Keeping the Hope Day 2017



Creative Options held its third annual 'Keeping the Hope' suicide awareness and prevention workshop on Friday 8th September 2017. This was mainly organised by Saire Herschel, a lady with lived experience of mental health issues who is passionate about saving lives.

The event was supported by the Good Mental Health Co-operative, Recovery College, British Red Cross and a number of other organisations, including the Samaritans who provided information for the stalls. Mr Stephen Press, one of our Trustees was MC for the day and Councillor Paul Lewzey and Alan Whitehead MP supported the event.

Meta from 'Living in Harmony' delivered two drumming workshops whilst Saire and the 'With A Song In Mind' group delivered two singing sessions. There was a quiet reflective space in the rear hall and a 'Tree of Hope' which people were invited to add their messages onto.




Messages of hope.

The whole day was based around a theme introduced with the poem 'Behind the Headlines' which was written especially last year (Behind_The_Headlines_Poem.pdf). The theme was carried throughout the day with the 'River of Hope or the River of Despair'--two rivers with several different interactive 'stations', and with the interactive theatre, which was also written especially for the day.




River of hope.

The interactive theatre told the story of the lives of three different people: a young student with serious self-harm attempts, an older man who has had to take early retirement from his accountancy business due to being recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and a nurse who has just returned to work after several weeks off with serious depression and a secret suicide attempt. The three stories were acted out throughout the day and the audience were invited to participate in discussion. Following each scene, the audience was invited to reflect and to visit the different 'stations' on the river.



Interactive theatre: Nurse faces her appraisal when returning to work after an episode of severe depression.



Interactive theatre: Daughter pleads with her Dad that his life is worth living after being diagnosed with early stage dementia.

A buffet lunch was served and the day culminated with a summary of the dramas and feedback from the actors. We then invited people to record their 'Routes of Resilience' and messages of hope on the flipcharts. People were given fridge magnets and keyrings designed by one of our own artists. They were also given candles to light and invited to attend the Peace Fountain the following Sunday 10th September. This event marked World Suicide Awareness day where candles were lit in memory of those who had died and hope for those who have survived.

Creative Options are grateful for the support from Southern Health Foundation Trust who provided funding for the room hire and buffet, and Rev. Masters of Central Baptist for hosting the event. We are also grateful to James Wilson from the University of Southampton for his input with the play, and to community journalist Claudia Murg who has made a video of the interactive theatre, available soon after editing. We are very grateful for the support of all our Trustees, members and all those who supported the day to make it a success.

Thank you also to those who supported the Sunday Peace Fountain event: Our members, others with lived experience, members of the Council and others from community involvement.



Murder Mystery Dinner

How do you fancy getting your best togs on and taking your friends and family to a delicious three course meal and fabulously entertaining evening of fun with our murder mystery dinner?

Help solve a dastardly murder at the glitzy premier of "I'm Your Number One Fang!". With a careful examination of the clues, sharp observation and discussion with your fellow diners - who knows, it might be your table which solves the murder by coffee time!

The event will take place on Saturday 11th November. Please arrive at 7:00 PM for welcome drinks and clues before the 7:30 PM sit down for dinner.

Book now to avoid disappointment- only £25.00 per ticket including the three course meal and a glass of wine on arrival.

For more information, please contact Frances Heather on 07850 189069 or e-mail frances.anne@btinternet.com



Actors Needed on 'Keeping the Hope' Day

Calling all actors and potential thespians!

Do you like acting or role-play? Can you improvise? Would you like to participate in some interactive theatre?

We are seeking actors to participate in the 'Keeping the Hope' Day Interactive Theatre on September 8th (11:00 - 4:00 PM). You will need to attend a couple of brief rehearsals beforehand but there will be no line learning - just improvisation and role-play. This is a very powerful medium and it can be great fun to take part!

If you are interested, please contact Frances as soon as possible on 07850 189069



Autumn Term 2017 Programme

Autumn Term 2017.pdf



Notes for the New Term

21st September - Visiting speaker from Yellow Door

27th September - Visit from Frank from Studio Red to discuss proposed gym membership provision

11th October and 25th October - Pottery Course



Summer Break

The Drop-In sessions are now over for the summer, but other activities will be continuing until the very end of July. On Monday 31st July, we will hold the final sessions of the term, then that will be it for the formal programme/activities!

Some activities will available throughout the summer but people must be prepared to make their own arrangements (please see the Summer 2017 Extra-Mural Programme for details).

The timetable will officially recommence on the 4th of September.



New Drop-In Venue

From the 6th September, the venue for the Wednesday Drop-Ins will be changing. We will be meeting at the Freemantle United Reformed Church (257 Shirley Road, Southampton, SO15 3HS).

Please note also that there will be no Drop-In next week (26th July) but other activities will continue as normal until the end of the term.



Summer 2017 Extra-Mural

summer extra-mural programme.pdf



Funding

Good news! We have received funding from the People's Health Trust! We have added their logo to our website above.



Rock Climbing

We are holding a special Rock Climbing event on Wednesday 19th July at 3:30 PM at Boulder Shack in Bevois Valley. To book, please contact Frances Heather on 07850 189069. The cost is £5.00 per person (with the subsidy paid for by us, the price goes down from £8.50 to £5.00).

As of this writing (6th of July at 14:00), there are 4 places left to book!



Changes to the Timetable

Our timetable has been updated with two new activities - 'Sailability' Sailing Group (Thursdays) and 'Not Staying In' Social Group (Saturdays).

Please note also that:
- Our Photography Group will be changing to weekly sessions from the 5th of June.
- We now offer an optional Swimming Group after every Wednesday Drop-In (cost: £2.00).



A Deep South Gospel Sing-Along

Join us on Sunday 16th July at 2:30 PM at the Central Baptist Church for a very swinging 'Songs of Praise'! Please apply for tickets with Frances Heather (e-mail or call 07850 189069). Admission price is £8 per person (£8 includes a cuppa, or £10 for a full cream tea). This event is a fund-raiser for us.

jazz flyer.pdf



Spring Fair - Thanks for Participating!

Big thanks to everyone who came and helped at the Spring Fair on the 13th May! £280 was raised by the event!



New 2017 Programme

summer 2017.pdf



Spring Fair

Our Spring Fair and Table Top Sale is taking place on Saturday 13th May from 11 - 2PM at the Central Baptist Church. See leaflet below for details.

spring fair flyer.pdf



Time to Talk

We will be holding an open afternoon on Thursday 2nd February from 2:30--4:00 PM at the Central Baptist Church for women to talk about mental health issues. See leaflet below for details.

time to talk poster 2017.pdf



Mental Health Awareness Day

We will be participating in a mental health awareness day on Monday 30th January at the Third Age Centre. Our 'With A Song in Mind' singing group will be performing there too.



2017 Flyers

Winter term 2017.pdf
knit and relax group.pdf
men's social group.pdf
new 'make n' mend' flyer.pdf
with a song in mind A5 flyer.pdf
baking and cookery classes.pdf



Christmas Events

Friday 16th December: Fork buffet (carvery) at Central Baptist Church, 12.30 p.m. - all welcome £6.00 each - money to Marie please

Wednesday 21st December: Making table arrangements and wreaths with Julie. Evening meal at the Giddy Bridge London Road, 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. from £7.00 upwards (depending on number of courses chosen) - names and deposits to Frances Heather please

Sunday January 22nd: Disco and American Supper at Freemantle Community Centre, Randolph Street, all welcome.

Creative Options is closed from 21st December until week commencing Monday 9th January.



Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Autumn 2016 new.pdf



Spring Fair

Our Spring Fair and Table Top Sale is taking place on Saturday 13th May from 11 - 2PM at the Central Baptist Church. See leaflet below for details.

spring fair flyer.pdf



Time to Talk

We will be holding an open afternoon on Thursday 2nd February from 2:30--4:00 PM at the Central Baptist Church for women to talk about mental health issues. See leaflet below for details.

time to talk poster 2017.pdf



Mental Health Awareness Day

We will be participating in a mental health awareness day on Monday 30th January at the Third Age Centre. Our 'With A Song in Mind' singing group will be performing there too.



New 2017 Flyers

Winter term 2017.pdf
knit and relax group.pdf
men's social group.pdf
new 'make n' mend' flyer.pdf
with a song in mind A5 flyer.pdf
baking and cookery classes.pdf



Christmas Events

Friday 16th December: Fork buffet (carvery) at Central Baptist Church, 12.30 p.m. - all welcome £6.00 each - money to Marie please

Wednesday 21st December: Making table arrangements and wreaths with Julie. Evening meal at the Giddy Bridge London Road, 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. from £7.00 upwards (depending on number of courses chosen) - names and deposits to Frances Heather please

Sunday January 22nd: Disco and American Supper at Freemantle Community Centre, Randolph Street, all welcome.

Creative Options is closed from 21st December until week commencing Monday 9th January.



Autumn 2016 newsletter

Autumn 2016 new.pdf



New Programme and New Flyers

Autumn programme 2016.pdf
art and floristry.pdf
baking and cookery classes 2016.pdf
'coping with the challenge of Christmas'.pdf
creative classes at Central.pdf
knit and relax group.pdf
men's social group.pdf
new wrap poster.png
sewing classes with Karen 2016.pdf
wellbeing wednesdays.pdf
with a song in mind A5 flyer 2016.pdf
women's support group.pdf



Keeping the Hope Day - A Success!

'Creative Options Community Project' held a very successful 'keeping the hope' day on 10th September 2016.  The day was the inspiration of Sarah Herschel and the third such event she has organised.  James Wilson joined us from the University and headed up interactive theatre with Frances and Ron Heather and Sarah from Creative Mental Health. The drama was responded to very well with a lot of audience participation and interaction.  It was very powerful indeed. The day also comprised of various stalls with Lise Marron from Capable Creatures, Sam and Jane from Healthwatch and our colleague Carolyn Barber and friends from The Good Mental Health Company.  There was also an art table display of photographs and poetry and reflective space in the rear hall, where people could write messages for the 'hope' tree and light candles.  Around 50 people attended and some 35 plus stayed all day and enjoyed a free buffet lunch provided by our social enterprise 'tasty options'. We were delighted to see Sarah's parents attend all the way from Wales especially for the occasion.  We had keynote speeches from the Mayor and Paul Lewzey. The day was very successful and we hope to do another even bigger and better next year. Many thanks to everyone who participated and helped.



Creative Options is a Registered Charity

We are now a registered charity No. 1169194


New Venue for Wednesdays

From October 5th there is a new venue for the Wednesday drop-in:
Freemantle Community Centre, Randolph Street

(All other activities at Central Baptist Church)


Keeping the Hope - Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Saturday 10th September 2016 at Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Road, Polygon, SO15 2GY (11am - 4pm). More information in the documents below.


keeping the hope 20`6 A5.pdf

keeping the hope A4 poster.pdf


New Project Leader required

Looking for Project Leader/Peer Support Co-ordinator for 'Creative Options'.

- £9.00 per hour
- 4 hours per week (flexitime) on short term (renewable) grant funded contract (hopefully extended to 6 hours later on)
- Managerial and administrative duties
- Experience of mental health an advantage
- Own transport an advantage

Telephone: 07850 189069
E-mail: frances.anne@btinternet.com

Closing date: 27th July 2016


Project Leader application form.docx
Project Director job description.pdf



New Venue, New Programme and Tea/Buffet Price Updates

Hello All, Webmaster here! 


Annual General Meeting, 2016

11.30 a.m., Wed 4th May 2016 at the Central Baptist Church is the time and place for our Annual General Meeting, so please do come along to that. It will be during one of our usual Creative Options drop-ins, so the only extra thing to do is remember to bring any issues that you think should be discussed. 


Wellbeing through the arts' day May 14th 2016

Calling all artists, poets, musicians etc.! Do you have lived experience of mental health issues? Do you enjoy the arts?' please come and share this day with us,  we are looking for:-paintings, pottery, other 3D art works for exhibition, photography, poetry.  We are also looking for people to do demonstrations/talks and workshop leaders, such as dance/movement  and art techniques

'Creative Options Community Project' is holding a 'wellbeing through the arts' day to coincide with Hampshire Festival of the Mind in May 

The aim is to have a day celebrating the arts as this year's theme is 'creativity creates change'.  


We want to celebrate how the arts can be therapeutic and through our involvement we can find fulfilment, healing and wholeness whatever our life experiences are. 

We intend to hold an art exhibition of paintings,photography 3D work etc., demonstrations/talks, workshops on music, pottery,
craft, poetry, dance and art, craft tables for people to sell their creative wares.  The emphasis is on mental health and although we welcome anyone:  we are specifically appealing for people with lived experience of mental health to share with us.  This includes people experiencing dementia.  We also welcome contributions from people with learning difficulties. 

The time is 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday May 14th Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Road, Southampton SO15 2GY

Cost £5.00 for all participants and includes a buffet lunch

£5.00 to have a table to sell

For further information please contact Frances Heather on
07850189069 frances.anne@btinternet.com

Annual General Meeting, 2015

12 noon, Wed 29 Apr 2015 at the Central Baptist Church is the time and place for our Annual General Meeting, so please do come along to that. It will be during one of our usual Creative Options drop-ins, so the only extra thing to do is remember to bring any issues that you think should be discussed. 

New Venue for Creative Options

Along with our new programme, from Wed 1 Apr 2015, we have been using our new venue at the Central Baptist Church in Devonshire Road here in Southampton. There is also a drama group that starts from 1 p.m., and to not clash with them, we have changed our drop-in times to 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This also means you can stay after the drop-in to join the drama group if you wish! 

New Programme for 2015 post Easter

The new programme for after Easter and co-incident with our new venue is partly up on the home page for all to find easily. More will be added later. 

New Prices for Tea/Buffet Service

From 1 Apr 2015, we have new prices (and also surcharges) for the buffets.

Also, I've split the Cake and Tea/Buffet lists between two separate pages to make it easier to maintain and navigate. 

Closure of the “Ragged Teapot” café at Sembal House

Sadly, we had to close the “Ragged Teapot” café on Fri 27 Mar, as the level of custom we needed to be viable never came about, and indeed fell away so much that losses mounted too much. 

News Section

After finally figuring out how to create sub-pages (a very subtle procedure!), I've structured the News webpage so that:

  • only the really important latest news is right here on the News webpage 

  • the latest news from all topics is on the Latest News sub-page, and 

  • one can find older, archived news on each topic's own sub-page, so if you have a faint memory of some link or place you're sure you once read about, that's the place to look. 

(Updated Sat 18 Apr 2015.)