introducing Creative Recovery

CRAlternative Barnsley has been fundraising this month for two charities; one of them being Creative Recovery. Allow me to introduce you to them and their work.

I came across Creative Recovery and the two women behind it – Hayley Youell and Helen Boutle – when I was asked if I would be interested in atteneded and helping to promote one of their Alternative Nites Out about two and a half years. What I discovered was a growing small community of people who, while they all were in recovery from some form on mental health problem, were all given space to flourish and develop their creativity. It was indeed a service I could have beneifted from myself a decade earlier. I was on board right away atteneded many of their events and helping tpo spread the word as much as I could. I now sit on their board of trustees and once again want to shout about them.

Creative Recovery is a movement of people who use creativity to bring about social change, grow community spirit and boost well-being and recovery in Barnsley.
You may have heard about some of our innovative projects before…

UPLIFT – a social brand and programme of uplifting artist designed experiences. UPLIFT has given much needed boost to individuals families and communities over 3 years.
RE: SOUND -a music project reaching out to others and breaking down stigma with live performance and original music.
ALTERNATIVE NITE OUT – a good night out without the headache. Creative, safe and sober events for all.
LIVE ARTS CAFE – each night offering a soul warming blend of art, poetry, comedy, music and food.
RECOVERY THROUGH ART – A social, vibrant art space for seeding ideas and sharing talents through exhibition and street art.

Creative Recovery say, “as our creative community has grown over the last few years, we recognised the need to establish new foundations for our work to thrive. In December 2012 we decided to form a people-led organisation, uniting those who had benefited so greatly from being involved in this work. We share a mission to further develop meaningful and responsive work that transforms lives. This is possible with the skills, experience and shared passion of our team of artists and volunteers, and the support and guidance of participant-led steering groups and a diverse board of trustees.”

Creative Recovery are a young organisation with big ambitions. Here are some of their achievements in the last 12 months;

  • 17 Creative Recovery Volunteers successfully completed our first Volunteering Course
  • 300 people have engaged with our therapeutic programme
  • Over 600 people attended public events and exhibitions
  • Creative Recovery is now registered with the Charity Commission as a charitable incorporated organisation (Creative Recovery CIO)
  • This year, we are one of the Mayor of Barnsley’s Charities
  • The ARTS on Referral Programme, developed and designed by Creative Recovery artists, was shortlisted for the Most Innovative Service at The National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards, 2013

They continue, “We have recently worked with Public Health to complete a Social Return on Investment. This enables us to clearly demonstrate the impact and social value of our work. We invite people who want to hear more to join us as we launch Creative Recovery as a Charity and explore how creativity can transform lives.”

Creative Recovery Launch and SROI presentation ‘Valuing Creativity… Creating Value… Valuing People’
November 27th, 2-4pm at the Council Chamber, The Town Hall, Barnsley

To find out more about Creative Recovery, contact:
Creative Recovery, The Core, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW
T: (01226) 320100 (ex 104)


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