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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 drop-in for 4 hours one day a week (on a Wednesday currently) and a number of mid-week groups for 18+.  We also run a young people's project incorporating an early evening club weekly mid-week and monthly brunch and social club on a Saturday.  We also run work to support carers.

Who to contact

Contact Name
David Cowley
Contact Position
Operational Manager
Telephone
07554586875
07850189069
E-mail
creativeoptionsmanager@creative-options.org
Website
https://www.creative-options.org
Charity number
1169194
Notes

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

Name
The Shirley Warren Action Centre,
Address
107-117 warren crescent
Southampton
Postcode
SO16 6AY
Children's Centre Areas
Coxford Shirley Warren Lordshill
Notes

This address is where we currently hold our main drop in.

We also use :-

Coffee 1 Above Bar Street, SO14 7DT Southampton for our 'hope hub'  (*when covid19 restrictions lift) on a Saturday evening 6- 9 p.m. currently holding meetings at the Action Church.

Flourish Unit in the Marlands City Centre for our 'hope' workshop on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.00 p.m. - 6 p.m. (when covid19 restrictions lift*) 

also art club on a Friday afternoon 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. SO14 7SJ 

Central Baptist Church SO15 2GY for our bi-monthly cookery classes when covid19 restrictions lift*

Men's and women's groups are peer led groups by our members.

Men meet on a Friday.  Women meet on a Thursday afternoon.  Social meet ups are arranged as and when required when covid19 restrictions lift further.  All other groups currently running 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 drop-in on Wednesdays. We offer mid-week groups on all the other days apart from Tuesdays currently
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
10.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Wednesdays Wellbeing hub at Shirley Warren Action Centre, 107-117 Warren Crescent, SO16 6AY Currently running only 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. until covid19 restrictions lift. After May 17th it should go back to 10.30 - 2.30 p.m. This group is also live streamed and people can join via. zoom - see website for details.
Mondays 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. photography group alternate weeks digital photography at the action church, alternate weeks taking photographs in the community. 2 and 4)
Mondays 11 00 a.m. - 1 p.m. computer class at the Action Church Warren Crescent SO16 6AY
Tuesdays 3.30 p.m. 'hope' workshop teaching people transferable work skills and producing saleable items. Currently running on zoom until covid19 restrictions lift. After May 17th will be back at Flourish Unit Marlands SO14 7SL from 3.00 p.m. - 6 p.m.
women's group - self-help peer support group - meets bi-monthly for coffee and a meal out. Other weeks a support group which will meet at various coffee venues around the City -check the website for details. Currently running on zoom at 2.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. every other week.
Men's self-help peer led support group - currently running on zoom on Friday mornings from 10.30 a.m. As covid19 restrictions lift the men will be meeting in various locations around the City.
Fridays - cookery class - 2nd and 3rd week of the month (meal cookery/cake-baking) 2 p.m. Central Baptist Church SO15 2GY
Zoom fitness 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday - see website for details.
Saturday 'hope' hub currently running at the Action Church, SO16 6AY - will go back to Coffee 1 above Bar street SO14 7DT once restrictions lift. The group runs 6-9 p.m. and is also live streamed via. zoom
Coming soon! - at the end of April we will start our S.P.A.C.E. project Suicide Prevention, Awareness, Connection and Education. This is a psycho-social educational model to help people avoid suicide and self-harm and learn coping strategies. This will be a face to face provision once covid19 restrictions lift. It will commence on zoom initially. It will be on a Sunday afternoon 1- 3 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. and will also be live streamed from the venue. Venue to be confirmed - watch the website for details please.
a variety of extra-mural sports activities available - see our website for details of what is going on each month.

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£10.00 per month membership Per Session
£1.00 towards refreshments when visiting art club or photography
Details
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 (once covid19 restrictions lift again - the lunch facility will be available. (£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 member led support groups, including men's women's and a music club. We also provide an extra-mural programme including sports and other trips.

Availability

Referral required
No
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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