Creative Lives Awards

Celebrating the achievements of community-led creative groups

The Creative Lives Awards celebrate the creative groups that enhance people's lives in villages, towns, and cities across the UK and Ireland. Since 2010, we've invited community-led groups to share their activities and achievements, so that we can give you a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.  

Our Award winners all use creativity to bring people together. Groups might take part in singing, dancing, painting, crafting, performing, playing music, or any other creative activity. All of them provide vital opportunities for people to find community, express their creativity, make friends, learn new skills, boost their wellbeing - and have fun together!

The 2024 Creative Lives Awards are now open for entries!

Learn more and check your eligibility

Please read our rules and guidelines, and check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), before you start filling out your application form. 

Enter the Creative Lives Awards

You can either complete your application form online, or by downloading the form and returning it to us via email at [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 13 May 2024.

Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any further questions, if you need further support completing your application, or if you need any of the information or forms in a different format. Good luck!

A Celebration of Humanity

Want to learn more about the Creative Lives Awards? You can read about some of our previous winners below and the wonderful work they do, or check out a list of our recent winners here. We hope they will inspire you to tell us all about your group!

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre in Chester supports those in recovery from addiction to transform their lives, and to share their recovery journey with the public through dance, performance and creativity.

During the pandemic, volunteers (known as 'Supporting Angels') ensured all members (particularly those in early recovery and those with pre-existing health issues and other vulnerabilities) continued to feel supported. They led an effective 'Telephone Buddy' system to make sure everyone connected with the group received daily supportive phone contact and text messages.

Everyone came together each day on Facebook, sharing inspiring poetry, photography and messages to keep members feeling hopeful and relaxed during this difficult time. Supporting Angels also introduced weekly Zoom sessions during which they co-delivered a range of wellbeing activities, including movement, to combat stress.  

"Our recovery dancers are at the very heart of our work, developing dance skills in our workshops and sharing their stories in research and development. During the pandemic, our Supporting Angels volunteers went above and beyond to keep everyone connected." Claire Morris, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Learn more about Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

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