What is Creative Steps?
We use creative participation and peer support to promote positive mental health.
We run fun and engaging arts and crafts classes for adults experiencing a mental health condition. Our friendly and creative tutors deliver a wide range of workshops: examples from the last year include working with clay, jewellery making, hand sewing, paper crafting and felting.
All our classes are free. We are grateful to be funded by the National Lottery Community Project and the Glasgow Council Communities Fund.
The Creative Steps Programme is part of Plantation Productions, an award winning arts and media charity based in Govan.
We have adapted our services in line with the current restrictions. This involves a blend of in person and digital activities, such as little in-person classes, online groups and creative craft packs.
You can see a full up to date list of what we are currently doing on our Current Programme page.
Usual Services (Currently suspended until guidance allows)
We use a progression model, based on three steps. Participants can join at any stage.
Step 1: Outreach Classes in Health Settings
Taking the first step to attending a group can be daunting, so we have taken our classes out into the community as part of our outreach programme. This means that participants can attend a group in a location that they are already familiar with. We work from a number of health locations across the south of Glasgow, such as Health Centres and Mental Health Resource Centres. These groups last for 6 weeks.
If you attend one of the locations that we run groups from, the staff there will be able to tell you how to sign up and when the next group will start. After completing the class, participants have the option to join one of our internal classes if they wish to do so.
Step 2: Community Based Classes at Gallery 966
Our tutor led classes at Gallery 966 run weekly and participants can attend for as long as they want. These groups are fun and engaging and every week there is a new creative activity to try.
The groups are attended by the same participants, meaning that those joining can get to know others in their groups and form connections, utilising the peer support model. Participants do not need to have attend our outreach programme (Step 1) first – if they are happy to do so, they can join one of our community based classes directly.
Our groups last for 2 hours, with a break in the middle, and refreshments like tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. All materials and equipment is provided – just bring yourself.
Step 3: Further Activities, Events and Wider Participation
Participants attending our community based groups will be given the option to take part in a number of additional, skills based classes throughout the year. These extra classes run for a set amount of time and are usually specialised in a certain subject – such as photography and sewing.
We also plan activities for the wider community and take part in various events throughout the year.
Our Step 3 also includes our volunteering programme - we have both opportunities for participants and the wider community. Get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.
How Do I Get Involved?
The Creative Steps service is for adults, aged 18 or over.
Our groups are for individuals experiencing a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety.
Referral Process (Self Referral) to our community classes at Gallery 966:
If you would like to find out more or join one of our groups, please get in touch for a chat.
We will arrange a time to meet with you so that you can see the group space and ask any questions.
If you are happy to proceed and join one of our groups, we will look at your availability and find a place for you. We currently have 6 groups running from Monday to Thursday: all groups do the same activities.
On your first day, we will greet you and take you to meet our tutor and the group. All of our groups are friendly and relaxed so you will be made to feel very welcome.
Referral Information for Health Professionals / Third Sector:
If you are interested in referring one of your service users / patients to our programme, please get in touch by phone or email. We will arrange a referral meeting with the individual, which you are more than welcome to attend with them.
If you work within one of our outreach locations, please get in contact with the designated staff member who coordinates the groups within your place of work to make a referral.
As restrictions on activities are currently in place, we are happy to take referrals for our distance services over the phone.
As we are only able to run small groups of 4 currently, we have a waiting list for in person groups. We will try to get places for everyone as quickly as we can - in line with safety guidance.