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.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Delightful Downton Indeed!

A wonderful day was had by all at the Delightful Downton Picnic at Cannon Hall. 

Last Sunday Barnsley turned out in their masses armed with picnics and blankets to enjoy a day in the sunshine, roaring 20's style! 

Whether it was chilling out in our artist area to do a spot of sketching, or taking part in our Sports master's Tug of War, or perhaps you got to take tea with Lady Viola and Lady Meredith, it was great to see so many at the beautiful Georgian Country House in honour of the current Downton Abbey Costume Exhibition, Downton! From Evening Gowns to Aprons!.

Don't miss your chance to see 21 of the original Costumes from the hit series which are on display until 6th September. 

It's safe to say this roaring 20's themed day was a roaring success!


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Delightful Downton Picnic in the Park

Cannon Hall’s largest ever picnic in the park will be taking place on Sunday 2nd August, from 11am to 3pm and UPLIFT will be there!

Join us for music, storytelling, art and all round general fun and games as we celebrate the latest exhibition, which displays 21 original costumes from the hit television series Downton Abbey!

Join our Lady of the Manor for high tea on the lawn, our Sports Master for an egg and spoon race or help our cook with her many chores!

With free entry into the house, see the exquisite costumes from the hit show, then park up on your picnic rug immerse yourself in all things Downton! 

It's sure to be a fun filled day for all the family!

Summer so Far!

Well it's been a busy old' Summer with lots of creative happenings in some of our favourite spots!

Inspired by the question: What would you say if the world was listening?
UPLIFTERS engaged in a number of activities designed to give us all a boost through being creative whilst exploring issues that are real to us.

Here's a few snapshots of our Summer so far!

Taking Inspiration from the exhibition, 'A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution' at the Civic Gallery, UPLIFTERS enjoyed a screen printing workshop, designing and making their very own protest posters. The result of which was the brilliant design for our Protest Podium promo!

Next up it was a trip to the beautiful Northern College for our 'Be the Change' Residential. Inspired by it's political roots, this two day programme looked at what makes a great speech and developing the confidence to find our voice. With UPLIFTERS taking to the Roman Temple on our final night to make their voices heard!

Full of ideas and material for personal manifestoes it was time to pen to paper with a special 2 day writing workshop, 'Words are Power!' with poet, James Nash, in preparation for our Podium Protest!

And then, a day to be heard, to stand up and be counted!

The UPLIFT Podium Protest saw people from all walks of life share their experiences and vision for a better world. Chilling on Mandela Gardens with our homemade revolution snacks, and getting involved in the Protest Street art wall, it was a day for speakers, poets and musicians, one and all to engage in positive social activism! And what a fab day it was!


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Your June : Dates for the Diary!

Summer is approaching and the calendar is getting full! See our listings of events below designed for you and your family for an uplifting June!

Tuesday 2nd June - Live ARTS Cafe, Goldthorpe @ The Salvation Army, 4-7pm

Wednesday 3rd & Friday 5th June - PROTEST Poster Screenprinting Workshop @ The Civic Gallery, 10 - 4pm.

Be part of making and designing our very own protest posters working with artist Helen Boutle. Relax and explore the gallery taking inspiration from the exhibition, 'A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution,' which is on tour from the Victoria and Albert Museum and presents a century of posters agitating for political change.

Wednesday 3rd June - Live ARTS Cafe, Town Centre @ Digital Media Centre, 5.30 - 8pm

Monday 8th June - Wednesday 10th - 'BE THE CHANGE' UPLIFT Residential at Northern College

Take time out and relax in the wonderful setting of Northern College. Unearth it's treasures and discover it's political roots, gathering inspiration and seeding the ideas for our very own revolution. Develop skills in writing to activate social change exploring group and personal manifestos and the ways to voice and present them to the world. 
Includes free overnight accommodation, breakfast and evening meals.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL  - Call the office on 01226 320147.

Wednesday 10th June - Live ARTS Cafe, Town Centre @ Digital Media Centre, 5.30 - 8pm

Saturday 13th June - 'Not Your Usual Walking Group!' head to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 11am.

Tuesday 16th June - Live ARTS Cafe, Goldthorpe @ The Salvation Army, 4-7pm

Wednesday 17th June - LIVE ARTS CAFE, Town Centre @ Digital Media Centre, 5.30 - 8pm


Creative Recovery Alternative Piano Stage, outside the Town Hall, 12-4pm.
Come sing, play and promote UPLIFT!

Tuesday 30th June - Live ARTS Cafe, Goldthrope @ The Salvation Army, 4-7pm. 

For more details or to book on the residential at Northern College please contact us in the office on (01226) 320147 or email us on wearecreativerecovery@gmail.com.  

The Brilliant Bizarre!

The brilliant and bizarre UPLIFT Workshops @ Experience Barnsley

Explore the brilliant and bizarre! Creating the curious workshops.

Taking inspiration from the exhibition and the wonderful objects on display, join artist Lee Sass in the learning lab to make wonderful curiosities for your own temporary 'brilliant and bizarre' mini exhibition.

Friday 29th May: 10am - 12 midday & 1pm - 3pm

Saturday 30th May: 10am - 12 midday & 1pm - 3pm

Free activity, no need to book, families welcome!

Monday, 6 April 2015

your APRIL

Saturday 11th April : 'Not your usual walking group’
Set up by our UPLIFTer Jimmy, it’s a walking group with a difference. Join him for a short walk at Worsbrough Mill  to get started and finish with a cuppa to plan future jaunts. Meet at the Worsbrough Mill car park at 11.15am or travel with others from the Bus station at 11am. Call the office for more details.

Thursday 16th April, 2pm: UPLIFT Cuppa & Meet UP  @ The Cooper Art Gallery                
Curious about UPLIFT? Never been before and maybe nervous about coming along for the first time? Or simply want to find out more… this is for you!

Thursday 16th & 23rd April,  4-8pm : UPLIFT Wombwell Woods Workshops. Location: The Hut, Victoria Street, Barnsley

Join us for two workshops to prepare for our Wombwell Woods takeover.  We will be working on our special Shadow Puppet Theatre and making plans. Do what feels good for you; be it immersing yourself in storytelling and music or getting busy with making for this special weekend.

Come and play with our team of UPLIFT artists for a weekend of outdoor fun. Rediscover the historic woodland. Encounter it’s beasts and beauties, both real and imagined…with land art, shadow puppets, campfire crafts, storytelling and the creation of our own woodland soundtrack and evening forest theatre.

Saturday 25th April 
11-4pm: Drop-in activities for all ages, including making the homestead, woodland crafts and more…
4-6.30pm: UPLIFT Workshop- Forest Theatre Set-up
6.30-9pm: Forest Theatre Workshop and Sing-song around the fire

Sunday 26th April 
12-2pm: ‘Down to the Woods’ Bear Picnic with live latin band. Bring your own and join us for the first picnic of the year
12-4pm: ‘See things afresh’ with woodland walks, crafts, land art and forest homes and be part of the national bluebell survey

For more details about the Wombwell Woods UPLIFT Takeover, click on the main tab on the blog homepage. It includes info on travel and tips on how to prepare for a few days out in the great outdoors!

Remember, we also have weekly Live ARTS Cafes for you to come along to too.  We are kickstarting a Live ARTS Cafe Goldthorpe on Tuesday the 7th of April and our town centre Live ARTS Cafe starts back at the Digital Media Centre on Wednesday 22nd of April.

For more information on all things UPLIFT, please contact the office on (01226) 320147.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

UPLIFT is heading down to the woods....come join us! A Wombwell Wood Takeover, 25th and 26th of April

Come and play with our team of UPLIFT artists. Rediscover this historic woodland, encounter its' beasts and beauties; both real and imagined and create art and music inspired by these wonderful woods.

On Saturday the takeover begins at 11am. We invite all to help us to build our homestead for the weekend; gathering wood for our campfire and helping to create our forest theatre in the trees.  Campfire crafts include, making charcoal for drawing and casting metal trinkets from small woodland finds.  
Throughout the day we’ll prepare our shadow theatre, building woodland instruments and telling stories inspired as the woodland is starting to spring to life following a long winter sleep.  Create your own mini shadow theatre using reclaimed boxes, shadow puppets and lighting effects.
Into the woods we go with artist James Brunt to find the perfect place for land art, while Roseanna encourages you to ‘read the woodland’, unearthing its ancient past and the secret lives of it's Beasts and Beauties.
UPLIFTERS are invited for a special soiree before the Forest Theatre Workshop from 4-6.30pm where we will prepare the scene for the evening and enjoy some fire-side snacks! 

From 6.30pm we will settle in and take warmth by the fire for a special shadow puppet theatre show, campfire songs and magical storytelling moments. This is where we will remain until the day closes at around 9pm.
Sunday is planned to be very much a family affair with our special visitor "The Bear", and fabulous interactive live Latin band, hopefully bringing the sunshine! Join us from 12 noon and bring your own picnic, the first hopefully of many this year. Be part of The National Bluebell Survey; find them and then paint them in our woodland art studio.  With more land art, informative walks, stalls and a workshop making butterfly feeders there’s many ways to connect with and learn about this stunning woodland that's right on your doorstep.
For more details about the day, directions and what you may need to pack in your rucksack, check  out the full page on the header above upliftbarnsley.blogspot.co.uk/p/uplift-wombwell-woods.html
You can also call the Creative Recovery office on (01226) 320147 for more details about this event and the UPLIFT programme.
We will also be sharing ideas via the blog, Facebook and Twitter leading up to the event. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015


ART STATION - April 2014








As we look towards a new year we reflect on 2014 and all the colourful, creative, fabulous fun we had. Enjoy a year of UPLIFT in pictures!

BLOOM! - April 2014


OO LA LA - June 2014




FEAST - October 2014

100 FOR 100 - October 2014
O CHOCOLAT! - November 2014


LIVE ARTS CAFE 80'S NIGHT - December 2014


THE GATHERING - December 2014