What Participants Say

Here are a few testimonials from Creative Alternatives participants:

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“When I first signed up to Creative Alternatives, I was in a really bad way. I had only been to one other group since attempting suicide and had basically been house bound for several months I was anxious going but the project worker, Sheryl, met me outside at the library and she was very welcoming. I just needed to have a reason to get out the house. I didn’t expect anything transformative, however I learnt so much. I learnt how to communicate and how to do several crafts as well as mindfulness. It opened my eyes to what I was capable of and I will be forever grateful for their support and constant assurance.” (Tamsin – Creative Alternatives – 2017-18)

“I can go to a workshop and forget all my problems and it relaxes me.”

“You have given me a new lease of liveliness.”

“I have not felt judged and I know if I am unable to do some of the tasks no one will force me to do it and no one will judge me.”

“I am finding confidence to speak to strangers, to have opinions, and to find a little courage to face my fears. I am becoming more involved again and less withdrawn.”

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“Creative Alternatives gave me a lifeline and helped me begin a creative journey for myself. It gave me a reason to get up and have a shower, if only for that one day. I found I could be a part of society, I could stick to a routine and I could enjoy and find pleasure in what I was doing. The other people on Creative Alternatives made you feel not so alone in your struggles, accepting you as you are no matter what was happening in your life. Creative Alternatives becomes like a family a safe place to be with people who really care.” (Nicola – Creative Alternatives, 2016)

“I’m mixing, getting out of the house, forgetting troubles, making friends and getting back to art which I really enjoy.”

“The sessions get me out of my house – which I was scared to do. The sessions lift my mood and it helps to meet other people who understand how I feel.”

“I think this could be a real milestone for me. Everyone was so welcoming and kind, and I feel I made some real friends. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. As I mentioned to you, I’ve done a great deal of choral singing in the past, but it is something I haven’t felt able to do recently. To sing again in harmony from music felt wonderful, and was a very important step for me.”

Social“I am really having a great time at the sessions and feel much more happy in myself after each one, also it gives me optimism for the future which is good ‘cos it was looking a tad bleak beforehand.”

“I like doing art because it helps me express something which is beyond words. Because it relieves me. I don’t have words for everything I feel but I can express my feelings through drawing or mask making. I always feel better afterwards.”

”I just want you to know how special and important these arts workshops are to me. They are a lifeline. They are the only moments in a week when I feel free to share and communicate. They draw my emotions, and make me feel vulnerable but somehow safe too. They give me a confidence to try to express some of my fears and deepest feelings, and there are always people there who are willing to listen and encourage.”