Causes and Awareness


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


In the UK, 70,000 children a year are born with a disability. But while a lot of resources go into ensuring people with disabilities lead full and empowered lives, governed by their own choices, are we guilty of neglecting the unpaid carers who support people with disabilities every day? Channel 4’s ‘Born to be Different’ […]


Wednesday 20th March was the first ever ‘International Happiness Day.’ I hadn’t realised this until turning on the radio, and the cheery presenter informed me that today was the day to feel happy. I remember thinking, “hang on, just because it’s International Happiness Day, doesn’t mean I can automatically be happy. I can’t just turn […]


Paul Hardman, avid football fan and Support Coordinator at Creative Support’s Blackburn Social Inclusion Service, has been finding out about a pioneering sportsman and the history of prejudice in the beautiful game and society at large: “Following the postponement of Northampton Town’s match at Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday, I took my youngest son to learn about a […]


Yesterday, Time to Change – a programme which aims to end discrimination faced by people with mental health problems – held a Meet the Media event for print journalists. The event – which took place on the same day as a deal to regulate the press was struck – aimed to challenge the myths and […]


Comic Relief is a British charity founded in 1985 by the scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry. The main event of the Comic Relief’s appeal is Red Nose Day which usually occurs on the second or third Friday in March. Its aim is to bring about a positive and lasting change in the lives […]


We celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March at our projects around the country. In Manchester, we held three events across the city. Activities included a self-defence class held by Freedom Personal Safety, visits from Greater Manchester Police Community Support Officers, quizzes, Zumba, cake making competitions and Mother’s Day craft sessions. Guests at our […]


Today is International Women’s Day, which is likely to be close to the hearts of many of the people reading this article. Social care is one of the few industries which is dominated by women and in 2012 apparently 82% of Care Home Managers in England were women. Certainly when Creative Support recruits the number […]


Monday 25th February sees the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, and this year the focus is on a petition that asks David Cameron to champion the world’s smallholder farmers at this year’s G8 meeting. Fairtrade is a movement that fights for farmers in developing countries to receive a fair wage for their produce – tea growers […]


Hello Creative Supporters! I’d like to give you an update on my work in Kenya in the hope that it will inspire and motivate you to keep working in order to achieve any goals you may have set yourself for 2013. I got back from Kenya for the third time just before Christmas. When I […]


Like nearly everyone, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to get fit, to find my inner Adonis you might say. I made this resolution on 31st December but it took until mid February for me to actually take the plunge and sign up to a local gym. I hate gyms, the harsh lighting and […]


5th February 2012 is the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day. The occasion is an opportunity to raise awareness of how people can protect themselves by following a few simple guidelines whilst using the web for socialising, shopping, information and entertainment. You can visit our blog to read Five Top Tips Every Web User Should […]


We all know how fun and useful it is to use the internet for socialising, shopping, information and entertainment. So, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day, we’ve come up with a list of essential advice for taking care of yourself online. Choose a strong password and change it regularly ‘ilikecats’ is […]


Dignity Action Day falls on 1st February 2013 and provides an opportunity for health and social care workers, and the general public, to uphold people’s rights to dignity and give people who use care services a special occasion to celebrate. Treating people with dignity means showing them respect, giving them the opportunity to make choices […]


Match.com has the largest number of registered users of all internet dating websites and claim that 1 in 5 relationships now start online. Online dating seems to be coming increasingly popular and it is now estimated that the global online dating industry is worth over £2Billion. There seems to be a growing number of adverts […]


To coincide with Manchester City Council’s Hate Crime Awareness Week and the 10th anniversary of Safer Internet Day, we’re hosting a Hate Crime and Safer Internet Day on Friday 8th February. The event will take place from 1pm until 4pm at Manchester Digital Laboratory, 36 – 40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN. Entry is free […]