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#ChangenotCharity

Creative Start in Arts

Set up in 2012 to provide creative arts opportunities and activities to support aftercare for those in recovery and their families. They use a peer support structure focusing on trust and personal development to deliver a service that people feel part of and involved in, helping rebuild confidence and self esteem. The group teaches art techniques and involves members in creative community projects such as murals, art exhibitions and designing merchandise to help sustain the service, including prints, badges, keyrings, magnet and t-shirts. They secured funding to deliver a project called “Photofit” that combined both fitness and creativity to aid the recovery process. Over 50 people took part in local walks that were led by an experienced walker, a photographer and an artist/recovery mentor – the image shown is one that was captured during one of those walks. The group supported people who are in recovery that don’t exercise regularly. Exercise is essential to the recovery process and promotes positive mental health, reduces stress and anxiety and releases feel-good endorphins.