The power of creativity and community celebrated as Trowbridge Service User’s Group is shortlisted for the 2024 Creative Lives Awards

We've been shortlisted for the Creative Lives Awards 2024!
  • The awards shine a spotlight on the amazing creativity taking place in local communities
  • 34 creative groups shortlisted from across England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Voting now open for public to choose winner of People’s Choice Award
  • Winners announced at Awards Ceremony in London on Thursday 26 September 2024

From murals, mosaics and movement, to pantomime, poetry and photography, Creative Lives is celebrating the everyday creativity of groups from across the UK and Ireland through this year’s Creative Lives Awards. One of the shortlisted groups is Trowbridge Service User’s Group based in Trowbridge

Trowbridge Service Users Group, a community-focused peer support group, is excited to announce significant growth and new initiatives for 2024, thanks to generous lottery funding. Founded in February 2018 in the Community Room at Tesco Extra Trowbridge, our group was established with a big idea and no initial funds. Our mission has always been to provide a safe, non-therapeutic, and social space where individuals living with mental illness can build a supportive community.

Over the first two years, we actively listened to our service users to understand their needs and continuously adapted our offerings. Today, we are proud to announce that our recent lottery funding has enabled us to provide food at our sessions, fostering an even more welcoming and supportive environment.

With the additional funding, we have expanded our art projects to include exciting new activities such as glass fusing, cement art, 3D art, and mixed medium art. These creative sessions offer our members diverse opportunities to express themselves and develop new skills. Additionally, we have introduced a gardening project aimed at growing food to support both our members and the local community fridge, promoting sustainability and community welfare.

As we look forward to the rest of 2024, our goal is to grow our membership and enhance the services we offer. Trowbridge Service Users Group remains a free, self-referral peer support group dedicated to those living with mental illness, providing a unique and essential community resource.

Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland & Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, while members of the public can vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards.

Voting in the People’s Choice Award is open until 29 July 2024. To learn more about the shortlisted projects and to cast your vote, please visit

Winners will be announced at the Creative Lives Awards ceremony in Cecil Sharp House, London on 26 September 2024, partnering with the Everyday Creativity Research Network conference. Winners will receive a bespoke award, framed certificate, cash prize and access to support and training.

For more about the Creative Lives Awards visit:


Notes to Editors:

For more information, interview opportunities and photographs, please contact:
Mark Marshall on or 07722542721 Trowbridge Service User’s Group

For more information about Creative Lives, please contact Kelly Donaldson on or tel: 07843 056023.

About Creative Lives

Creative Lives is a registered charity that was established in 1991. We champion community and volunteer-led creative activity, and work to improve opportunities for everyone to be creative. In particular, we celebrate and promote people expressing themselves creatively with others, recognising the benefits this can bring. For more information, visit

About the Creative Lives Awards The Creative Lives Awards started in 2010, as a way to celebrate and spotlight the incredible achievements of groups and projects providing creativity activity for people of all ages and abilities across the UK and Ireland. For more information about the Awards, please visit

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