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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.  However, in the light of the recent increase of covid19 with the variants, we are asking people to wear masks again.  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 are hoping this will restart in the New Year.  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.  The pilot for this project has just finished and we hope to offer more in the New Year.   In addition, we have a number of other wellbeing activities and special interest groups, some of which are peer-led.  Many of our services are also available on zoom and live streamed.  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Frances Heather
Contact Position
Founder and Trustee
07780627961 admin support (mainly available on Thursdays)
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,
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 12.30 p.m. at the wellbeing hub at the Action Church.  Men meet on a Friday.  Women meet on a Thursday morning or afternoon.  Social meet ups are arranged as and when required when covid19 restrictions lift further.   One of our members runs a peer led mindfulness and colouring group fortnightly on a Saturday.  In the New Year a new art and craft group will be starting also.  There are a number of other peer led activities.  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 to restart this in the New Year
Our S.P.A.C.E. Programme pilot has just come to the end. S.P.A.C.E. is suicide prevention, awareness, connection and education. We ran an online interactive programme and offered a weekly group with recovery based discussion and 'live' tutors, offering positive psychology, laughter yoga, inter-active theatre forum and core art journalling. This was a very good pilot. We are hoping to re-run something similar in the New Year.

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 (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.


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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