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 them 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 shortlist is now online. Read all about them and vote for your favourite!

    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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