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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
Michelle Emereau
Contact Position
Project Leader
07784 365892
Charity number

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 drop in.

We also use :-

Freemantle Community Centre on Mondays for our photography and I.T. group   Randolph Street, SO15 3HE

The Third Age Centre Cranbury Terrace  SO14 OLH  currently for our singing group on a Monday afternoon

Board in the City - 38 Onslow Road, Southampton, SO14 0JG for our young people's project

Central Baptist Church SO15 2GY for our men's group. community cafe and art club - all weekly on a Friday plus our bi-monthly cookery classes.

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
Session Information
10.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Wednesdays Shirley Warren Action Centre, 107-117 Warren Crescent, SO16 6AY
Mondays 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. photography/i.t. group (fortnightly, weeks 1 & 3 ) and camera club/field trips on other weeks (wks 2 and 4)
Mondays 2.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. 'with a song in mind' singing group Third Age Centre SO14 OLH every week
Thursdays 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. young people's club Board in the City SO14 OJG (commencing end October 2018) every week
Fridays 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Men's group Central Baptist Church SO15 2GY
Fridays community cafe 12.30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Central Baptist Church SO15 2GY
Fridays - cookery class - 2nd and 3rd week of the month (meal cookery/cake-baking) 2 p.m. Central Baptist Church SO15 2GY
Fridays - 'creative expressions' art club 2 p.m. Central Baptist Church SO15 2GY
Saturdays bi-monthly 'not staying in club' peer-run group various venues - trips out etc., (see saire for details at drop-in)
Saturdays young people's brunch and social club 11.30 - 3 30 p.m. Board in the City SO14 OJG and using community venues(commences November 2018) monthly
Thursday 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. 'Hope' workshop at Board in the City SO14 OJG free workshop producing 'products of hope' and desk-top publishing

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£2.50 pay as you go for drop-in Per Session
£1.50 members for photography or £3 pay as you go Per Session
£4.00 for cake-baking and £6.00 for cookery to take home two meal portions Per Session
£2.00 a head for young people's sessions Per Session
cost of breakfast/brunch for Saturday young people's sessions Per Session
£5 a month for full membership incl discount at other groups Per Term
men's group, art club, music group £2 pay as you go or £1.00 for full members Per Session
£13.50 half price gym membership for members per month at University gym Per Term
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 roll or small salad £2.00 for a large salad). We charge extra for cookery, encaustic art, floristry for taking the items home. We also provide an extra-mural programme of sports offering subsidised swimming, aqua fit, gym membership and sailing (in season). We also offer monthly horse-riding at a greatly subsidised rate and canoeing, rock-climbing and archery lessons.


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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