Causes and Awareness


In June we are celebrating Creative Communities Month! We’ll be offering advice and information, and giving you the opportunity to get involved in events and activities! Please see below for a list of useful resources which will be updated in the coming weeks: Community Champion Awards: Nomination Form Creative Communities Month: Week One Bulletin Creative […]


May is Creative Support’s Older Persons’ Month. An events fund is available to relevant services. Please complete this application form and return it by email to natasha.parmar@creativesupport.co.uk. Below is a list of useful resources  which will be updated throughout Older Persons’ Month: Information on Creative Support’s Older Persons’ Services Older Persons’ Month – Useful Links […]


This year, Dignity Action Day took place on Saturday 1st February, and Creative Support will be focussing on this important issue throughout the month. We’re asking our service users to share their thoughts on dignity by completing this questionnaire. Please return completed forms to lizz.clark@creativesupport.co.uk by email, or by post to our head office. We’ll […]


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 […]


January is Health and Wellbeing Month at Creative Support! January is a great time to make resolutions to improve your health and wellbeing and make positive changes to feel happier and healthier. Fill in the pledge sheet below and revisit it again on Friday 31st January to see how you’ve got on. Share your stories […]


December is Customer Care Month at Creative Support! Customer Care Month 2013 will highlight the importance of good customer care and celebrate the many achievements of staff, service users and volunteers. Customer Care Month will introduce The Creative Way, look at complaints, set out Creative Support’s customer care strategy for 2014 and name this year’s […]


Creative Support staff can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Philippines Typhoon Appeal via Payroll Giving. For more information take a look at this poster, call David Seale on 0161 236 0829, or email david.seale@creativesupport.co.uk. To make a donation please complete a Payroll Giving Authoriastion Form and return it to our payroll team at head […]


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 […]


World Mental Health Day 2013 takes place on Thursday 10th October. Creative Support’s services will be marking the occasion with events and activities around the country all this week. If you’re planning to get involved, email marketing@creativesupport.co.uk to tell us how – We’ll feature the best photos and stories in our upcoming World Mental Health Day special […]


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 […]


On Saturday 24th August, Creative Support took part in the Manchester Pride Parade for the fourth year running. The theme was ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ and everyone who attended dressed up for the occasion. Our float was decorated in a 1980s style as we toured the streets of the city playing our favourite songs from […]


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 […]


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 […]


Earlier this year, I injured my knee in a (terrifically embarrassing) ceilidh accident. It was badly bruised and remained swollen and sore for weeks afterwards – so for a while, I couldn’t move around as freely as I’m used to without suffering pain. While my knee went through the various shades of purple and brown […]

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Dementia Dogs


As I was clicking through the BBC website on my train ride into work this morning, a video link at the bottom of the page about dementia dogs caught my eye. Having visited a number of Creative Support’s dementia care services and, like many others, witnessed family members live with dementia, I was keen to […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]