Developing Recovery Devon in 2020 and beyond

Meet-ups like our Development Day are part of our staying connected to local communities. These meet-ups are open to all and give us an opportunity both to let people know what we’re doing, and hear from people about what they or their communities need or currently offer.

Our most recent meeting on the 9th December was very well attended and brought out some exciting possibilities for future projects and collaborations.

Recovery Devon Development Day flyer. 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Monday 9th December at Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter

Here’s an outline of what happened on the day…

The day was made open to all, whether their interest in mental health recovery was personal or professional, for their own interest or on behalf of someone else.

Thanks to wide sharing with our growing recovery community, we had a fantastic turnout of familiar faces and a great many newcomers – so much so that we were raiding other rooms for chairs and teacups as the afternoon went on.

An agenda was offered with space made for group conversation in whichever direction was felt to be helpful, with facilitation from Recovery Devon staff.

30 people sit in a circle talking about mental health recovery
Circle of members at the Recovery Devon 2019 Development Day

Our community asked out organisation to:

  • Remain connected to our founding principles
  • Keep different perspectives in mind
  • Be led/guided by the voice of lived experience
  • Remain connected to mainstream services, while retaining independence
  • Foster connections within the Recovery Community through broad membership
  • Create new opportunities for recovery
  • Be realistic in its aims
  • Explore new directions

New Community Development Workers Em Flint and Sami Goulding outlined their hopes for this new role in 2020.

The group reflected that resources to help connect with the recovery movement would be welcomed, especially using accessible media such as radio, podcasts, and video.

People working in mental health services in Devon also asked for ways to quickly connect their people with our organisation.

The day ended with a sense of connection and hope for a growing recovery community.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend. We hope you’ll join us at another Recovery Devon event in 2020!