Lets look at SPARC on Sunday!

SPARC is even open on a Sunday!

If you ever find yourself wanting to have a chat or a bite to eat give us a ring or ask a member of staff about the Sunday session.

Traditional Sunday roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetables

This is a very relaxed group that runs between 11:00 and 15:00. There is a friendly and social atmosphere where you could come to have a chat and have a cup of tea. If you decide to stay into the afternoon you can buy a hot Sunday lunch (vegetarian option available) which is served up sometime around 1:30.

This is a great session to attend if you’re looking for a chance to socialise, eat and relax.

If you would like to eat, the lunch costs up to £3.00 and you need to put your name down for it as soon as possible in the morning or ask a member of staff.



Lets look at the Snooker group!

Snooker is a great game and this group offers a chance to get together with other members of the centre to socialise and hone their skills. The group is very relaxed and welcoming which makes it a great place if you want to meet new people or just fancy giving snooker a go.


Everyone has a different level of skill and anyone; no matter how experienced they are at the game is welcome to come along. So if you are looking for somewhere you can have a chat and a game give us a ring or ask a member of staff about attending.

The SPARC snooker group runs on Wednesdays between 12PM and 2PM, it costs £3.00, is at the crucible on Edward Street.

Lets look at the Dual Diagnoses Group!

DDGThe Dual diagnosis group offers a fantastic social and supportive environment for anyone who identifies as having mental health issues and/or substance issues. This group runs on Thursdays (except the first Thursday of the month) from 5pm until 7pm here at SPARC.

There is a focus on peer support and socialising meaning that people with similar issues can come together not just to discuss and help each other with shared experiences but also simply to enjoy talking with people in a non-judgemental environment.

The group has recently been embarking on day trips to places chosen by the group members.

If you’d like to attend you don’t have to be a member of SPARC but we do ask you to give us a call before you come into the group. This is so that we can take a few basic details from you.


Thank you Judith and Tina!

This week we said goodbye to Tina and Judith; DSCF1626the lovely ladies from INspirED. Tina and Judith have been running a hugely popular and successful I.C.T. course here at the centre. The hard work and dedication that they have put into this course has been reflected in the enjoyment and progression of those who attended.

Unfortunately due to funding we have to say goodbye to them for now; but we do hope to have them back as soon as we can.

So thank you both very much!

(If you would like to find out more about INspirED click here)


Lets have a look at whats growing in the garden.

This week our excellent gardeners have been planting salads, lettuce and peas. It is always great to see things grow and especially good news is that all the produce from the garden ends up in our cafe.










So at least some of the food here in the centre is grown by members, cooked by members and eaten by  members. This is a great example of how when we work together we can achieve more and feel good about it in the process.

The gardening group runs from 11:00 to 13:30 every Thursday. It is a social and therapeutic group and aims to be a relaxing environment for all.

If you would like to give this group a go please call us or talk to a member of staff before attending. 





New storage for Creative Textiles!

We have had a very generous donation recently that has allowed us to purchase some nice new storage units tidy up the Creative Textiles room. It now looks a lot more spacious; will allow more members to be able to enjoy the group and allow us to store more materials for more creative projects.

Thank you very much to those who donated!



Thank you CDL and give and gain day 2016!

Last Friday as part of give and gain day 2016 CDL put a lot of time and effort into making some much needed improvements to our centre. All the CDL staff did a fantastic job of painting and decorating our gym room and tidying up our garden.

In the gym we now have a lot more floor space, a new coat of paint, new chairs and a new screen that creates a lovely peaceful meeting place for up to four people. The room is now much less cluttered as well as feeling more peaceful and calm. Exactly what we needed to turn it from a (slightly tired looking) gym into a beautiful new wellbeing room.

In the garden new wood chips were put down, the grass was mown, edging was done, weeds were removed and everything was neatened up. The cumulative effect of this was to turn our garden back in into a little oasis and a  truly relaxing place to be.

So a massive thank you to all at CDL from everyone here at SPARC. Efforts like this really do make a difference to a lot of peoples lives.









A great success story form one of our members!

We’d like to say a big well done to Nick; who wrote the below article and asked us to share his success:


My name is Nick and I am a member of the football group. In April I ran in The London Marathon raising money for the mental health charity, Mind. I have bipolar disorder and I find that keeping fit really helps me manage my illness. The marathon was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. If you had asked me 2 years ago whether I could run a marathon I would have laughed at you. I was unfit, drinking heavily at the weekends and eating all the wrong types of food. I decided I was unhappy with the life I was leading so I did something about it. I began running short distances and then gradually increased the miles. I love the feeling I get from running especially the runners high. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who sponsored me and to those who wished me luck, I really do appreciate it!