Becoming a member of START could be the first step on your journey to a more positive, fulfilling life. Through our creative programmes, there’s no doubt you’ll gain in confidence and learn new skills, while making a set of new friends along the way.
Over the years, many people like you have come to us and been surprised at how much they've been able to achieve. Some have overcome difficult emotional issues and gone on to training, volunteering or to find a job. Others have gone into education and gained university degrees or set up their own businesses.
If you want to take advantage of the variety of projects and the support we offer, take a look at the 'Our Projects' page on the website and get in touch! And don’t worry about the level of your creative abilities. We welcome anybody, from absolute beginners to people who already have some experience.
What people say about START...
“A member once said that I’d been an inspiration. It made me cry because it was just so wonderful to think that I could possibly give somebody else a feeling of hope. I know what it’s like to be in that position and feel so hopeless and so devoid of anything… so when I can tell somebody that ‘you can get from being there to being here’ my work is done!”
There are various ways of joining START, to find out more, contact the switchboard:
"I came into the class thinking I would be judged, but the opposite happened. I was made to feel welcomed and for the first time in over two years, I felt normal. I enjoy the time I have in my art class. Anne-Marie is a great teacher and listener and doesn't push but offers help and advice. If only I had known about this program earlier things may have been a lot easier for me and my family."
"The first time I came to look around I was feeling very nervous and very low. Now I look forward to coming as I have made some new friends. I still get nervous when I come, but it wears off once I get to the class. I have learnt some new things to do such as in willow weaving and glass painting and mosaic pictures. I still have days when I am depressed, but the classes have helped me as I was in a rut and now I try not to think about my problems as much."
"When I first came here I was very depressed. I had given up almost. This place has changed my life. It has made me feel useful again. I love this place. If I could come here every day, I would. I have never been artistic - thought I was useless at everything. How wrong can somebody be? I have shocked myself with some of the things I have made - willow baskets, silk paintings, mosaics out of tiles. I could go on forever. I will sum Start up in one word. WONDERFUL!! This is the best thing that has happened to me in a very long time. The place, and the people are fantastic. I have made new friends and learnt new skills that help me relax and forget my troubles. Without this place there would be a lot more lonely and depressed people."