Monday, 21 March 2016

Music Moves Us!

Join us on Saturday 9th April and celebrate musical movements as we explore how music can help you feel good!

With performances from the UPLIFT Coffee Café Choir and Re:Sound, open mic sessions and a live DJ set, as well as all day crafting and home baking, we're set to have ourselves a creative, feel good, fun day!  

You'll find us at St Paul's Church, Old Town, Barnsley, with doors opening from 3.30pm - 10pm.

We hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

2015 in Pictures

Happy New Year one and all!

It's been another action packed year for Creative Recovery.

Here's a whistle stop tour of 2015 across all of our wonderful projects.

Recovery Through Art - Recovery Wall

An Afternoon with the Engine Room Experience

Podium Protest

Wombwell Woods Takeover

Delightful Downton Picnic!

Northern College Residential


Live in Barnsley!

The "I Matter" Campaign
Changing Perspectives

The UPLIFT Coffee Café Choir


And not forgetting the smash hit single, complete with music video from Re:sound

Oh Emma!

Here's to making more lovely memories in 2016!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


As another year draws to a close we're looking forward to a cosy festive gathering and are set to bring a bit of  Scandinavian soul to our next event "HYGEE"!

From the Norwegian word meaning ‘wellbeing’, HYGEE , pronounced "hoo-ga”, is an idea rooted in the Danish sense of togetherness.  It describes a warm atmosphere, enjoying the good things in life with good people.  As a concept it couldn’t be any more in sync with the ethos of Creative Recovery and will be in full swing at our festive gathering which this year will be in partnership with the Barnsley Drug and Alcohol Action team.

So, join us on Wednesday 30th December, from sunset (3.53pm) - 9pm as the lights of St Paul’s Church Hall will be dimmed in place for heart-warming fires, music, candlelight, contentment, Winter supper, spiced drinks & smiles!

Post Christmas it is an opportunity to gather, cosy in and share in the comfort and joy of some good ole’ community spirit.

So, do as the Danes do and "HYGEE"!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Your November!

As the nights draw in and the cold air sweeps through, keep the soul fires burning with creative activities and gatherings with like-minded folks. Here are some UPLIFT offerings from Creative Recovery, that plan to do just that!

Changing Perspectives
Wednesday 18th November, 1.30-3.30pm @ The Assembly Room, The Civic
Be part of Hayley’s Artistic Residency Programme at The Civic. Join her and one of UPLIFT’s favourites, artist Lee Sass, for a specially designed, fun-filled workshop of creative play, storytelling and remaking things.
Limited places! Please book via the office on (01226)
320147 or speak to Hayley at Live Arts Cafe or events.

UPLIFT Barnsley Homemade
Christmas Workshop

Friday 20th November, 9.30-5pm @ RF Homemade Christmas Pop Up shop on Cheapside next to H&A News near the entrance to the old outdoor markets

Drop in and work with James from Responsible Fishing on their Handmade Christmas project using all things natural to create beautiful, handmade christmas gifts and treats.

UPLIFT Willow Lantern Making Workshop 

Friday 27th November, 12-3pm @ The Creative

Recovery Shop, (aka Carnival) on the Eldon Arcade

Join Cecilie to help create and finish up some special Willow Lanterns for our special micro-festival event which is set to take place on December the 30th. If you love willow work,  join Cecilie as she starts the creation of these wonderful lanterns at the Live ARTS Cafe on
Wednesday the 18th and 25th of November.

Groups to keep you busy!  

5.30-8pm @ The  
Digital Media Centre, County Way.           
UPLIFT Coffee Cafe  
Choir, Tuesdays 1-3pm @  
St Paul’s Church, Old Town


 Live ARTS Cafe Christmas Do- Wednesday 16th December, 5.30-8pm  

The Micro ‘Festival’- Wednesday 30th December  


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Creative Recovery Hits the Headlines!

It was Light's Camera, Action! on Saturday as Creative Recovery hit the small screen featuring on both ITV's news programme, Calendar and BBC 1's quiz show Pointless!


As Creative Recovery took to the streets with the “I Matter” Campaign in support of World Mental Health Day, ITV's news programme Calendar came down to capture the day's events.  

In monochrome branded t-shirts armed with post cards and balloons our wonderful participants surprised Saturday shoppers by giving out lots of "I Matter" goodies along with glittery gift boxes, all of which shared the message, “I Matter” “You Matter” “We matter”.

This special campaign was developed by participants of Creative Recovery, all of whom have experienced their own Mental health problems, and it marks World Mental Day and beyond.
Together with the council and community/therapy groups O.S.C.A.R (Offload, share, care and relax) & TADS (Therapies for Anxiety and depression.) we shared the ‘I Matter’ message with some glorious live music around our signature street piano! We would also like to say a massive thank you to Debbie Baxter, Dave Lawton, Dave Kaye and Dave Smith who have worked tirelessly to create the super "I Matter" trailer which was in situ on the day.
Our efforts hit the headlines with the days antics being featured on Calendar throughout the day, and a special appearance by our very own Hannah Parrot who bravely shared her own experience of battling with depression as a teenager. 
Meanwhile, if you flicked the channel there was more Creative Recovery coverage as Barnsley based Poet Ian McMillan nominated Creative Recovery as his chosen charity on the BBC 1 quiz show, Pointless! It is safe to say we were thrilled with £250 win and more so with the lovely words. Big thanks Ian, both were much appreciated!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

I Matter, You Matter, We Matter

"I Matter" is a special campaign developed by Creative Recovery to mark World Mental Health Day and beyond.  

Inspired by this year's theme, DIGNITY, 'I Matter' is an important reminder that no matter who you are or where you are from. We care.


"We are all just regular people seeking the same thing. The bloke on the street, the woman in the class room, the rich the poor, black , white, gay, straight, you and me - we all just want to know that we matter.
The greatest pain in life is to be invisible.
So keep sharing your stories, help people to see themselves and for a moment glimpse the power to change and the power to triumph.
We all matter."

On Saturday 10th October we'll be joining forces with Barnsley Council to support World Mental Health Day in our creative signature way. Look out for us as we share our special message!

For further information on World Mental Health Day visit the Mental Health Foundation. Or if you would like help and advice contact MIND Rotherham & Barnsley, or the Mental Health Access Team on 01226 707600.

Let this be a daily reminder.

I matter, 

you matter, 

we matter.

Today, tomorrow and always.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Cardboard and Creativity at the Co-op

The humble cardboard box. Usually more entertaining than the present itself!

This is what our next UPLIFT is all about!

This Sunday 27th September, join us at Experience Barnsley as we mark the closing weekend of the current Co-op Exhibition with our special  “Co-op Camp Cardboard Uplift!”

Join us from 11am – 3pm and work with our old friend, James from Responsible Fishing UK to build Co-op inspired cardboard creations. Experiment with projection and photography to make your creations come alive!

With nothing more than a little imagination, cardboard boxes can be transformed into anything and everything, so unleash your imagination and see where it takes you!

Where: Experience Barnsley @ The Town Hall, Barnsley
When:  Sunday 27th September, 11am - 3pm.