Creative ways to improve wellbeing

Story and photo by James Woollen

The Creative Pathways project helps to address issues of social exclusion and health and is based at Spartan House on Carlisle Street. The project is organised by Mrs Nor Ali (pictured) and managed by Freda Cotterell, supported by local health champions.

Their activities include the Talking Shop Health Check Project (Monday 11am – 2pm), and the women’s walking group (meets on Mondays at 10 – 11 am and on Wednesdays 6 – 7pm). The art group on Friday mornings (10.30 – 12.30) helps people with mental health issues and their carers. Members can take part just for fun, or there are opportunities to display their creative talents at art shows dedicated to raising awareness of mental health.

Shaheen Rashid, leader of the women’s health walk, said, “Participation in the walks has encouraged ladies to come out of their homes, reducing depression and increasing social interaction.” Creative Pathways also helps people with online tasks relating to job applications, banking and other important matters. Referral to Creative Pathways services can be made by SOAR health trainers or sometimes by self referral. For more information, contact Creative Pathways on 0114 270 1066.