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Our Cheshire & Wirral Region hosted a Summer Event yesterday at our Warrington offices, celebrating Alternative Futures Group’s remarkable journey – from...

AFG is 25 celebrations in Tameside

AFG is proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary of service this year. To mark this landmark, a number of fun-packed...

AFG Treatment and Recovery Centres

Our Treatment and Recovery Centres provide a vital role in helping people with mental health needs find a route forwards. In...

My Time with AFG

What are the journeys Alternative Futures Group offers our staff to progress and achieve their goals? In this video AFG staff...

The AFG Support Worker Experience

What’s it like to work as a Support Worker with Alternative Futures Group? Our Support Workers play a vital role...

Welcome to Tesito House

We’re exciting to be unveiling Tesito House – a treatment and recovery centre focused on providing trauma-informed care. Find out...

Mission Christmas Charity Appeal

Alternative Futures Group is delighted to support Radio City’s Mission Christmas charity appeal. We need new and unwrapped gifts for...

Tesito House Recruitment Open Day

A Recruitment Open Day at our soon-to-open Tesito House was a roaring success with more than 250 people coming along to...

World Values Day 2016

“Values are what make us who we are. They are the compass guiding everything we do – our choices and...

Tameside Summer Ball

On Friday afternoon (19 Aug) Newton Ward social club in Hyde was the venue for Alternative Future Group’s Tameside’s Summer Ball. The annual...

Feeling Blue for 50 Miles?

Every year Phil Noon, an AFG Team Leader from Liverpool, dedicates his time to raising funds for a charity close...

Paul gets on his bike

Paul is supported by AFG within a supported living setting on The Wirral. He’s a really independent guy and does voluntary...

Lisa’s Story

My name is Lisa and I have been supported by AFG since December 2012. I’m 25 and live in Huyton....

Mary Burrows

On behalf of Chris Hannah It is with sadness that we report the death, on Wednesday 7 October, of Mary...

AFG People Awards 2015 Sponsors

The AFG People Awards are a celebration of the many good things that are happening at AFG; in our communities...

Belong in Babylon Disco

Belong in Babylon is a monthly 90’s disco which takes place at Babylon’s 90’s Bar in Warrington on the first...

Guerrilla Art Project

Dawn Moorhouse works for the Governance team at Alternative Futures Group and is training to become an art therapist. Alongside...

My life, my support

On 2nd December 2014 staff and people supported by Alternative Futures Group in Lancaster attended a person centred approaches celebration...

Mad hatter’s tea party

On 17th August,  AFG staff and some of the people we support in Wirral held a magical Alice in Wonderland...

From Theatre to Theatre

Giles, supported in Knutsford has been working with Andy Worth, a Health Facilitator at Macclesfield hospital; to create some easy...

What church means to Mary …

Cath Barton, AFG Rochdale’s Community Circles Co-ordinator has been facilitating a circle for Mary, supported in Rochdale, since July 2014....

Sowing the seeds of friendship

Written by Jenny Curran, support worker, Wirral. At the beginning of June I was asked by my team leader if...

Walking down memory lane

On 5th October 2014 some of the people supported in West Lancashire and Alternative Futures Group staff took part in the...

Workin’ 9 to 5

Last month, Dianne and Ashleigh, both supported in Wirral began supported internships. The brand new pilot scheme is a partnership...

A ticket to success!

We’re delighted to announce that the candidates on the 3rd Single Ticket Programme have successfully completed their 15-month learning programme....

Calling all Guerrilla Artists

Following the huge success of our first Guerrilla Arts Workshop in July, Alternative Futures Group are now inviting artist submissions...

Calling all AFG Learners

We’re pleased to announce AFG are now accepting applications for the 2014 intake on the QCF Level 3 Health &...

AFG Halewood go wild!

David and Edwin, supported in Halewood are regulars at the Art Group at their local community centre, Fairfield’s. The group...
Cath, Dave, Penny and John

The king of the swingers

On 26th June 2014 AFG Fylde and Wyre’s local involvement forum got together for a well-deserved day out....
The halfway point

Pink Ladies

Jain Campbell, Team Leader from Fylde and Wyre took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life; in memory of...
The Flyde and Wyre gang showing off their fundraising success

Time for tea

On 17th July 2014 some of the people we support in Fylde and Wyre held a garden party to raise...

Let’s go fly a kite!

On 16th June some of the people we support in Lancaster made their own kites to debut at the Morecambe...

I want to ride my bicycle

On 23rd July Darren, support worker, took Colin, supported in Birkenhead for a walk around Birkenhead Park....

Home sweet home

In April 2014, Jim, David and their chickens, supported in Crewe moved into their new home....
Michael

Let’s go rambling

Michael, supported in Southport, is getting active thanks to joining a new Rambling Group organised by The Southport Focus Team....

Kenny makes a splash!

Kenny, supported in Lancaster has always had a fear of water. His housemate Tony goes swimming in the Hydro pool...
A family reunited

A family reunited

John, supported in Lancaster, has been reunited with his sister after spending 15 years apart....
A musical Peter

Music to Peter’s ears

Music therapy is helping to transform the life of Peter, supported in Skelmeresdale....

The Art of Recovery

The healing powers of art have been used to help transform Lea Court Treatment and Recovery Centre with the help...
Trevor walks the walk

Trevor walks the walk

Trevor, supported in Lancaster, is experiencing the physical and social benefits of walking thanks to The Active Health Walking Group....
Richard showcasing one of his colourful raffle hampers

Our very own Richard Branson

Richard, supported in Blackburn has proven he has a talent for fundraising, recently making £88.95 on the door and raffle...
A creative bunch

Join in and SHINE

SHINE, Shared Hobbies, Interests and New Enterprises is a new group that takes place every Friday between 10.30am – 2.30pm...
The Unite Group

You’re Hired!

Throughout May and June, the Unite Group, a group of people we support in Lancaster, will be taking part in the...
David and Fred at David's apartment

Like father like son

In May 2014, David, supported in Fylde and Wyre went on holiday to Norfolk to visit his dad who lives...
A Happy Birthday selfie

Childwall Brook turns 21

Childwall Brook, Adult Care Home with Nursing, is celebrating 21 years of service this year and they’re not the only...
On yer bike - John, supported in Lancaster

Johns Big Bike ride

In April 2014, John, supported in Lancaster completed the Big Bunny Charity Bike ride to raise money for Cancer Research....
On Guard - Sharon and Iris with their new friend

Girls on Tour

In March 2014, two people we support, Iris and Sharon from Fylde and Wyre went on a girls holiday to...
Our dancing queens

Dancing queens

On the 9th March 2014 Iris and Sharon, supported in Fylde and Wyre, both won dance awards....
In the red, Steve and Iris

Eat my Goal

On 31st May 2014 some of the people we support in Fylde and Wyre visited Fleetwood Town Football Club to...
Donald and his moggy

Creature comforts

Donald, supported in Lancaster, has always wanted a cat. He really enjoys looking after his sisters cat’s when he goes...
Tracey and Susan's trolley dash

Susan’s supermarket sweep

Earlier this month, Susan, supported in Lancaster, went to her local supermarket for the very first time....
A warm welcome to autism specialist Sharon

New Autism Specialist for AFG

A new autism specialist has been appointed by Alternative Futures Group (AFG) to further help the organisation make a positive...
All smiles with Salifu, Mobee Gambia Director

Go Gambia: Study Tour 3 begins

On Saturday 31 March our 5 Gambia Ambassadors (Sharon Rourke, Jemma Hargreaves, Justine Millington, Janette Smith, Darren Forshaw), led by...
All aboard - happy 70th Ronnie!

A dream come true for Ronnie

Ronnie, who lives and is supported in Barnoldswick, has a life-long love of trains. As part of his 70th birthday...
Bare faced chic at AFG East Lancs

AFG does bare-faced chic for cancer

If you’re a Facebook fanatic or part of the Twitterati then your timeline has probably been full of beautiful bare-faced...
Jeff Thompson (right) and his support worker Peter Fitzgerald.

West Lancs man entertains the nation

A man from West Lancashire with learning disabilities has been entertaining the nation, thanks to LDOK.net, an inclusive online radio...
Nicola (centre) about to SURF the waves

Nicola from Burnley goes live

A young woman with learning disabilities from Burnley is hitting the radio airwaves thanks to LDOK.net, an inclusive online radio...

AFG Welcomes First Initiatives

We are delighted to welcome to AFG the First Initiatives staff team and supported people, who became part of Alternative...
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Driving up quality

Alternative Futures Group are pleased to sign up to the Driving Up Quality Code showing our commitment to providing the...
Jodie at Zen Internet

Jodie SURF’s Zen Internet

This summer, we reported on the exciting partnership between AFG Rochdale and Pure Innovations, a national not-for-profit organisation that supports...

Introducing Mobee Gambia

Excitement is building across Alternative Futures Group (AFG) about our two year partnership programme with charity Mobee Gambia....

AFG reveal the 5 Gambia Ambassadors

Seven days ago, we began the exciting countdown to reveal our 5 Ambassadors who will represent Alternative Futures Group (AFG) during a...

Introducing the River Roch Forum

Last month we shared how The local SURF elections hit Rochdale! On 2nd October 2013, the newly formed group of representatives...
Fancy dress attire at Fylde & Wyre!

Disco Fever hits Fylde and Wyre

It was retro attire for AFG Fylde and Wyre at their recent ‘Disco Fever Fundraiser’. Organised by staff teams and...

Celebrating World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day (WMHD), held every year on the 10th October, is a World Health Organisation initiative, designed to raise...

Happy holidays and hot tubs!

Karen, who is supported in Rochdale, recently went on a holiday to Lincolnshire.  The holiday was planned from start to...
Sensory Garden Opening at AFG Lancaster 29 September

AFG’s Tour of Lancashire!

Cycling Fever may’ve hit AFG’s head office in Knowsley with the Stage Three Tour of Britain, but AFG Lancaster had...
The Professionals

The Professionals review Our Promise

The newly formed SURF (Service User Representative Forum) Group in Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Halton, recently met for the...
A postcard from France

A postcard from France

John is a gentleman supported by in AFG East Lancs. He has a sister who lives in France. Staff supported...

AFG Lancaster dance up a storm

Inspirational dancers from the Adult Disability Group including four people supported in AFG Lancaster performed a small show at Morecambe...
Carey and Angela from Clare Place, enjoying their 1st prize in the most fabulous vegetable patch

Cheshire In Bloom

Green fingered residents supported by AFG Cheshire have been rewarded for their contribution to AFG Cheshire’s Absolutely Fabulous Garden Competition...
Jason in the Pure FM Studio

Jason hits the airwaves

A young unemployed man supported in AFG Rochdale is hitting the radio airwaves....
East Lancashire Birthday celebrations

Coming of age in Lancashire

In line with AFG’s 21st birthday celebrations this year, AFG Lancashire recently hosted a event for the people we support...
Chris and Manager Sue, SPAR

The Sweet Life

Chris is supported in Burscough, West Lancashire and has lived here for a few years now.  Over the past year,...
Karen's theme park trip

What makes you feel good?

On Friday 19th July, in honour of National Feel Good Day, we asked the people we support and work with:...
Jodie, Jason and Martin Pure Innovations

Pure Innovations is underway!

This week we reported on our great partnership with Pure Innovations and how we’ll be following a group of people supported...
The SURF Group

The SURF Group is going local

AFG’s Service User Representative Forum (SURF) has been preparing for some time to take their group ‘local’.  This means that...
World No Tobacco Day

Sue and Annette Butt Out!

In line with World No Tobacco Day today we thought it would be fitting to acknowledge the achievements of Sue and...
The Knit Natter and Craft Group

A close – knit bunch

The ladies and gents of AFG Fylde and Wyre are a close – knit bunch. On a Tuesday morning at...
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DanceSyndrome hits AFG Fylde and Wyre

DanceSyndrome is a unique North West based dance company. Established in 2009, DanceSyndrome is the inspiration of founder and Director,...
Dignity in care

A right to dignified care

As the Government gets ready to respond to the Francis Report into the Mid-Staffordshire scandal today, Alternative Futures Group has...
Greek Night at Childwall Brook Independent Hospital

Opa! Greek Night at Childwall Brook

One of Our Independent Hospitals, Childwall Brook, hosted a Greek themed evening last week, with all guests enjoying freshly cooked...

AFG celebrates 21 years of support!

Today AFG is celebrating 21 years of Being Person Centred; providing life-enriching support to adults with learning difficulties and mental...

How to beat ‘Blue Monday’

With tight waistlines and tighter budgets, the winter blues gets to us all. But it’s been suggested that today, the...

Who Inspires You?

The Editorial Team of AFG’s staff magazine ‘Staying in Touch’ feel very honoured when inspirational stories hit the news desk...

David’s Story

David, an AFG Service User, tells his powerful story of Mental Heath diagnosis to recovery, with the support of his...

Welcoming Mike Smith

We’re delighted to offer a warm welcome to Mike Smith, the newly appointed Clinical Director of Mental Health Services, who...

The Big Bunting Action!

Human Rights Day is celebrated globally on 10th December. And in partnership with the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR),...

Let’s Mo! Keith supports Movember

As you’re probably aware from recent media, MOVEMBER is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues,...

AFG supports Time to Change

For the past couple of years, World Mental Health Day has been acknowledged at AFG successfully through in-house events, almost...
Finance Team wins Charity Times Awards 2012

Finance Team wins major award

The AFG Finance team has done it again! The award-winning team received the prestigious Charity Finance Award of the Year...

Securing the future of AFG

You will be aware from the media that local authorities across the country have to make significant savings. As we...

Grand Designs in Wirral

Our service is a purpose built house with wide corridors, grab rails, and bedrooms coming off the hallway. It has...
AFG 20th birthday celebrations

AFG Reaches its 20th Birthday!

On 22nd January 2012, AFG celebrated 20 years of providing high quality support within the North West!  Here we take...

AFG Staff Raise Money for CLIMB

For Christmas 2011, AFG colleagues at Lion Court decided to take a fresh approach in wishing colleagues a Merry Christmas....

James – My New Home

James – My New Home James, who is supported by Alternative Futures Group, shares how his confidence has grown and...

AFG wins Third Sector Award

We are very proud to annouce that AFG’s Finance Team has won the prestigious ‘Third Sector Excellence Award’ 2011 in...

Millbrook Celebrates a Decade of Support

Independent Hospital Mill Brook in Wythenshawe, Manchester, celebrated a decade of providing mental health support with a Victorian themed garden...

New Acting Chair for AFG

Andrew Paterson, previously an AFG Trustee, has taken on the role of Acting AFG Chairman, following the retirement of Tom...