We celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March at our projects around the country. In Manchester, we held three events across the city. Activities included a self-defence class held by Freedom Personal Safety, visits from Greater Manchester Police Community Support Officers, quizzes, Zumba, cake making competitions and Mother’s Day craft sessions. Guests at our […]

Spring Online Week is taking place from the 22nd to 26th of April 2013. The award winning campaign helps thousands of people learn about and use computers, the internet and technology. This year, the Digital Unite Trust is offering grants of £100 for people and organisations to hold digital taster events for their local communities. […]

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

Like my colleague I too have been watching Derek on Channel 4. Aside from being a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to watch (causing me to almost cry one minute then laugh uncontrollably the next) it does bring to light some very real issues which many other programme makers would fear to broach. One very […]

Monday 25th February sees the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, and this year the focus is on a petition that asks David Cameron to champion the world’s smallholder farmers at this year’s G8 meeting. Fairtrade is a movement that fights for farmers in developing countries to receive a fair wage for their produce – tea growers […]

The chances are, unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about ‘The 2013 meat adulteration scandal’, as it has been dubbed. The story first hit the headlines on 15th January when it was reported that horse DNA had been discovered in frozen beef burgers sold in several British and Irish supermarkets. […]

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. […]

Congratulations to Lyn from Liverpool, the winner of January’s Service User Achievement Award. She was nominated by Hannah, who said: “Lyn has a very active life and completed a 53 mile bike ride from Liverpool to Chester and back in the summer. Lyn is an inspiration to anyone who feels that their disability may hold […]

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 […]

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 […]

5th February 2012 is the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day. The occasion is an opportunity to raise awareness of how people can protect themselves by following a few simple guidelines whilst using the web for socialising, shopping, information and entertainment. You can visit our blog to read Five Top Tips Every Web User Should […]

We all know how fun and useful it is to use the internet for socialising, shopping, information and entertainment. So, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day, we’ve come up with a list of essential advice for taking care of yourself online. Choose a strong password and change it regularly ‘ilikecats’ is […]

Unless you have been living under a rock recently you will have heard, at least in passing, about Ricky Gervais’ new Channel 4 television show, Derek. Derek is a mockumentary which follows the daily affairs of a care home. We are introduced to the older men and women who reside in the care home, the […]

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 […]

Dignity Action Day falls on 1st February 2013 and provides an opportunity for health and social care workers, and the general public, to uphold people’s rights to dignity and give people who use care services a special occasion to celebrate. Treating people with dignity means showing them respect, giving them the opportunity to make choices […] has the largest number of registered users of all internet dating websites and claim that 1 in 5 relationships now start online. Online dating seems to be coming increasingly popular and it is now estimated that the global online dating industry is worth over £2Billion. There seems to be a growing number of adverts […]

My name is Philip Sykes and I have been working for Creative Support since October 2006. Creative Support has given me years worth of varied roles and unforgettable experiences and has supported me to follow my own creative endeavours. I  studied New Music and Media at UCLAN in Preston and graduated in 2003. I learnt […]

With snowy and icy conditions setting in across the country we set out some of our top tips on keeping warm in the chilly conditions: •If you’re heading outdoors, make sure that you wrap up warm. Put on a hat and scarf as you lose a lot of body heat when your head and neck […]