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Loneliness and Physical Health

Loneliness and Physical Health


Loneliness is something that can affect anyone at any time in their lives. It is a feeling of separation and thinking that you’re alone without support, and can be caused by a lack of communication between someone and their loved ones. It is different to isolation as isolation is a…

Eating Disorders and Being LGBTQ

Eating Disorders and Being LGBTQ


Hazel from the LGBTQ+ Network has looked into a recent report which has found a link between being LGBTQ+ and eating disorders. They have gratefully shared their personal experience with us for Mental Health Month. In a report published at the end of last year, LGBTQ+ Charity ‘Just Like Us’…

30th Birthday Party in Durham + Gallery

30th Birthday Party in Durham + Gallery


Yesterday we had the absolute pleasure of hosting over 150 people in Durham for our first 30th birthday event! It meant the world to see so many of the incredible members of staff and people we support gathered together again to mark 30 years of Creative Support. There was a…

Our Mental Health Month Resource Pack

Our Mental Health Month Resource Pack


This May we’re talking about Mental Health Awareness, to coincide with the national Mental Health Awareness Week from the 9th to the 15th. We've created a handy guide to help you organise coffee and chat sessions in your service, including everything you need for the session, some conversation prompts, and…

LGBTQ+ and Eurovision

LGBTQ+ and Eurovision


Rebecca from the LGBTQ+ Network has written on the history of Eurovision and how intertwined the contest is with the LGBTQ+ community and culture. I think we can all agree that Eurovision is a music event like no other! With catchy songs, dances, gimmicks, outfits, pyrotechnics, and glitz and glamour…

Thoughts on Loneliness

Thoughts on Loneliness


This May marks Mental Health Month and with the theme on 'loneliness', we have asked people in the Creative Support community to share their personal thoughts on the topic. Many of us will experience loneliness at some point in our lives, but there remains a shame and stigma around speaking…

Anna’s Blog- Overreliance on Restraint and Segregation in care


Restrictive practices, including physical or chemical restraint and segregation, have been a topic of concern in the health and social care sector for a long time. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asked the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to begin an investigation into the use of restraint,…

Our Gardening Grants are now open!

Our Gardening Grants are now open!


Back by popular demand, we are providing grants of £30 to £100 per garden project! Gardening is a great way to get outdoors and improve your wellbeing, and we know many of our service users are already growing their own vegetables, flowers and enjoying sensory activities in their outdoor spaces. We will…

Screen Free Week; Social Media and Loneliness

Screen Free Week; Social Media and Loneliness


This week marks ‘Screen Free Week’, where people are encouraged to ditch their devices and enjoy life outside of the internet. As May is also our Mental Health Month, we’re going to have a look at the impact of social media on loneliness. Social media has been a lifeline for…

Autism and Me; Social Skills

Autism and Me; Social Skills


Lizzie, a member of staff in Greater Manchester, has shared with us how her autism affects her everyday social interactions. She speaks about growing up, having to learn a ‘second language’, and what it means to be an ‘incognito autistic adult’. I am a typical example of an incognito autistic…