Recovery – back in the classroom!

How wonderful it was to offer our first in-person training day in quite some time this week! Devon Partnership Trust’s new First Response Service joined us in the classroom at West Town Farm for a day’s learning.

The First Response Service (FRS) is an around-the-clock, seven days a week phone line for people with mental health and learning disability needs. Callers are either experiencing a mental health crisis, or have concerns about someone’s mental wellbeing.  The FRS works closely with callers to help them access the right care.


Our team had used lockdown to revise our standard recovery training package, delivering the new format for the first time. We looked at recovery principles and real-life examples of them in action, with plenty of discussion about how they relate to the work of First Response. Recovery History was covered in a “treasure hunt” around the farm, ending with an exercise looking to the future of recovery and where we each stand in our views of it.

James leads a tour of the farm with safety in mind!

Taking time out together from their 24-hour rotating shifts was just as important (and recovery-focused) for the team as the course content. The sun shone, and we were able to round off the day with a short walk together beside the beautiful, sunny meadows and hedgerows.

“Very good training day… refreshing outlook!”

First Responder

“Refreshing, thought-provoking…Good pace and a good place!”

First Responder

“Very inspiring, safe space to share… motivational!”

First Responder

We were delighted with the feedback and the day, capturing some great comments in person and later on social media.