Creative Steps Programme

About Creative Steps

The Creative Steps Programme is a mental health programme which Plantation Productions started in 2014. We run mental health support groups with arts and crafts activities from Monday—Friday in local health centres and in our workshop ‘Gallery 966’ on Govan Road. We create supportive spaces where members can get out of the house, try something new and make friends.

“I have realised that in this group you don’t concentrate on what is wrong with you – you just start to lead a normal life.”

People experiencing mental health problems told us that there were too many barriers to attending community-based services on their own. In response we developed an approach which begins by taking the creative work to people at their own familiar venue.  This supports people to sustain long-term engagement, enjoy activities in their community, and benefit from peer to peer support.

Step 1:  Creative Courses in Mental Health Resource Centres/Health Centres

We deliver creative courses as outreach – taking the programme to you.

Step 2: Linked Community Group – Time Out

On completion of courses we offer attendance at one of our creative peer support groups at Gallery 966 in Govan. Entry is by referral (can be self -referral) and support workers can also attend. These classes are led either by an artist tutor or by members of the groups themselves.

Step 3:  Integrated Classes in the Community:

Members are supported to integrate with the wider community and experience new challenges, including sewing groups, ceramics classes, film-making and digital media, a community choir, participation in the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and mental health workshops.

For more information contact: Tel. 0141-387-2596

Programme supported by The National Lottery through their Improving Lives fund.

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