Health and Wellbeing


In this post, our service user James shares some of his favourite locations for going on nature walks in Chorley! My name is James and I live in Chorley. I would like to tell you some things about Chorley. I go out on support and enjoy nature walks, canal walks and local parks. There is a […]


Season six of the Creative Support Football League at Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre came to a close on Friday 20th June. Everton were crowned Division 1 champions, Wigan topped Division 2, and Stockport Utd won the Social Inclusion Cup! The new season begins on Friday 18th July and there are two places available in Division […]


Press Release: NIA from Birmingham win the shield at Creative Support’s 5-a-side football tournament For all press enquiries, please call Claire Croskery on 0161 236 0829 or email claire.croskery@creativesupport.co.uk


Press Release: Blackburn Brasilia win the cup at Creative Support’s 5-a-side football tournament For all press enquiries, please call Claire Croskery on 0161 236 0829 or email claire.croskery@creativesupport.co.uk


Last night, ITV Tonight broadcast a report into the lives of people living with dementia. There are now about 800,000 people in the UK with the condition, and presenter Fiona Foster met experts and carers who help those with the illness cope. It’s now estimated that one in three people will develop dementia in the […]


Brian, our regular blogger from the North East, writes about the health benefits of freshly squeezed juice! On 25th February, along with seven other service users, I attended a presentation given by Mark Robbins, the project manager at Albert Terrace, on the benefits of juicing. Prior to this, juice to me was something you bought […]


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 […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post. Now another year has come to an end, I feel inclined to reflect on my continuing progress during 2013. Though I still have the medical conditions that make it necessary to take various medications, that’s second nature now, which is […]


Social prescriptions are non-medical interventions used to improve mental health and wellbeing. This means that a doctor ‘prescribes’ treatment to work alongside, or as an alternative to, medication and psychological therapies – offering non-medical support within the community. This new intervention recognises the effect that factors such as social isolation have on mental health. People […]


Regular guest blogger Pete Baldwin presents ten tips to fit exercise into your busy lifestyle: As modern day society is becoming more hectic, it’s important that we avoid using the ‘I just don’t have the time for exercise’ excuse. We can all get set in our ways, whether we’re busy or not but it only […]


A big dose of exercise and a hearty dollop of commitment; is this one of the best medicines for mental illness? Doctors have been prescribing exercise, as well as medical treatment, in a bid to boost mental wellbeing and increase activity levels. These exercise on referral schemes follow the mantra of ‘happy heart, happy body, […]


Regular guest blogger Pete Baldwin presents ten tips for a healthy diet especially for Creative Support:   For more from Pete Baldwin please go to his website and follow him on Twitter.


Guest blogger Pete Baldwin writes: “Working with Creative Support at their annual football tournament in May was one of my highlights of the year. I had a blast going through some light exercises to warm the players up before the tournament got under way. I even enjoyed refereeing a few games. Who said being a […]


On Thursday 25th July Creative Support’s North East services held a sports day and summer fair. Over 180 service users and staff attended the event in Middlesbrough at Acklam Grange School. The event received funding from Creative Support and also worked in partnership with Tees Valley Sports in receiving a grant from the Community Games project. […]


Duncan and Adam completed the Three Peaks Challenge back in March and their story features in the upcoming Summer edition of Creative Life. You can read about their achievement in Duncan’s own words below. The idea behind the walk was to raise money for the tenants of Eden Vale where we work and our aim […]


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 […]


The sun has been shining for weeks now, and lots of people are making the most of the summer. The warm weather is perfect for trips out and lazy days in the garden – but the heat can also be bad for your health. Back in January, Development Officer Imogen shared her tips for braving […]

Jul

16

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 […]

Jun

13

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 […]