Yearly Archives: 2019

In the her last blog of the year CEO Anna Lunts reflects on the season of goodwill

In the her last blog of the year CEO Anna Lunts reflects on the season of goodwill


Christmas can be a difficult time of the year for many reasons. This year the run up to the festive season has been marked by a mid-December election which has exposed the political divisions across our country. Speaking in Tony Blair’s former constituency of Sedgefield in County Durham last Saturday,…

Sergio Aguero’s boots kick start football fundraising at the Butler’s Arms

Sergio Aguero’s boots kick start football fundraising at the Butler’s Arms


The Creative Support Social Inclusion Football League held a huge charity raffle this week with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero’s boots as top prize. Players, friends, family, supporters and sponsors of the League gathered at the Butler’s Arms in Pleasington for the prize draw on Thursday (December 12) which has…

Creative Support joins the green revolution with cash grants for gardening projects

Creative Support joins the green revolution with cash grants for gardening projects


          Creative Support has opened a new programme of grants focusing on gardening to support ground-breaking projects across the country. Over the last year initiatives like ‘Green Goals’ and the Sunflower Challenge have been a great success. Now the organisation is looking to encourage even more…

Creative Support celebrates another year of amazing achievements

Creative Support celebrates another year of amazing achievements


Around two hundred Creative Support staff, volunteers, tenants and service users gathered at the McDonald Hotel in Manchester this week (Wednesday 4 December) for a glittering awards ceremony. The annual event marks the outstanding achievements of people supported by Creative Support along with staff, tenants and volunteers. The gala got…

Creative Support gardening group plants wildlife haven

Creative Support gardening group plants wildlife haven


Members of the gardening group at Sunny Bank in Burnley have been taking part in a national scheme to re-introduce hedging. Earlier this year the group began transforming a patch of lawn into a vegetable garden. Now, with the help of the Woodland Trust, they’ve started planting a hedge, made…

Creative Support’s Annual Extravaganza


Next week (December 4) is our much-anticipated annual Creative Support Gala. This year the event will be held at the Manchester Macdonald Hotel. It’s an opportunity for staff, trustees, our tenants and the people we support to come together to mark the many achievements of the previous year. We are…

Grayson Perry choses Creative Support artist for national exhibition

Grayson Perry choses Creative Support artist for national exhibition


The work of Phillip Knights, who’s supported by Creative Support in Darlington, has been chosen by world renowned artist Grayson Perry to feature in a national art exhibition. Philip’s work was placed second in a competition judged by a team of distinguished artists including Grayson Perry, famous for his ceramic…

“Don’t lose the right to vote” – urges CEO

“Don’t lose the right to vote” – urges CEO


  National Care provider, Creative Support, is launching a campaign encouraging all its staff and service users to register to vote. Managers and support staff are being urged to register themselves and also to work with service-users to help them to register before the deadline at midnight on Tuesday 26…

Inspired by nature – artists at the Laurels exhibit their work

Inspired by nature – artists at the Laurels exhibit their work


  Talented artists at the Laurels Residential Care Home have been displaying their work to family and friends at a special exhibition. The exhibition, held on Saturday (November 9th), marked the end of a 16-week residency by artist Gill White at the Carlisle home. The residency was designed and developed…

In her blog this week our CEO, Anna Lunts, looks at the long-term impact of austerity


Apprentice star Claude Littner, Lord Sugar’s straight-talking, right hand man, caused outrage last week when he suggested, on Twitter, that a nurse forced to use food banks should work longer hours or take an additional part-time job. Claude said he was trying to find a practical solution to a nurse…

Creative Together marks its first anniversary

Creative Together marks its first anniversary


Tuesday 12 November 2019 Creative Support’s impressive co-production centre ‘Creative Together’ has celebrated its first anniversary. The refurbished space in the Swan Building in Manchester first opened its doors a year ago. And last Wednesday (November 6th) Creative Support’s CEO, Anna Lunts, joined centre members, staff and trustees to celebrate…

Manchester Recruitment Event


Are you looking for a new role in care? We are currently recruiting for both paid and voluntary roles within Manchester and the surrounding area and will be holding a Recruitment drop-in event on Thursday 28th November at our Creative Together Centre, located on Swan Street in Manchester City Centre.…

Volunteer with Creative Support


Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and to the lives of those around you. Jack has been a Creative Support volunteer befriender to Darren for the last six months, visiting him at his home in Droylsden. “I was feeling lonely and looking to make new friends,”…

Meet the Board and have your say

Meet the Board and have your say


Where: Creative Space Centre, Preston When: Tuesday 10th December, 11.30 am - 3.30 pm All Creative Support service users and their families are invited to meet members of the board at The Creative Space Centre in Preston on Tuesday 10th December, 11.30 am - 3.30 pm. The Board of Trustees…

Recognising achievements in our Service User Awards


The monthly Service User Awards recognise the amazing achievements of the people we support across the country. Nominations can be sent in by staff members, volunteers, other service users and family members for achievements in three categories: community champion, personal development and healthy you, healthy living. The winners of these…

In her blog this week our CEO, Anna Lunts, returns to the scandal of mental health patients sent miles from home for treatment


The shortage of appropriate mental health beds is a topic I’ve covered before in my blog and will no doubt return to in the future. https://www.creativesupport.co.uk/to-mark-mental-health-month-at-creative-support-our-ceo-anna-lunts-looks-at-the-lack-of-parity-between-mental-and-physical-health/ It’s a subject I feel passionately about and whilst I was fully behind the move from institutionalised care in the late 1980s there is…

Original manager retires after dedicated career at Creative Space Centre

Original manager retires after dedicated career at Creative Space Centre


The original Creative Space Centre manager, Alison Birch, has retired after devoting 27 years of her career to the Preston-based centre. Alison qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1980 and went into paediatrics working in a variety special schools. She also worked with children at The Willows Child Development Centre…

Bedford Recruitment Open Day


Do you want to make a difference? Creative Support has over 25 years' experience as a not-for-profit provider of person-centred support for people with a wide range of needs. We are looking for kind, reliable and proactive individuals to join our team in Bedford, supporting people with a learning disability…