Health and Wellbeing


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 […]


Earlier this year, service users and staff at Breakthrough Cyber Café recorded a series of video diaries on the themes of love, relationships and sex. The finished film will be screened for the first time at an event on Wednesday 12th June at Manchester Digital Laboratory from 2pm – 4pm. There will also be a […]


Wigan has certainly been in the football spotlight recently. Underdogs Wigan Athletic FC beat 2011-2012 Premier League champions Manchester City to win the FA Cup then went on to be relegated from the top flight. And last Saturday, Wigan Soccerdome played host to the biggest date in the football calendar: Creative Support’s annual 5-a-side football […]


On Saturday 18th May, service users and staff headed to Wigan, the home of the 2013 FA Cup winners, for Creative Support’s annual 5-a-side football tournament. Before kick-off, Pete Baldwin from PB Personal Training led a warm-up session to get the teams ready for the games ahead. This year, 24 teams participated in the tournament, […]


Creative Support’s football league, in partnership with the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is  now halfway through its fourth season. The football league, which takes place once a month at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, seeks to address the isolation, stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also supports and addresses issues around […]


Creative Support’s 5-a-side football tournament is taking place on Saturday 18th May this year at Lucozade Powerleague Soccerdome in Wigan from 11am – 6pm. The popular event, which has been held annually for the past four years, was won in 2012 by Vicvale Vikings from Cumbria. Places are available on a first come, first served basis. […]


Since February, our Get Active Grant has provided £2,500 of funding to projects encouraging our service users to become more fit and healthy. The closing date for applications has now passed. We are pleased to announce that we are relaunching our Gardening Grant which has already provided over £12,000 to enable our service users to […]


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 […]


13th March is No Smoking Day. To find out more about why you should quit, click the image below to view our infographic:


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 […]


The mornings are getting lighter, the sun is shining and it finally feels as though spring is just round the corner. Walking to work on a bright morning really puts me in a good mood for the day ahead – and I happily exchange smiles with strangers as I make my way to the office. […]


Bootcamp! Even the thought can give someone goosebumps. Well I definitely got them when I first got asked to go by my friend, but I am now a big fan of my regular training sessions in the park. Bootcamp for Beginners is available in many areas of the country but I go to the one in […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. Hi there, I’ve been chatting to member of staff Mark recently about the changes I’ve noticed in myself since I decided to accept the support that is there for the taking. 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 […]


I have tried a lot of diets in my time, and two of them that have recently been in the press are Weight Watchers and Slimming World. I am going to tell you a bit about what I think from my experiences of both. I joined Weight Watchers around two years ago after a really […]


We’re providing our projects with grants of up to £80 to encourage service users to improve their wellbeing and fitness. Why not take this opportunity to join the gym, organise a day trip outdoors, attend Zumba, yoga or chair exercise classes, or buy equipment to set up a gardening group? Innovative grant requests will be […]


Have you recently joined the gym to keep fit and healthy? Well in Melton Mowbray, it’s not a New Year’s Resolution, it’s old news! Sarah, who is supported by our Melton Outreach team in her own home, has been going to the gym for over 20 years “I wasn’t very fit as a teenager, so […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. The 15th of January saw me attend a Creative Support session about service users taking advantage of sports opportunities and other means of becoming active. They suggested starting at a steady pace […]


It’s that time of year when everyone is deciding what they want their New Year’s resolutions to be. AGAIN? I hear you say. Yes, the New Year has come around that quick! When it comes to New Year’s resolutions you always get the same old “I’m joining a gym”, “I’m going on a diet” … […]