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                                     The Creative Living Centre is delighted to have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. We wish to highlight how crucial to the life of the centre our volunteers are. They include the trustees, the many tutors who provide a range of creative learning opportunities, therapists, cooks for our lunches, gardeners, the hugely supportive people who help with reception and admin tasks, those who provide a listening ear to our members and the members themselves who work to keep the centre looking good, and helping each other stay well.  We also owe much to the staff who provide training for the volunteers and supervise and support them throughout

 A group of staff, trustees, volunteers and members attended a ceremony at Gorton Monastery to receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of the Duchy of Lancaster on August 3rd.  

If anyone is interested in volunteering with us please contact the centre for an initial look around, we offer a range of opportunities with some training and on-going supervision (0161 772 3524 or [email protected])


The Creative Living centre is a unique well-established mental health charity in an accessible, calm and friendly setting based in Prestwich, Bury. It offers a wide range of creative, leisure  and learning activities, individual support and social opportunities which enables each member to be actively involved in improving their own well-being. We encourage each member to identify their own starting point and select an individual programme to support their current need, be it emotional, physical, social, economic or identified mental health issue.  We have created a flexible and accessible service allowing people to use it as and when they need to.

Each person is offered an appointment where they are introduced to the centre and our approach.  They are given time to discover and express their needs and to identify their particular focus.  They then work out a programme which may include any of the opportunities available based on the rainbow to discovery programme looking at:-

  • Confidence and Communication
  • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Finance and Budgeting Skills
  • Physical Health
  • Participation / Employability Skills

The opportunities include:-

  • One to one therapies – massage, reflexology, reiki, hypnotherapy, counselling,  energy healing
  • Creative art, music and writing classes
  • Open space – a calm friendly colourful and supportive environment
  • Self Help Support Groups
  • Social support
  • Saturday Night Social Group
  • Therapeutic groups
  • Exercise and movement classes
  • Relaxation activity
  • One to one work with a support coordinator

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