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?’ 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 […]

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 […]

Volunteers’ Week 2013 is taking place from 1st – 7th June. The annual occasion aims to celebrate the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Full details are available on the Volunteering England website. Creative Support would like to take this opportunity thank the people who give up their time to help our […]

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, […]

Congratulation’s to Rashpal from Leicester, the winner of this month’s Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Christine, who said: “Rashpal was nominated for this award in recognition of his achievements within the local community. He attends numerous groups and meetings, and he is a local representative for Mencap. This is a fantastic achievement, […]

Congratulation’s to John from Stockton-on-Tees, the winner of this month’s Service User Achievement Award. He was nominated by Brian, who said: “John is heading in the right direction to overcome his fear of attending medical appointments. This has been a big step for him, he has shown a great deal of courage and determination to […]

Creative Support’s Client Finance Week is now underway! On Thursday, the Client Finance Week Event will be taking place at the Mechanics’ Institute in Manchester and we’ll celebrate the achievements of service users and staff at our Client Finance Week awards ceremony. Thank you to everyone who has nominated in the Client Finance Week awards. […]

The latest winners of Creative Support’s staff awards have been announced! Jonathan from Leeds received the Employee of the Month prize for April. Simon, who nominated him, said: “Jonathan has developed an Excel spreadsheet that has many key service user documents in it. This allows you to type information into one document and automatically transfer this information into the relevant […]

Creative Support’s Client Finance Week is coming soon from 29th April – 3rd May 2013. During the week we’ll be highlighting important money matters in a series of helpful bulletins. We will also be holding an event and awards ceremony at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester on Thursday 2nd May. The day will be an […]

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 […]

Gardening is a great way to get active and to get outdoors. I personally find gardening therapeutic as it’s a great way to enjoy your hard work and you also benefit from being outdoors. If you choose to plant vegetables then you are able to enjoy the taste of all your work that has gone […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hello everybody! My name is James Gibbs, I’m a Scorpio who loves photography, cycling and travelling. I recently came home from two years travelling abroad, and I have been working for Creative Support since November 2012. I’m still very new to the organisation, but in the short time I’ve been here I’ve felt incredibly welcome and really enjoyed my work. I work as […]

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’ […]

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 […]