Friday, 10 June 2016

If you come down to the Woods today...

This July sees us return to Wombwell Woods for an even bigger UPLIFT event, which this year will feature a walkabout Woodland performance.

It was therefore a fun filled Tuesday as we gathered our lovely performers together to begin the devising process!

It was decided early on in the process that our walkabout performance in the Woods would focus on some of the creatures we might meet there and the idea of meeting some birdy characters offered lots of scope and excitement. 

Working with the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and the Forestry Commission, we were keen to separate fact from fiction and keep our characters rooted in their habitat whilst keeping the magic and playful nature alive. So after flocking through lots bird research we were able to select some beautiful birds native to the Woods and had some fun developing our feathered friends into characters for the site specific show. Looking at each of the birds behaviours made for a fun exploration into building them as characters -  What are there quirks? What are they notoriously known for? What can be exaggerated? And what are the links between them, where would relationships be formed?

As with creating anything from scratch you have to start somewhere and there's no better place than with a structure, so we set about giving the piece a beginning, middle and end. With our narrative and characters in place we ventured out into the Woods for another recce and to soak up more inspiration from the wonderful surroundings. With the creative juices flowing and more ideas flourishing, things are bubbling away nicely! 

We don't want to give too much away just yet but here's a taster of what's to come, do keep posted for further info and we hope lots of you can make it to hear,

"The Tree Sparrows Tale"

A family friendly woodland promenade performance from the lake to the fire.

Join the humble tree sparrow as she takes you around her Woodland home, telling tales of loss, courage and friendship. With some feathered friends along the way, come and join the flock, because after all, the best journey takes you home.

Meet at The Lake
Saturday 30th July, 4pm and 7pm
Sunday 31st July 2pm

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May & June Dates!

Art with Heart Creative Workshop

Wednesday 11th May, 2pm @ The Hut

Award-winning Art with Heart will be running a creative session with Creative Recovery!

Art with Heart are currently developing their new theatre production, Declaration with The Lowry Theatre Manchester.
Declaration is a raw, honest and hopeful exploration of ADHD, mental health and diagnosis and need your help!
Autobiographically written, with comedy, storytelling and conversations with audiences, Art with Heart are looking for people to give them feedback on their work. They will be sharing 20 minutes of Declaration, asking for feedback and running a short creative workshop to discuss diagnosis and mental health

There will be limited spaces to 15 people, if you would like to take part please contact the office on 01226 320147.

Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round.

Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood Doctor thought it was sugar. Her current Doctor thinks its ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do? Will it change the way you see her and the way she sees herself?

Developed in consultation with medical professionals, ADHD and mental health support groups, 'Declaration' examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences, and the faces we wear to fit in.

Declaration takes you on vibrant and daring adventure that asks you to roll around in your weirdness, make a hat out of it and dance.

Wombwell Woods Promenade Performance Devising Workshop

Tuesday 24th May, 10am – 4pm @ The Hut

After the success of last year’s takeover, Creative Recovery will be returning to Wombwell Woods for the weekend of July 30th & 31st for more Woodland adventures featuring a very special promenade performance!

Working with some of our favourite artists who just happen to be professional performers, we invite you to come along and devise our story, create our characters and perform in this magical piece!

Our devising day will take place at the Hut on Tuesday 24th May from 10am - 4pm, if you would like to be involved please contact the office on 01226 320147.

Please note that if you would like to participate in the performance itself you must be able to commit to 2 performances on Saturday 30th July (4pm & 7pm) & a performance on Sunday 31st July (2pm) and must be available to attend the devising day on Tues 24th.

It would be great to have as many of you involved in what hopes to be a truly special production!

Moves Us! Live ARTS Cafe Special

Wednesday 1st June, 3.30-8pm @ The Recovery College

Join us for an afternoon and evening of music, movement and mindfulness. Discover and share how music can move you!

Creative Workshops from 4pm to include;

Mindful Movement- Stretch, relax, be revived!

Express Yourself (Dance and Movement)- A creative, active workshop for those intrigued yet maybe slightly frightened by dance.

Help us to finish The ‘Music Moves Us!’ Artwork

5.30- 8pm Enjoy a serving of Summer Tunes from the UPLIFT Coffee Cafe Choir, sharing’s from the day, live music from Paul Newman and an evening meal in the beautiful gardens of The Recovery College.

Throughout the day, learn about different opportunities for learning and boosting your wellbeing in Barnsley.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with this event: set up, refreshments and support.

This event has been made possible with funding from the ‘Great Minds Think Differently’ project in partnership with Northern College.

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!