Celebration Day 29th October 2018 – West Town Farm, Exeter
Delegates gathered at West Town Farm’s gorgeous barn classrooms, bursting with a pumpkin harvest and filled with happy chatter over steaming cups of tea and coffee. Recovery Devon’s favourite “twenty second hugs” were swapped by old friends, and newcomers were welcomed with warmth and enthusiasm. The indoor conference room was soon packed with people shedding scarves and bobble hats as they settled by the giant wood burner ready for the day’s agenda. Two announcements from CEO James Wooldridge set the tone for a day of celebration. Firstly, the Development Fund will run again in 2019, now establishing itself as a relied-upon seed for growing community recovery projects in Devon. The board recognised that existing fund winners had secured further funding due to Recovery Devon’s initial backing, with projects that tied into Devon Recovery Learning Community courses, or other NHS services, being particularly long-lived and self-sustaining.
“Recovery is a narrative movement, and whilst everyone’s story is unique, you’ll still find yourself within the covers.”
Recovery Devon co-founder Glenn Roberts next announced that “Riding the Storms,” a companion piece to 2012’s “Beyond the Storms,” had today reached its crowd-funded goal. Copies can now be distributed