Health and Wellbeing


Creative Support’s Health Grant will be closing on Wednesday 9th January. The grant ran throughout Autumn and we have been really impressed by the number of our service users who have requested grants for a variety of items, classes and events that will help them to become fit and healthy. Over £3000 has been spent […]


2012 has been an exciting year in the world of disability sports, and the stars of this summer’s Paralympics shone brightly at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, held at the Excel Centre in London on Sunday 16th December. Three Paralympic athletes were nominated for the overall Sports Personality of the Year prize: […]


Check out the flashmob which some of our staff and service users in Birmingham took part in on the 10th December! A flashmob is a group of people who appear out of nowhere to perform an action in sync. Service users, family and friends, volunteers and professionals got together to publicly dance to ‘Cha Cha […]


World AIDS Day is held on 1st December every year. The occasion gives people the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. On this day people show their support for people living with HIV and AIDS and also remember those who have sadly passed away. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the immune […]


With the nights getting longer and the weather becoming colder we are all at risk of developing dreaded cold and flu like symptoms. In order to keep these bugs at bay there are a number of things we can do to maintain our health this winter season – read on to discover our top tips! […]


On Monday 19th November we celebrated International Men’s Day with an afternoon of discussion, entertainment and information for our male service users and staff at Manchester Digital Laboratory. The event aimed to encourage men to take care of their physical and mental health and promote positive male role models. Guests enjoyed a variety of music and […]


12th – 16th November is World Kindness Week, which is celebrated all over the world. What is kindness? An act of kindness is a spontaneous gesture of good will towards someone. What do you think about when you hear the word kindness? Being caring, thoughtful, considerate, understanding. What will you do to show someone kindness? […]


In the upcoming month Creative Support will be celebrating International Men’s Day by holding a celebration event in central Manchester. The event will include speakers, performance poetry and workshops. Many Creative Support employees and service users will also be supporting Movember, the campaign that raises awareness about prostate cancer through competitive moustache growing. We look […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. I find writing these blogs very helpful to my continuing general improvement. I still recall the early days here at Albert Terrace. The feeling: “I guess this is just temporary until social […]


Schizophrenia is characterized by paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking, social withdrawal and cognition problems, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you or someone you love suffers from schizophrenia, you know first-hand how this serious mental illness can affect life. Typically, schizophrenia is treated through the use of medications and psychotherapy. However, alongside […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. Well I boldly went where no Brian had gone before! The 18th saw me go with my friend and fellow service user Stephen to a healthy eating group. I must admit I […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. After been informed by the staff here at the project that I should be able to contact my Social Worker regarding the purchasing of new clothing, I was accompanied to the Benefits […]


People can develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they have been the victim of, or witness to, a traumatic event. This could include a serious accident, a natural disaster, a violent crime, or domestic violence. This list is certainly not exhaustive, and some people may have experienced many traumatic events over a period of […]


Brian is a regular blogger for the Creative Support blog. Here is his latest post on what he has been up to recently. Our walking group, small though it is (hint hint), may have to take a break due the inclement weather. But we have no intention of letting the idea die. What we plan […]


Many of the people that we support, and in the wider community, suffer from chronic conditions that cause them to feel pain or tiredness throughout the day. Conditions such as Lupus, ME and Fibromyalgia can leave you feeling incredibly drained, with no warning about when your symptoms will flare up. This means that you can […]


The health grant is now available from October to the end of December 2012. Please note that this grant is only available to Creative Support projects. Send application forms to Suzy Kennedy at Creative Support, Fifth Floor Dale House, 35 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HF. Tel. 0161 236 0829     Fax. 0161 228 0569 […]


Creative Support attended a Health and Wellbeing Day organised by the Somali Adult Social Care Association on Wednesday 26th September. At the event, held at the Trinity House Community Centre in Rusholme, staff from our Manchester Community Services were on hand to provide information on the care we offer in the local area. Other organisations which […]


My first day at Creative Support was Monday 18th June 2012. Before then I had worked for a year in a high street bookmakers. When I tell people this they are generally quite surprised although I’m not really sure why … When I took the job at the bookies I had just graduated from University. […]


From my early beginnings at Creative Support nervous apprehension filled my waking hours: can I, will they, what if … the list seemed endless! But as the days and weeks passed I gradually realised this was not some sort of detention centre do it our way or else! Not at all, the truth as I […]


Last week the government announced new plans which mean that people receiving treatment for cancer will no longer be required to seek employment in return for receiving their sickness benefits. Cancer patients will also be asked to through a simplified process for their Employment Support Allowance where they will only have to supply a GP’s […]