Yearly Archives: 2020

October 2020 Exceptional Staff Achieve Q Award Winners!

October 2020 Exceptional Staff Achieve Q Award Winners!


Creative Support strives to achieve a high-quality service at all times, through our support workers, service managers and teams. Over the last six months, we have seen a great sense of collective purpose to make things work. As we are still living and working through the Covid-19 pandemic we want…

98% of Service Users are happy with their support from Creative Support

98% of Service Users are happy with their support from Creative Support


After a challenging year for all of us, we are delighted to report excellent results from our 2020 Service User Satisfaction Survey. Our Service User Satisfaction Survey is designed to gain important feedback directly from service users, providing vital insight into their feelings about the support we provide. This is…

The Black History Month special edition of Creative Life is available now!

The Black History Month special edition of Creative Life is available now!


Welcome to our special edition of Creative Life for Black History Month 2020! In this edition, you will find some details of our organisational plan and Manifesto for Action, alongside staff and service user stories. We want to extend our thanks to all those who responded to our emails about…

Creative Space Centre fundraising phone call from Santa!

Creative Space Centre fundraising phone call from Santa!


Looking for a way to make this Christmas extra special for the little ones this year? Amaze your loved ones this Christmas by receiving a personalised phone call from Santa Claus! The Creative Space Centre, the UK’s largest multi-sensory centre in the UK, is giving children the opportunity to speak…

September 2020 Exceptional Staff Achieve Q Award Winners!

September 2020 Exceptional Staff Achieve Q Award Winners!


Creative Support strives to achieve a high-quality service at all times, through our support workers, service managers and teams. Over the last six months, we have seen a great sense of collective purpose to make things work. As we are still living and working through the Covid-19 pandemic we want…

The latest edition of our Creative Life magazine is out now!

The latest edition of our Creative Life magazine is out now!


This year has been an immensely challenging time for us all as COVID-19 has put strain on services, communities and families. In spite of this, the Creative Support community has come together, showing great resilience, innovation and resourcefulness. In this edition of Creative Life we wanted to celebrate the positive…

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


For Creative Support the welfare and health of our service users, staff and any third-party workers are our highest priority and we will continue to follow Public Health England and NHS advice. As part of this we are in the process of reviewing and rolling out our services business continuity…

Black Lives Matter – Manifesto for Action

Black Lives Matter – Manifesto for Action


Following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, so shortly after the death of Breonna Taylor due to police brutality, we saw the whole world wake up. The recent barbaric shooting of Jacob Blake, and now the death of Daniel Prude, have increased the sense of outrage. We acknowledge…

In this week’s blog, our CEO discusses the impact of COVID on BAME communities


Brent Poverty Commission (established this year) released the results of its 6 month review into poverty in the Borough in August. The report shows that, after housing costs are taking into account, 33% of households live in poverty (17% excluding housing costs) and 43% of children live in poverty (22%…

In this week’s blog, our CEO discusses the impact of Domestic Abuse during lockdown


An investigation by Panorama and Women’s Aid into the impact of Domestic Abuse during lockdown has just been released and was screened last Monday night. The results are nothing short of terrifying. The implementation of lockdown was very necessary for wider public safety but the spike in domestic abuse was…

In this week’s blog, our CEO discusses Maternal Deaths


In 2017 the UK ranked 26th for rates of maternal death across all Countries, aligning us approximately with Germany, North Macedonia, Slovenia and Turkmenistan. Loss is always very sad, but there is something about deaths during pregnancy and labour that creates particularly intense sadness. Most probably because we can all…

Creative Support gardeners dig deep to supply food banks

Creative Support gardeners dig deep to supply food banks


Creative Support’s long-standing Sandy Lane Gardening Group has been diversifying to provide fresh produce to food banks during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The group was established 11 years ago by Creative Support service users and others with mental health issues, to design a garden haven at the Sandy Lane project in…

Staff survey reveals staff felt supported during the COVID-19 Pandemic


We have been doing our best to support our valued staff team during the COVID-19 Pandemic, recognising the huge strain the last few months have put on everyone both personally and professionally. To make sure we understood staff members experience, how we were doing and how we could improve we…

In this week’s blog, our CEO discusses the Citizenship Test


The Citizenship application process is a complicated, arduous process which generates huge revenues for the Home Office. The Home Office is planning for a post-Brexit world and I think we need to think more carefully about the function of this application process. As I discussed in a previous blog, we…

Take part in our 2020 Service User Satisfaction Survey

Take part in our 2020 Service User Satisfaction Survey


We value the views of our service users and are launching our 2020 Service User Satisfaction survey, this survey is an opportunity for us to find out how we are doing as a support provider. Following the success of our 2019 survey, our 2020 survey follows a similar format and…

It’s time to get creative – our Art Competition is back!

It’s time to get creative – our Art Competition is back!


We would like you to send us your paintings, drawings, models, sculptures, crotchet, embroidery, photography or whatever other creative endeavours you enjoy. Each year the creative talent of our service users is incredible, so we are especially looking forward to seeing your submissions this year! Artwork will be selected by…

Our 2020 Photography Competition is Back!

Our 2020 Photography Competition is Back!


This year we launched our first Photography Competition here at Creative Support, however, we had to put it on hold due to the pandemic. We are pleased to announce that the competition is now back and we are really looking forward to seeing your entries! To make up for the…

In this week’s blog, our CEO discusses the controversy around statues


The removal of statues that no longer reflect and uphold the current values of a country is a common practice. In Germany the statues symbolising the Third Reich were destroyed as soon as the war was over. Other statues have been more contentious and uncertain in their future. The statues…

In her blog this week our CEO discusses the impact of the recent immigration changes


The Government has now released the details of their new ‘points-based’ Immigration System which will be introduced once we leave the EU. There will be no route for ‘unskilled’ posts - there are no opportunities for lower-paid roles (the absolute minimum salary must be £20,480), the skill level must be…