Monday, 7 July 2014

Music, movement, merry making and mooching - all in a day's work as we wallow on the Wetlands!

What a finale to an action packed UPLIFT calendar!

We celebrated our last event of the current calendar in true UPLIFT style, revisiting one of our favourite spots, the RSPB Old Moor for music, drawing, relaxation and feasting!

Our day on the Wetlands began with a spot of Tai Chi on the lawn, whilst others preferred to walk around the lush surroundings, sketching the wildlife and the environment it inhabits. We chilled on into the evening, feasting amongst friends over a picnic to the Latin sounds of our talented friends Armando!

Thanks to everyone who has joined us for an UPLIFT, we hoped you’ve enjoyed them as much as we have!
We’re currently beavering away planning more special days out for the next UPLIFT calendar. If this sounds like your cup of tea, call us on 01226 320100 (ext 104) to find out more about the programme, you can also complete a referral form by phone and start booking your memorable days for you and your family!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A Bug's Life at Camp!

The rain may have poured but it didn’t dampen our spirits on last weekend’s Worsbrough Mill ‘Bug Off’Camp!



It was a jam packed weekend which began with a steady walk around the calming reservoir.  Then as we delved further into the camping spirit we became at one with nature learning all about the bugs we were to be sharing camp with, with our resident bug expert!

Linking up with the International Spore Project we became part of one of the largest art installations in the world by making mushrooms out of sticks and paper bags! Our funghi creations helped put Barnsley on the Spore map as we showed support for creativity and art education!
More bug related crafts came in the form of our Bee’s which we created from pine cones! Not only fun to make, this prompted the conversation of the importance of our black and yellow friends as they continue to decrease in numbers and to think about how our survival is dependent on theirs.

After a bug filled day, the evening gave us all chance to unwind by the fire for a magical evening of singing and stories beneath the stars. Relaxing by the fireside, our cockles were well and truly warmed in good company!




Don’t miss the last UPLIFT event in the current calendar, join us for ‘Wetlands Wollow’, tomorrow at  RSPB Old Moor!


Thursday, 26 June 2014

A Day in the Park!

The glorious Yorkshire Sculpture Park is right on our doorstep so UPLIFT decided to pay a visit and a relaxing day was had by all!

Starting with a guided tour of the park UPLIFTERS viewed the work of exhibiting artist Ursula Von Rydingsvard and the afternoon saw us in the thick of the action creating our own plaster made sculptures.

Thanks to the YSP team for a joyful day in the most joyful surroundings!


It’s not long to go till the greatest race on Earth passes through God’s own county, Yorkshire! And in the spirit of the Tour De France, UPLIFT celebrated with a little French fancy of their own!

UPLIFTERS came together in the Town Centre and recreated Monmartre, the Parisian Artist Quarter! We basked in the sunshine, feasting on delicious bread and cheeses and sketching away to the sounds of the accordion. We were entertained by our stilt walking friends at Urban Angels and were even treated to an UPLIFT street sing-along to a few French numbers!


Tres bon! Tres bon!


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Pierrots on Parade!

Creative Recovery’s efforts were recognised in Lord Mayor’s Parade as we picked up the prize for the “Most Outstanding Contribution!”

 Three cheers for us and our fantastic following!   

What a marvellous day it was! Participants from across all Creative Recovery projects gathered together, painted their faces and donned their pierrot costumes, all made in UPLIFT workshops, to take the streets shouting the name of Creative Recovery and bringing a smile to the faces of the cheering Barnsley crowds.

After the honour of being announced as the Mayor’s Official Charity, UPLIFT participants were keen to create lots of excitement in the build up to the Mayor’s Parade and a real buzz in preparation for the Pierrots coming to town! The result of which was a highly creative and comic teaser video, with a debut performance from the Mayor and Mayoress themselves! This went across Social Media and was ‘Liked’ and ‘Retweeted’ all across town!
If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it here, you’re in for a treat!



From Artists, to Gardeners, Chefs to Kan Kan girls, the Pierrots lit up the Parade with their bounding energy and cheeky antics.

Pierrots, we salute you!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Creative Recovery Announced as one of the Mayor's Chosen Charities!

It's official – we can now reveal that we are one of the Mayor's Charities for the forthcoming year. What a great achievement!

We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Tim Sheppard into his new post and wish him all the best in his Mayoral duties. We’d also like to say a big thank you for choosing Creative Recovery as one of the official Mayor's charities -  it is a great honour.

To mark the first of the Mayor’s events we joined the second of the Mayor’s local charities ‘The White Knight’s Blood Bikes’ for a summer charity stroll and Picnic. The weather was in our favour as families came together to walk from Elsecar Heritage Centre to RSPB Old Moor where they settled down to a picnic in the beautiful reserve.  In true UPLIFT style the bunting came out and the picnic area was decked with colourful prints and textiles all made in Creative Recovery projects.  Families relaxed to the chilled out sounds of Armando, Latin American Music that got the whole crowd playing along with a whole variety of weird and wonderful instruments and there was even a beautiful butterfly and greedy bear in the mix, interacting with children and trying to pinch the odd sandwich or two!
We had a brilliant day and are looking forward to many more accustomed events throughout the year!

A Good Ol' UPLIFT Shindig!

Saturday night saw UPLIFT back in Goldthorpe for a good ol’ Shindig!

With a little help from our friends Parable and UPLIFT artist Cecile there was dancing and stomping and wonderful crafting! It was great to see some friendly faces and meet some new folk too!