Creative Alternatives is an award-winning arts and wellbeing programme for people living in St.Helens experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety and/or depression.
Creative Alternatives offers a FREE programme of expressive visual arts and creative writing activities that aim to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing by:
Whilst creativity is at the heart of what we do the emphasis is on enjoying yourself, meeting new people and having some time to relax.
Once referred on to the Creative Alternatives programme you can take part in aweekly group for up to 12 weeks. Our workshops are led by trained artists who will support and guide you through a creative process using a variety of artistic techniques, creating a relaxing space with friendly faces and a time that’s just about you.
Creative activities can include a combination of: creative writing, drawing,woodwork, painting and sculpture
You can take part in Creative Alternatives if you are:
commitment to a weekly group
Creative Alternatives is funded through St.Helens Council’s Public Health Service and forms part of the Cultural Hubs – Arts in Libraries Project.
How to Access
You can either refer yourself or ask a health or social care professional to refer you in to our service. For more details please contact: Helen Holden, Project Coordinator on
07745 590 698 or email [email protected]
The project team work part-time during the week and hours can vary but generally are available to speak to anyone interested in the service of a Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Current groups take place on a Thursday afternoon and a Friday morning on set dates throughout the year.
We are also offering a group just for men that will take place in the spring 2019 (dates tbc)