of your creativity on the website, please do send it in to the Marketing Team at head office.
We also have a monthly Service User Achievement Award worth £50, which is judged by a panel of service users. If you know of a service user or tenant who has achieved something special you can nominate them for the award. For more information, contact Rebecca Simpson on 0161 236 0829.
And in 2011 we introduced the Volunteering Awards, which you can read more about on the Creative Communities page.
In addition to these, some of the events we put on, locally, regionally and nationally have competitions and awards attached to them. In 2011, to celebrate World Mental Health Day we held a national Creative Support’s Got Talent competition for people with mental health needs, with the finals at Band on the Wall in Manchester. The very deserving winner, Thomas Regan, took home the trophy and £300 prize money. We also held a Creative Communities Art Competition for illustrations to include in our Creative Communities Guide. Look out for more one off competitions and awards in 2012.
Every year we hold a range of events that bring people together from projects across the different regions and throughout the country, where old friendships are renewed and new ones develop. These include a full day’s celebration of International Women’s Day, the annual 5-a-side football tournament, festive celebrations and more.
2010 saw our first entry into the Manchester Pride parade over the August Bank Holiday, with a small group of staff and service users walking the route. In 2011 we went one better with a Creative Support party float, carrying 25 or so staff and service users in fancy dress – you can read more about this and see the photos in the News section of the website. Everyone wants to go bigger and better next year and if you would like to be involved in planning our entry and/or to take part in the parade, contact Suzanne Morton at head office.
If you have a good idea for a social event, why not organise your own and invite other nearby projects? For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org And if you do hold an event, be sure to send the Marketing Team some photos and a short report about it, which they can include in the newsletter and on the website.
We also always need willing volunteers to help out with planning and coordinating events. If you have some spare time and would like to help out, please contact Harriet Knowles.
A group of service users and tenants from the Midlands and the North West who love making films were involved in the making of the Creative Support 20th Anniversary documentary with the professional film production company, Zemap. The Warrington Drama Group also worked with Zemap to write and produce a fictional drama, ‘Life’s What You Make It’, which you can watch in the Video Gallery of the website. Following on from the success of these projects, we have set up a Film Making Club that will meet twice a month at our head office in Manchester to look at different topics related to film making, including the different genres of film, use of sound, camera work, lighting, etc. There will be a hands-on element to the club so that people can gain experience of actually making and editing films. If you would like more information on joining the Club, whether to take part as an actor or filming and editing, or for general interest, contact Ben Thomas at head office.