Arts and Creativity


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 […]


Creative Arts is holding an art exhibition to showcase the talents of the group’s members. The event, which opened on Monday 31st March, will run for two weeks upstairs at Kendal Library. The exhibition features a range of artwork, including drawings, paintings and collages. Creative Arts works with people with learning disabilities and mental health […]


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 […]


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 […]


In the Autumn edition of Creative Life magazine, Stephen from Bradford tells us about his hobby of writing and performing poetry. Stephen has been writing for five years and is inspired by ‘Punk Poet’ John Cooper Clarke. Stephen says, “I’m always looking out for an opportunity to perform myself or encourage others to try. I […]


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 […]


Creative Support will be marking World Mental Health Day with a variety show featuring our talented service users! The event takes place on Tuesday 8th October 2013  from 7pm – 11pm at The Frog and Bucket in Manchester city centre Would you like to take part? We’re looking for talented people to perform on the evening. Do you […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Helm, our drop-in service in Lancaster, held their Summer Craft Fair on Friday 31st May. The event was attended by Councillor June Ashworth, Mayor of Lancaster, who toured the project and greeted service users. Throughout the day, handicrafts made by members The Helm’s art, sewing and craft groups were on sale. There was a […]


The Helm, Creative Support’s service in Lancaster, is holding a Summer Craft Fair on Friday 31st May 2013 from 11am – 3pm. Handicrafts made by members of the service’s art, sewing and craft workshops will be on sale. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and activities for children including badge […]


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 […]


In January, Creative Support’s Breakthrough service won £37.73 from the Manchester Evening News’ Wish Campaign. Our dedicated service users and staff collected a fantastic 1,564 tokens to raise funds and buy some new supplies for the service. After careful consideration, the money has been put towards running new DJ skills sessions. Support worker Matthew – […]


Hi! My name is Mike Edwards and I am Development Officer for the North East region, working alongside Lucy Allen. I have worked for Creative Support since 2008, as a Support Worker on Middlesbrough’s Floating Support team. I enjoy working for Creative Support, meeting and working with service users and staff and I am looking […]


My name is Philip Sykes and I have been working for Creative Support since October 2006. Creative Support has given me years worth of varied roles and unforgettable experiences and has supported me to follow my own creative endeavours. I  studied New Music and Media at UCLAN in Preston and graduated in 2003. I learnt […]


The results of the Wish Campaign 2012, run by the Manchester Evening News, have finally been announced – and Breakthrough has won a prize of £37.73! Late last year, the MEN asked readers to collect tokens which made up a share of a prize pot. Creative Support’s dedicated service users and staff collected a fantastic […]


Looking to relax? Want to challenge yourself to be creative? Feeling in need of a little support and help with low mood, anxiety or other health issues? Hoping to support someone you know through creative activity? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then check out Start2. What is Start2? Start2 is […]