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Caroline Butterwick

Freelance writer

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a freelance writer based in North Staffordshire. I write on a range of topics, with a particular interest in disability and mental health, wellbeing, the arts, and travel. My work has appeared in publications including the Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Mslexia, Planet Mindful, Wellcome Stories, Stylist, Happiful, and Adventure Travel.

I also write short stories for children and adults, and have worked as a copywriter producing case studies for projects at Staffordshire University and the University of Wolverhampton.

Every Body

Feature exploring the disability arts scene in the UK, speaking to two disabled artists about how art can be used to break down barriers and celebrate their lives.

Wellcome Collection
A walk through other people's expectations

As writer Caroline Butterwick tackles the climb up Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District, she is acutely aware not just of the natural environment, but of other walkers’ opinions of her. While her visual impairment means she needs to pay careful attention to the rough terrain, the fluctuating challenge of disabled identity is always on her mind too.

How to Organise an Accessible Wedding: 9 Top Tips

Caroline Butterwick was born with the rare genetic condition Ocular Albinism and is partially sighted. She married her fiancé Gary in July 2019. From checking the lighting to the room layout, here's how she made sure her day was accessible

Writing Magazine
Dealing with Difficulty

Feature originally published in Writing Magazine about how we can draw on difficult life experiences in our writing in a way that's sensitive, relevant, and powerful.

Happiful Magazine
How to embrace being a beginner

Whether learning a language or penning poetry, there are lots of opportunities to develop fresh skills. But alongside the excitement of starting something new can come anxiety about whether we'll be good enough. With so many benefits to exploring unknown talents and broadening our knowledge, the question is: what can we do to feel more confident about learning a skill or hobby, and embrace being a beginner?

Wired For Adventure
UK Adventure: Tackling one of the Lake District's most distinctive fells

Caroline Butterwick heads to the Lake District to tackle Helm Crag, one of the area's most distinctive peaks, with a summit rock formation known as the Lion and the Lamb. "The re's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes," I said to my partner as we clutched our coffees and listened to the rain hit overhead.

Wellcome Collection
Reclaiming my story

Sharing her story of mental illness and treatment with trainee social workers has helped Caroline Butterwick make sense of her past, and continues to be a positive part of her life today.

Access All Areas

How to make the most of visiting UK tourist attractions, from thrilling theme parks to fascinating museums.

Happiful Magazine
Creative activities to plot your life

Whether it's to celebrate a milestone, or if you just want to take some time to reflect, there are lots of creative activities we can do to revisit our memories.

In the Moment
Embracing my identity

Feature exploring how I came to accept my identity as a disabled person

Happiful Magazine
Learn to love where you live

For many of us, our sense of connection with our community has grown over the past year, and looking at what we have locally can help us appreciate where we live, boosting our wellbeing, and helping us feel closer to the people and places around us.

Happiful Magazine
Coming to terms with a long-term condition

I was born with a visual impairment, but coming to terms with its effect on my life wasn't straight-forward. Then, as a teenager, I began to experience mental health issues. I was uncertain and worried, and at times felt like I was the only person going through these things even though, according to the disability charity Scope, there are 14.1 million disabled people in the UK.

Happiful Magazine
Connect with nature close to home

Whether it's exploring a local park, or finding solace tending to plants in the garden, over the past year many of us have come to better appreciate nature closer to home. According to research from charity Mind, spending time in nature can support our mental health, and anyone who has experienced the feeling of a winter morning's air can attest to how it can clear our minds.

Use Your Voice

Whether it’s leading a discussion with social work students about how to support someone in crisis or sharing our story as part of a campaign, there are lots of ways we can use our experience of living with disability, as Caroline Butterwick explores.

Getting Creative

Explores the support available to disabled artists and how to get into the arts, and draws on my experience of being mentored through an artist development programme

Happiful Magazine
8 misconceptions about sight loss

From friends guiding me through crowded bars, to strangers helping me find a seat on the train, I've experienced lots of support as a partially-sighted person. But I've also come across plenty of misconceptions about what it means to live with sight loss.

Happiful Magazine
Creative ways to stay in touch

Staying in touch with friends and family isn't just about being sociable - it's something that actually supports our wellbeing. But not all our loved ones live close by, which can make meeting up for a meal, or popping round for a coffee, hard to do as often as we'd like.

The Perfect Day

Shares how I organised an inclusive and accessible wedding

Happiful Magazine
How to Cope with First Day Anxiety

Starting a new job can be exciting. It may be a wonderful chance to do something you enjoy, make new friends, develop your skills, and, at the very least, earn a living. But, for many of us, the build up to our first day can also come with increased anxiety.

Vegan Food & Living
A vegan's guide to... Stoke-On-Trent

Located on the edge of the Peak District and a popular base for those visiting Alton Towers, Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire have a growing vegan scene, says Caroline Butterwick. Published on 12 Jun 2019 The Quarter 65 Piccadilly The Quarter is located on Piccadilly, an area of the city centre that's great for unique independent businesses and also home to two other Stoke vegan favourites, Rawr and Klay.

Able Magazine
Columnist Caroline Butterwick - Disabled Student Support

Listen Starting university was daunting enough. How would I cope living away from home? Would I make friends? Would the workload be okay? These are all fears most people have when packing up boxes of crockery and clothes ready to become students. But on top of these anxieties were worries about how I would manage [...]

Creative Communities Unit, Staffordshire University
Case study: Meir Consumerist Christmas Tree

Case study exploring the creation of a piece of community art, as part of the evaluation of Appetite, an Arts Council England funded project in Stoke-on-Trent.

Creative Communities Unit, Staffordshire University
Case Study: Stories From Pub Corners

Case study on community art project produced as part of the evaluation of Appetite, an Arts Council England funded project in Stoke-on-Trent

Creative Communities Unit, Staffordshire University
Case Study: Appetite and Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Case study exploring the role of community arts events for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, as part of the evaluation of Appetite, an Arts Council England funded project in Stoke-on-Trent

Creative Communities Unit, Staffordshire University
Case Study: Out in the Playground

Case study on community theatre project, as part of the evaluation of Appetite, an Arts Council England funded project in Stoke-on-Trent

Creative Communities Unit, Staffordshire University
Case Study: Reading the Riot Act

Case study on a community arts project, as part of the evaluation of Appetite, an Arts Council England funded project in Stoke-on-Trent

Two Weeks After The World Ended by Caroline Butterwick

Two Weeks After The World Ended by Caroline Butterwick Will Tesco still deliver? She thinks this while her fingers sting through the freezer on a numb hunt for anything to make a passable meal. She pulls out half bags of green beans and roast potatoes, throws the packets on the kitchen counter, then runs her stinging hands under the hot tap.

Enable Magazine
Access the Thrill: Theme Park Tips for Disabled People

The UK is home to dozens of theme parks offering fun days out. Accessing attractions can be a challenge for people with disabilities, but parks have plans in place to make it easier. Check the park's website for their disability guide, which will tell you about their individual policies, or phone their customer services team.

Transitioning to higher education

The move to university is daunting for anyone, but it is especially so for many students with SEN. Knowing what support is available and getting it set up before starting university is a key part of making the transition to higher education go as smoothly as possible.


A short story for children age 9-12, based on a true historical event

Staffordshire University's Transition to Higher Education: Guide for Disabled Students
Transition to University

Piece giving advice to parents, carers, and new and prospective students on accessing disabled student support at Staffordshire University

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