North West


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 […]


Our new Liverpool Links service was launched on Tuesday 4th June 2013 by local Councillor Claire Glare and Creative Support Chief Executive Anna Lunts. Guests at the event enjoyed a drinks reception, buffet lunch, musical entertainment and the chance to explore the drop-in centre’s facilities. Liverpool Links offers a range of fun, educational and sociable […]


The Helm, our drop-in service in Lancaster, held their Summer Craft Fair on Friday 31st May. The event was attended by Councillor June Ashworth, Mayor of Lancaster, who toured the project and greeted service users. Throughout the day, handicrafts made by members The Helm’s art, sewing and craft groups were on sale. There was a […]


The Helm, Creative Support’s service in Lancaster, is holding a Summer Craft Fair on Friday 31st May 2013 from 11am – 3pm. Handicrafts made by members of the service’s art, sewing and craft workshops will be on sale. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and activities for children including badge […]


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 […]


Service users and staff at The Lighthouse, Creative Support’s service in Cleveleys, held an open day on Wednesday 24th April. The event was organised by members of the community group at The Lighthouse who have benefited from the service and wanted to make the local community aware of the events and advice on offer. Guests […]


In January, Creative Support’s Breakthrough service won £37.73 from the Manchester Evening News’ Wish Campaign. Our dedicated service users and staff collected a fantastic 1,564 tokens to raise funds and buy some new supplies for the service. After careful consideration, the money has been put towards running new DJ skills sessions. Support worker Matthew – […]


We are currently recruiting Support Workers for our Outreach team in Salford, to apply please click here. Rosamund is a Senior Support Worker in Salford currently working on our Outreach team. Below she has written a brief summary of her experience in the role. I currently work as part of the Outreach team in Salford; it’s […]


To coincide with Manchester City Council’s Hate Crime Awareness Week and the 10th anniversary of Safer Internet Day, we held a Hate Crime and Internet Safety event in Manchester on Friday 8th February. Guests watched a short film about hate crime and discussed the issue with guest speakers from Victim Support, the LGF and Greater […]


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 […]


To coincide with Manchester City Council’s Hate Crime Awareness Week and the 10th anniversary of Safer Internet Day, we’re hosting a Hate Crime and Safer Internet Day on Friday 8th February. The event will take place from 1pm until 4pm at Manchester Digital Laboratory, 36 – 40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN. Entry is free […]


If you’d like to experience some live sports action then we have exciting news for you! The Heroes Project, in partnership with Forever Manchester, is offering Creative Support service users the opportunity to watch Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club’s home games for free! Matches take place on various dates between now and March 2013 at […]


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 […]


The results of the Wish Campaign 2012, run by the Manchester Evening News, have finally been announced – and Breakthrough has won a prize of £37.73! Late last year, the MEN asked readers to collect tokens which made up a share of a prize pot. Creative Support’s dedicated service users and staff collected a fantastic […]


What is your job title? Graduate Development Officer What does this involve? A bit of everything – I am attached to one of the Directors so I work in several different areas in the North of England. What I’m doing tends to change from week to week depending on the development needs of different services. […]


LDOK is an inclusive online radio station which gives talented people living with a disability the chance to get experience coordinating a radio show. It is an important platform for the recognition, support, promotion and development of the UK’s disabled community. We have our own radio show on LDOK which is broadcast on Thursdays at […]


The new season starts on Friday 18th January at Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre. After last season’s promotions and relegations together with the addition of two new teams the League will take the format as outlined below. Division 2 matches will kick off at 11.00am. Therefore teams need to arrive at 10.45am at the very latest. […]


What is your job title? Tendering and Development Officer  What does this involve? Local Councils commission care and support services through a competitive tendering process. It is the job of myself and the other members of the Tendering and Development team to demonstrate that Creative Support has the expertise and experience to deliver the service […]


Members of Creative Support’s Trafford Compass service in Manchester recently visited Trafford Town Hall as part of the Construction Youth Trust’s Mobile Classroom initiative. On their visit to the site, where massive regeneration work is currently underway, participants learnt about the many different career opportunities within the construction industry and received mentoring from workers and […]


Members of Creative Support’s Breakthrough music group performed at the Night & Day Café in Manchester on Tuesday 20th November. An audience of friends, relatives and Creative Support staff enjoyed an evening of amazing performances. The show, entitled Breakthrough Rocks, was the pinnacle of two years of rehearsals by the group. Breakthrough’s music sessions, led […]