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Creative Options Community Project

We are a member led grass-roots service run for and by people with lived experience of mental health issues living in the community of Southampton.   We operate a wellbeing hub for our members to support people's wellbeing and for relapse prevention.  This is the 'hub' of our community and is held on a Wednesday.  During the covid19 restrictions we had to limit our activities to two hours.   We are now offering four hours.  We have offered a face to face service throughout the pandemic as well as a zoom facility.  We also have been offering a 'hope' hub which is pre-crisis support offering an 'open door' to anyone with a mental health need in Southampton.  Hope hub was running on a Saturday evening and has been paused for the time being.   We have also been offering our S.P.A.C.E. programme on a Sunday.  S.P.A.C.E. stands for suicide, prevention, awareness, connection and education and offered an online platform with the Creative Mental Health and a weekly group on a Sunday where we offered recovery based discussion and had 'live' tutors.  Following a successful pilot last year, this programme is now running again with a face to face meeting on a Sunday, supported by an online zoom meeting during the week and an online platform of courses people can complete in their own time.   In addition, we have a number of other wellbeing activities and special interest groups, some of which are peer-led.  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Contact Position
Founder and Trustee
07780627961 admin support (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays office hours - messages are picked up from the mobile phone)
Charity number
Company number
Creative Options Com

We are a registered charity in England and Wales.  We are run by a board of Trustees, some of whom have lived experience of mental health issues.  Our founder is Frances Heather 07850189069 who is currently the Treasurer and on the board of Trustees.

Where to go

The Shirley Warren Action Centre,
107-117 Warren crescent
SO16 6AY
Children's Centre Areas
Coxford Shirley Warren Lordshill

This address is where we currently hold our main wellbeing hub on a Wednesday from 10.30 - 3.30 p.m. 


Photography group meet up to take photographs fortnightly on a Monday.  The photography group do digital photography every second and fourth Wednesday from 1.30 p.m. at the wellbeing hub at the Action Church.  Peer support led groups throughout the week, including men's group, women's social meet ups and a peer led art group on a Tuesday.   One of our members runs a peer led mindfulness and colouring group fortnightly on a Saturday.   Some groups meet on zoom. 

For an update on venues and activities - please visit our website for the latest information.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Main wellbeing hub on a Wednesday 10.30 - 3.30 p.m.
Time of day
Session Information
10.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. Wednesdays Wellbeing hub at Shirley Warren Action Centre, 107-117 Warren Crescent, SO16 6AY Photography meets fortnightly to do digital photography with computers. There is 1-1 computer support also. We offer self-care sessions, creative sessions and have visiting tutors. We offer a weekly quiz with prizes, mindfulness and relaxation and health and wellbeing talks.
Mondays 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. photography alternate weeks taking photographs in the community
Our men meet up weekly usually on a Friday or a Saturday
There is a fortnightly peer led colouring and mindfulness club that meets in coffee 1 in town. participants need to have been to the wellbeing hub first.
There is a women's peer led support group that normally meets on Thursdays, either in the morning or afternoon. Details via. the wellbeing hub or the website.
We also run a number of peer led activities throughout the week.
The hope hub - which was held on a Saturday evening, has currently come to an end of the pilot programme. It is hoped that we will be able to run a similar programme soon.
S.P.A.C.E. is our Suicide Prevention Awareness, Connection and Education Project. It is a psycho-educational programme based around group therapy and 'compassionate conversations'. There is a weekly face to face meeting on a Sunday afternoon at the water activities centre, floating bridge road. This is augmented by a Wednesday evening support meeting for 1 hour. Also access to an online educational platform offering a range of courses, people can access in their own time. This includes 'working through worry', journalling, art workshops, embodiment through movement, discovering oneself and working through emotions. There are also a range of other free courses and workshops which can be accessed.
Face to face meeting at the water activities centre, floating bridge road, Longbridge Industrial Estate, Floating Bridge Rd, Southampton SO14 3FL

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£10.00 per month membership Per Session
People may attend free for a 'taster' visit. After that everyone pays a member's attendance fee. Refreshments - tea/coffee etc., included. We provide a light lunch at additional cost on a Wednesday. (£1.00 for a filled roll or small salad £2.00 for a large salad). We charge extra for cookery, encaustic art, floristry for taking the items home. We have a number of peer led groups in the community throughout the week.


Referral required
Referral Details

We can accept referrals, however we operate an 'open door' policy and allow people to 'refer' themselves.  We issue a membership form for people to fill in requiring information about their next of kin and their main support i.e. key worker etc., so we can contact them if required.  We issue a guidance booklet for people once they decide to become members.  Young people aged 16-18 years need to be referred by an appropriate adult.  Over 18's may refer themselves.  In any case, all are welcome to come on a trial visit to see what they think about the group before they decide.

Any Other Notes

We are a mental health service and suitable to people who have a range of mental health issues.  We can also cater for people with a mild learning disability or dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental health issue.  We also support some people with the early stages of dementia.  However, we are not suitable for people who are severely impaired cognitively or in intelligence.  Our main membership average age is 30's and 40's in the main, but we do have a number of older people and are able to accept people over 65 years depending on the particular person in question.  It depends on how people respond to what we are offering.  This is why we encourage people to visit initially to see if they feel they would like to come and can fit in with our group.

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