COVID-19 Response

Although our doors may be closed, to make sure we all stay safe, Creative Recovery is still running programmes of activities to boost wellbeing and help people to stay connected.

Here is a brief overview of what we are up to…

Mail Art Project

With support from the People’s Health Trust, Helen is also working with Recovery Through Art and Live Arts Café members on a Mail Art project to support our most isolated participants who do not have access to online offers. If you would like to contribute to this project, please send your poetry and artwork to Creative Recovery, Temperance House, Pitt Street, Barnsley, S70 1AL

Online Programme

Here is our weekly, public online programme which takes place on Creative Recovery’s facebook page:

Mondays (1-2pm): Cuppa and Chat with Steph Cronin (Trustee)- join Steph on Facebook Live for a relaxed chinwag and creative task

Tuesdays (2-4pm):  Artist Phil Hunter paints live- in place of our usual Recovery Through Art Session, join artist Phil Hunter from his studio. Watch him work and discuss techniques and life.

Fridays (7-8pm): ARTS Cafe Live- a curated hour of creative activities and inspirations inspired by the weekly theme, with creativity and wellbeing at the heart of it.

Closed Group Activities


The UPLIFT Choir and We Can Survive Singers are continuing to meet online via Zoom with project leader, Simon Grainger.

We are also holding a weekly creative catch up on a Wednesday evening, during our usual Live Arts Café, slot for members of the community to gather via Zoom.

Although we aren’t open to new referrals, please do get in touch if you feel you would benefit from getting involved, please do email us at

Other Digital Activities

There has been a wealth of online and offline activities that have sprung up, designed to boost your wellbeing and help you to get creative at home.

Here are a few places, you can explore…

Get Creative at Home

MARCH Network’s Creative Isolation resource

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance have pulled together resources here

And here’s one closer to home too…

Beat The Boredom with Barnsley Council