Opinion


Every year, International Women’s Day recognises the achievements of women, and celebrates how far we have come in terms of equality. The theme for Women’s Day this year is ‘Make it Happen’- a call to further advance the position of women and girls and to recognise their many contributions to society. So, in the run-up […]


In our latest blog post, Creative Support service user Paul shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a good support worker. “What makes a good support recovery worker is one who takes interest in our pastimes and hobbies as well as helping us to get better at our own pace. All the staff […]


Two of our Support Workers from the West Midlands contacted us to tell us how the people they care for experienced discrimination on a trip to the cinema. Here, they discuss their experiences, and explain how the situation was resolved: Two service users from  Foresters Fold, Dudley Supported Living Service were the subject of discrimination […]


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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 […]


I recently read an article about a new social networking site called Nextdoor.com that is proving very popular in America. The site aims to put its users in touch with people living in the same area. You register with your address then wait for your registration code to arrive in the post (to verify your […]


The death toll at the disaster in Savor, Bangladesh now stands at over 1,000 people, of which the vast majority are women. Cracks in the building’s foundations were noted days before the disaster, with safety concerns raised. Despite these concerns, and without a full safety inspection garment workers were forced back to work, with bosses […]


Today is International Women’s Day, which is likely to be close to the hearts of many of the people reading this article. Social care is one of the few industries which is dominated by women and in 2012 apparently 82% of Care Home Managers in England were women. Certainly when Creative Support recruits the number […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Match.com 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 […]


Earlier this week I was delighted to hear that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, had blocked the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States. The American authorities had been engaged in a seven-year battle to get McKinnon, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, sent to the U.S. to face charges with an attached prison sentence of […]


As Creative Support’s Campaigns representative it was really important to me that we attended the Conservative Party conference. In a year when there have been so many announcements regarding health and social care, a chance to hear these plans in more detail from people in government was a crucial part of preparing Creative Support for […]


At today’s Tory Conference George Osborne has confirmed the Conservative Party’s intentions to cut benefits budgets by a further £10 billion. £10 billion will be cut from the Welfare Bill by 2016 – 17, on top of the £18 billion worth of cuts already announced in 2010. Suggestions to cut the cost of benefits include: […]


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. […]


Following the closure of an inspirational summer of sports, Dame Kelly Holmes has revealed that she self harmed on a number of occasions before her victory at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Holmes was apparently driven to cut her arms and chest after growing pressure to succeed in her sport, and due to a prolonged […]


Panorama has spent much of the spring and summer months filming in Shadsworth, a deprived estate in Blackburn. The finished documentary was aired on BBC1 last night at 9.00pm with the alleged intention of giving a balanced view of life on the estate. Having watched the documentary I can’t help but feel extremely disappointed with […]