• Actors Needed on 'Keeping the Hope' Day

    Calling all actors and potential thespians!

    Do you like acting or role-play? Can you improvise? Would you like to participate in some interactive theatre?

    We are seeking actors to participate in the 'Keeping the Hope' Day Interactive Theatre on September 8th (11:00 - 4:00 PM). You will need to attend a couple of brief rehearsals beforehand but there will be no line learning - just improvisation and role-play. This is a very powerful medium and it can be great fun to take part!

    If you are interested, please contact Frances as soon as possible on 07850 189069

  • Autumn Term 2017 Programme

    Autumn Term 2017.pdf

  • Notes for the New Term

    21st September - Visiting speaker from Yellow Door

    27th September - Visit from Frank from Studio Red to discuss proposed gym membership provision

    11th October and 25th October - Pottery Course

  • Summer Break

    The Drop-In sessions are now over for the summer, but other activities will be continuing until the very end of July. On Monday 31st July, we will hold the final sessions of the term, then that will be it for the formal programme/activities!

    Some activities will available throughout the summer but people must be prepared to make their own arrangements (please see the Summer 2017 Extra-Mural Programme for details).

    The timetable will officially recommence on the 4th of September.

  • New Drop-In Venue

    From the 6th September, the venue for the Wednesday Drop-Ins will be changing. We will be meeting at the Freemantle United Reformed Church (257 Shirley Road, Southampton, SO15 3HS).

    Please note also that there will be no Drop-In next week (26th July) but other activities will continue as normal until the end of the term.

  • Summer 2017 Extra-Mural Programme

    summer extra-mural programme.pdf

  • Funding

    Good news! We have received funding from the People's Health Trust! We have added their logo to our website above.

  • Rock Climbing

    We are holding a special Rock Climbing event on Wednesday 19th July at 3:30 PM at Boulder Shack in Bevois Valley. To book, please contact Frances Heather on 07850 189069. The cost is £5.00 per person (with the subsidy paid for by us, the price goes down from £8.50 to £5.00).

    As of this writing (6th of July at 14:00), there are 4 places left to book!

  • Changes to the Timetable

    Our timetable has been updated with two new activities - 'Sailability' Sailing Group (Thursdays) and 'Not Staying In' Social Group (Saturdays).

    Please note also that:
    - Our Photography Group will be changing to weekly sessions from the 5th of June.
    - We now offer an optional Swimming Group after every Wednesday Drop-In (cost: £2.00).

  • A Deep South Gospel Sing-Along

    Join us on Sunday 16th July at 2:30 PM at the Central Baptist Church for a very swinging 'Songs of Praise'! Please apply for tickets with Frances Heather (e-mail or call 07850 189069). Admission price is £8 per person (£8 includes a cuppa, or £10 for a full cream tea). This event is a fund-raiser for us.

    jazz flyer.pdf

  • Spring Fair - Thanks for Participating!

    Big thanks to everyone who came and helped at the Spring Fair on the 13th May! £280 was raised by the event!

  • New 2017 Programme

    summer 2017.pdf

  • Spring Fair

    Our Spring Fair and Table Top Sale is taking place on Saturday 13th May from 11 - 2PM at the Central Baptist Church. See leaflet below for details.

    spring fair flyer.pdf

  • Time to Talk

    We will be holding an open afternoon on Thursday 2nd February from 2:30--4:00 PM at the Central Baptist Church for women to talk about mental health issues. See leaflet below for details.

    time to talk poster 2017.pdf

  • Mental Health Awareness Day

    We will be participating in a mental health awareness day on Monday 30th January at the Third Age Centre. Our 'With A Song in Mind' singing group will be performing there too.

  • 2017 Flyers

    Winter term 2017.pdf
    knit and relax group.pdf
    men's social group.pdf
    new 'make n' mend' flyer.pdf
    with a song in mind A5 flyer.pdf
    baking and cookery classes.pdf

(PLEASE NOTE: As of 31/07/17, we are on a break - the programme recommences on the 4th of September)

Creative Options is a community based project aimed at providing support, encouragement, mentoring, training and opportunities to people with mental health issues and others experiencing psychological and emotional distress living in the community.

Timetable of Events

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday


(All Day)

'Not Staying In' Social Group (Fortnightly)


10:30 - 2:30

Drop-In (Weekly)

Freemantle United Reformed Church


10:30 - 12:30

Men's Social Group (Weekly)

Central Baptist Church



11:30 - 1:30

Photography Group (Weekly)

Computer Club (Fortnightly)

Freemantle Community Centre


11:30 - 1:30

'Sailability' Sailing (Weekly)

Testwood Lakes




2:00 - 3:00

'With A Song In Mind'
Singing Group (Weekly)

Third Age Centre

2:00 - 4:00


Central Baptist Church


2:00 - 4:00

'Creative Expressions' Art Club (Weekly)

Cookery Class
(2nd & 3rd week of the month)

Central Baptist Church


2:30 - 4:30

'Knit and Relax' (Fortnightly)

Women's Support Group

Central Baptist Church





6:00 - 7:00
(OR 7:30 - 8:30)

'Sailability' Sailing (Weekly)

Southampton Water Activities Centre


(Last updated: 22/07/17)


Mondays: Photography Group, 'With A Song In Mind' Singing Group & 'Sailability' Sailing

Photography Group - 1st/3rd week of the month is an 'in' group doing digital photography and using computers, and 2nd/4th is an 'out' group doing camera club. Cost of £2.50 per person on the 'in' weeks only.

'With A Song In Mind' - Singing and music group with Saire Herschel. Bring instruments if you wish. Free of charge. Free refreshments provided.

'Sailability' Sailing - Takes place at 6:00 - 7:00 or 7:30 - 8:30 depending on the demand for either slot. Arrangements are made and times chosen the previous week.


Tuesdays: W.R.A.P.

W.R.A.P. (Wellness, Recovery, Action, Planning) support group for those who have completed a W.R.A.P. course and want support for working with their W.R.A.P. Contact Michael Johnston for details at mjammy81@gmail.com.

Cost is £1.50, including refreshments.


Wednesdays: Drop-In

10:30 11:00 - Meet and Greet with refreshments.

11:00 - 11:30 - Quiz with prizes.

11:30 - 12:30 - Members forum, members meetings or focus groups.


1st week of the month:

12:30 - 1:30 -

a) 'Creative' Option - Make n' Mend with Karen Tait - Learning how to hand and machine sew, make alterations etc. Making items for self, charity or sale. (Cost is £1 unless you are bringing your own materials/making repairs or making something for charity or to sell and not for yourself.)

b) 'Active' Option - Sports or walk.

c) 'Social' Option - Table games or choose your own activity.

1:30 -2:30 - Social Committee in parlour

2:30 - Fund-raising Committee

2nd week of the month:

12:30 - 1:30 -

a) 'Creative' Option - Floristry (£4/£5 each - please book the week before if possible), encaustic art (£1 each) or papercrafts.

b) 'Active' Option - Swimming at Shirley Pool, other sports or walk

c) 'Social' Option - Table games or choose your own activity.

1:30 - Music Appreciation in main hall; Recovery Star with Michelle in parlour.

3rd week of the month:

12:30 - 1:30 -

a) 'Creative' Option - Papercrafts.

b) 'Active' Option - Gardening Club at Shirley Warren Community Garden, sports or walk.

c) 'Social' Option - Table games or choose your own activity.

d) 'Wellbeing' Option - Self-care, facials, manicure, massage etc.

1:30 - 2:00 - Healthy Lifestyle Club in parlour.

2:00 - Exercises/relaxation in parlour.

4th week of the month:

12:30 - 1:30 -

a) 'Creative' Option - Make n' Mend Sewing Club or papercrafts.

b) 'Active' Option - Swimming at Shirley Pool, sports or walk.

c) 'Social Option' - Table games or choose your own activity.

1:30 - Music Appreciation in main hall; Recovery Star with Michelle in parlour.

5th week of the month:

In a 5 week month, there will be catch-up sessions to make up for when tutors were on holiday or special courses were held over the normal sessions.

1:30 - Communications Group - Discussion in the parlour.

Free for first visit, following visits £2.50. Alternative/additional prices for sewing/upholstery, floristry and pottery. Lunch is available to purchase every week at reasonable prices.

There is an optional Swimming Group at Shirley Pool during/after drop-in as arranged each week. £2.00 subsidy towards cost.


Thursdays: 'Sailability' Sailing, 'Knit and Relax' & Women's Support Group

'Sailability' - Arrangements made on Wednesdays. Meet at 11.30 a.m. for transport. Cost is £3.00 each plus £2.00 subsidy from Creative Options towards the £5.00 per person.

'Knit and Relax' - With Bev Newman. Bring your stitchery projects and chat with others in a supportive environment. Optional relaxation session at 4:00. Cost is £1.50, including refreshments. Contact 07850 189069 for further details.


Fridays: 'Creative Expressions' Art Club & Cookery Class

Art Club - Using creative media and the arts. Free of charge. Refreshments available.

Cookery Class - Purchase cost of £6 to take meals home and £4 for cakes. Usually the 2nd or 3rd week of the month, but this can change sometimes. See Julie Anstey for details.


Saturdays: 'Not Staying In' Social Group

Outings to places of interest using public transport (or car for those whom public transport is difficult). See Saire Herschel for details.


Creative Options meets at:

Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Road, Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2GY

Freemantle Community Centre, Randolph Street, Southampton, SO15 3HE

Third Age Centre, 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0LH

Freemantle United Reformed Church, 257 Shirley Road, Southampton, SO15 3HS

Southampton Water Activities Centre, Floating Bridge Road, Southampton, SO14 3FL