• Special Offer on Murder Mystery Tickets

    Book a table for 10 people and get the 10th ticket free!

    A total payment of £225 can be made for 10 tickets instead of the usual £250 -- that's £25 off! Alternatively, you can think of it as each of the 10 persons paying £22.50 per ticket instead of the usual £25!

    The Murder Mystery Dinner is a great opportunity for an evening of team-building and/or social night out with a group of friends or colleagues alike. Please join us!

  • Annual General Meeting

    We are holding our Annual General Meeting (A.G.M) at 11:30 - 12:30 PM on Wednesday 18th at the Freemantle United Reformed Church. Everyone is welcome and we request that all regular members make every effort to attend.

  • Mental Wealth Trialogues

    The Good Mental Health Co-operative from Portsmouth last year hosted a number of successful Mental Wealth Trialogue events and we would like to start them up again so we are hosting an event on October 5th at the Third Age Centre with the aim to re-establish these monthly meetings. Please do come along!


  • Keeping the Hope Day 2017 Recap

    Creative Options held its third annual 'Keeping the Hope' suicide awareness and prevention workshop on Friday 8th September 2017. This was mainly organised by Saire Herschel, a lady with lived experience of mental health issues who is passionate about saving lives.

    For a full recap of the event, along with photos and downloadables, please visit our news page.

  • Murder Mystery Dinner

    How do you fancy getting your best togs on and taking your friends and family to a delicious three course meal and fabulously entertaining evening of fun with our murder mystery dinner?

    Help solve a dastardly murder at the glitzy premier of "I'm Your Number One Fang!". With a careful examination of the clues, sharp observation and discussion with your fellow diners - who knows, it might be your table which solves the murder by coffee time!

    The event will take place on Saturday 11th November. Please arrive at 7:00 PM for welcome drinks and clues before the 7:30 PM sit down for dinner.

    Book now to avoid disappointment- only £25.00 per ticket including the three course meal and a glass of wine on arrival.

    For more information, please contact Frances Heather on 07850 189069 or e-mail frances.anne@btinternet.com

  • 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

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 (Click an event for more info)

(Last updated: 29/09/17)


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

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.


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: 'Knit and Relax' & Women's Support Group

'Knit and Relax' - With Flori Fernandes. 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 & 'Sailability' Sailing Monthly Meeting

'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.

'Sailability' Sailing Monthly Meeting - £8.00 with a £4.00 subsidy for members. Please contact Frances Heather 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