Yearly Archives: 2019

Anna’s Blog – Our CEO looks at the shocking rise in drug-related deaths


It can come as no surprise to anyone with any insight into the misuse of drugs that record levels of drug related deaths coincide with extensive cuts to rehabilitation services. New figures show that around 56 people die every week in England and Wales due to drug abuse. Last year…

Manchester Pride Parade 2019

Manchester Pride Parade 2019


On Saturday 24th August, Creative Support took part in the Manchester Pride parade 2019. Over 200 organisations came together to celebrate Manchesters LGBT+ community. Our Creative Together centre in Manchester designed and made their own costumes as well as making decorations for our open-top double-decker bus which took us around…

Creative Support’s LGBT+ network Q+A session at Creative Together


In the run up to Manchester Pride this weekend, members of Creative Support's LGBT+ network held a Q+A at our Creative Together centre about the experiences of LGBT+ people and some of the issues the community face today. The group spoke openly and asked questions without judgment, and everyone agreed on the…

Anna’s Blog – Why Young Care Leavers fair so badly in Modern Britain


Fifty percent of young people now go to university. If you've been in care that figure drops to just six percent. Our CEO Anna Lunts looks at why young care leavers fair so badly in modern Britain.  Diane Abbot, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Home…

2019 Art Competition is now open!

2019 Art Competition is now open!


It is that time of year again! We want you to send in your fantastic paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, crafts and everything else in between. Entries will be judged by members of Creative Supports Board of Trustees, all winners will be included in the 2019 Creative Support calendar and will…

Manchester Pride – 24th August

Manchester Pride – 24th August


August is Pride month at Creative Support. It's a great opportunity to celebrate your identity, whether that's at LGBT+ events across the country or celebrating at your local summer festivals and events in your area. Let us know what you are getting up to! This year the marketing team will…

New Release – Support workers turn their hand to gardening to create a sensory success

New Release – Support workers turn their hand to gardening to create a sensory success


Creative Support staff in Sheffield have designed and built an autism friendly sensory garden. Staff liaised with residents about what they would like to include in the garden at Mansfield View and then designed and planned the space. The newly refurbished garden includes astro turf, sensory games, brightly painted planters…

Anna’s Blog – The Scandal of Restraint in Special Schools


Last month the Government published the long-awaited guidance on restraining children with disabilities in special schools. I, like the families, carers and charities who have been campaigning for legislation, could not understand why these guidelines were not in place in 2014 when the adult equivalent was published. Whilst I welcome…

Chorley Recruitment Open Days


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 Chorley, supporting people with a learning disability…

New Release – Residents Cycle the Pennine Way


Creative Support service users and staff have cycled the equivalent distance of The Pennine Way as part of a fitness drive. The 268 mile route runs from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border. It passes through the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and Northumberland. But…

Anna’s Blog – Whorlton Hall


In her blog this week, Creative Support’s CEO Anna Lunts writes about the horrors exposed at Whorlton Hall. I’ve worked in the care sector since the early 1980s and I thought there was little that could shock me. But the latest Panarama on the appalling treatment of people with a…

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 Wednesday 17th July at our Creative Together Centre, located on Swan Street in Manchester City Centre.…

Anna’s Blog – Social Care Crisis


As social care leaders warn of a breakdown in services across the country, our CEO looks again at the ongoing funding crisis. The crisis in social care funding is a subject I’ve returned to several times in this blog. Last month leaders in the care sector warned that the escalating…

News Release – Andy Burnham visits Creative Support

News Release – Andy Burnham visits Creative Support


Andy Burnham says Creative Support innovation should set the standard for care across Greater Manchester Friday 5th April 2019 The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has praised Creative Support for their pioneering approach to supporting people with care needs. Speaking during the official launch of the new Creative Together…

Anna’s Blog – How Inefficiencies cost the Tax-Payer Billions


In her blog this week our CEO, Anna Lunts, looks at how government inefficiencies cost the tax-payer billions. Social Care has taken the biggest hit during the cuts to public spending over the last ten years. Hundreds of services, vital to individuals and communities, have been closed or greatly reduced.…

Anna’s Blog – Learning Disability and the Criminal Justice System


In her blog this week our CEO Anna Lunts looks at how people with a learning disability are treated by the criminal justice system. People with a learning disability are hugely over-represented in the criminal justice system. Complex legal processes and jargon are difficult for most people to understand but…

Anna’s Blog – The Creative Together Centre


Our CEO, Anna Lunts, reflects on what makes 'Creative Together' special The refurbished space at our ‘Creative Together’ building on Swan Street in Manchester is impressive. Original stripped floorboards and a large expanse of white walls. Sections of exposed brickwork and industrial piping pay homage to the history of the…

Anna’s Blog – Proposals for the Biggest Social Housing Building since WW2


In her blog this week our CEO looks at proposals for the biggest social housing building project since WW2. Shelter’s cross party report on the state of social housing in England is an impressive piece of work for many reasons – not least because it avoids the pitfall of political…

Anna’s Blog – How the NHS plans to address the Inequality in Health Care


Life expectancy for people with a learning disability is 16 years lower than the rest of the population. Our CEO, Anna Lunts, looks at how the NHS plans to address the inequality in health care.  The health inequalities for people with a learning disability are well-documented. Mencap’s 2007 report, Death…

Anna’s Blog – The Growing Crisis of Homeless Families


As a young single mum wins her housing battle in the Supreme Court our CEO looks at the growing crisis of homeless families across the country. I was pleased to read last week that a single mother forced out of her home due to a shortfall in housing benefit has…