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Congratulations to Michael, the winner of our latest Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Lesley, a member of staff at Howard Place, who said: “I nominated Michael for the Service User Achievement Award to acknowledge his determination to succeed living out in the community despite suffering from poor physical health at the moment. […]


The Service User Regional Consultation meetings are now underway, and in response to your feedback, are taking place in more locations than ever this year. This is your opportunity to have your say and make a real difference to the service you receive from Creative Support. At each meeting you will also hear what changes […]


The highlight of Housing Week 2013 was an awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of our tenants on Wednesday 16th October. Each winner received a trophy and £20 gift vouchers in recognition of their achievements. Their names and the reasons they were nominated are listed below: Tenant of the Year – Tony Denial: “A good neighbour […]


Sarah received the Employee of the Month prize for July. Emily, who nominated her, said: “Over the last 6 months Sarah has grown incredibly in confidence and assertiveness in our project. We work with service users that have challenging behaviour at Station Road and Sarah used to be very shy and reluctant to intervene. Sarah […]


Today is the beginning of Creative Support’s Housing Week. This Wednesday we’re holding a fun and informative event in Manchester. We’re also encouraging our tenants to take part in a special challenge to receive a certificate of achievement, and all week we’ll be bringing you information on housing related matters. See below for a range […]


Autumn once again brings the annual Service User Regional Consultation meetings. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think of Creative Support’s service over the last year and what you would like us to do in the future. We will also update you on what we have done as a result of your […]


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 […]


Congratulations to Sam, the winner of our latest Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Sam, a member of staff at The Crescent, who said: “Ever since the Dorman’s Disco started two years ago Sam has played a massive part in running it. He helps to take all of the equipment along and sets […]


Supermarket giants Asda and Tesco sparked nationwide outrage after selling a ‘mental patient’ costume for Halloween. There has been widespread criticism of the costumes as many felt it stigmatised those with mental illness. Asda’s costume consisted of a blood-stained white coat and fake meat cleaver, and Tesco’s offered a ‘psycho ward’ boiler suit with plastic […]


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 […]


Creative Support is looking for new members who share our aim to promote the independence, inclusion and well-being of people with support needs. Apart from current members of staff, anyone who shares these aims can apply to become a member – you could be a service user, a tenant, a carer of someone supported by […]


Congratulations to Jean from Manchester, the winner of June’s Service User Achievement Award. She was nominated by Julie, who said: “Jean has recently overcome her anxiety of calling different places such as housing associations to report repairs for herself, making a positive step towards improving her independence! Whatever she comes up against she is well known […]


Creative Support’s Policy Review Group gives our service users an opportunity to provide feedback on our rules and guidelines. Policy Review Group meetings will take place every three months in a different part of the country so that everyone can come. At each group, there will be a speaker who is an expert on the issues […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Hi! My name is Lizz and I’ve recently started working for Creative Support. I work in the marketing department at Head Office, though I get to travel around to different projects’ events as part of my job. So far I’ve been to a barbecue in Tameside and to the National Media Museum in Bradford for […]


Congratulations to Brian from Stockton-on-Tees, the winner of April’s Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Tracey, who said: “Brian has shown courage and bravery in going ahead with eye surgery. This was a huge achievement for Brian as he was reluctant to attend due to a fear of hospitals. The surgery will greatly […]