COVID-19 Response

UPDATE: Due to the new Lockdown restrictions that are coming into place on November 5 2020, Creative Recovery will not be leading or delivering any in-person group activity. Our Trustees will review this status regularly, adhering to government guidance.

We are still open for online activities, creative conversations and support. Do not be alone.

As the world entered lockdown, we embarked on new territory, moving activities online and working to find new ways to keep our community connected and well.

We experimented with different types of online engagement, including Facebook lives/events and campaigns, resource packs and Zoom socials and choirs. We set up a Mail Art project sending out bespoke packs and got on the blower to people we knew were struggling and/or didn’t have access to a computer or WI-FI.

When things began to open up in the Summer, we engaged in socially distanced, outdoor conversations with participants for our Lockdown Stories project, gathering stories and experiences that will shape future artwork and become insightful testaments of life in lockdown.

We also started to safely operate small creative support group activity, adapting to the changing local and national guidelines and restrictions.  This is challenging to manage, however necessary for the mental health of our community.

We would like to give thanks to all the funders and partners that have supported us throughout this time. We wouldn’t have been able to keep going or look to the future without this support, thank you.

People’s Health Trust, Awards for All, Arts Council England, Creative Minds (South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust), Barings Foundation, Barnsley Council Covid Fund, Central Area Team, South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Barnsley Libraries,  Barnsley Public Health, St Paul’s Church and many more.

Online Group Activities

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

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


7 DAYS of…Programme

Stuck for inspiration? Want to find ways to get creative and feel well?

Dive into these weekly themed challenges and uncover different techniques, activities and philosophies for creativity and wellbeing.

Download the PDFs below or watch some of the videos created by artists and musicians from home. Find more at on our YouTube Channel.

This project was supported with funding from Creative Minds, South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust Covid-19 Response Fund, Summer 2020.