April Recovery Round-Up

View from our Teignmouth “Quiet Lounge” peer support group this April.

Our regular round-up, collected by our Community Development Team from their work around Devon. Here you’ll find items that support your personal recovery, volunteering, jobs, training courses, and research requests.

Have something you’d like us to add next time? Get in touch!


We’re recruiting! – Managing Director

Our headline this month – we are recruiting for a Managing Director to work alongside our pro-active Community Development team and experienced Management Board. This part-time post is a great opportunity for a business-minded individual passionate about mental health recovery.


Elevenses – Stress Awareness Month

The theme for this year’s Stress Awareness Month is “Community,” so we’re dedicating our Elevenses meet-up to the subject. We’ll be joined by Beth Fisher from the Devon Wellbeing Hub for an informal chat about stress and how to manage it. All welcome!


Bloom Mental Health Festival

We are offering a free art workshop as part of the Bloom Festival at Exeter Phoenix! The workshop is in collaboration with Hayley Watson and the Rising Women group. Hayley will be facilitating the creation of a set of Phoenix wings to symbolize the strength it takes to rise up after a period of darkness.


Mental Health Awareness Week Fair, Exeter Central Library 10am – 2pm Tuesday 11th May

The team here at Recovery Devon are excited to announce that for Mental Health Awareness Week we are holding a Mental Health Fair – and it’s really taking off!

The theme for this years MHAW is Loneliness, so we are collaborating with Exeter Library and aDoddle to host an event to help connect people with mental health support in their area. We hope to see you there!


Autism Awareness Week Write-Up

We had a fantastic turn-out at last month’s Elevenses meeting on Autism and Mental Health. The resulting survey gathered 37 respondents and we’ll be publishing the results soon.

In the meantime, we’ve written up the event with some resources and links for you.


Recovery Opportunities -Devon

Devon Recovery Learning Community

Our friends at DRLC have just published a wonderful new mini-prospectus packed with free events and courses online and across the county including board games for wellness, women’s walking groups, photography, drumming, and horticulture.

And there’s exciting news for Kingsbridge with the opening of a new Recovery Library drop-in this April! Their mascot Patrick the Pony was in attendance at their opening day last week.

Patrick the Pony surveys the new drop-in

Plymouth Recovery Empowerment Group – Extreme Moods Workshops

Our friends in the South at Plymouth REG are running their first couple of workshops! Understanding & Coping with Extreme Moods is a two-workshop offer by clinical psychologist Elina Baker and expert by experience Nicky Nurrish. The first is on 6th May in Mannamead with another running in Plympton from 28th June.

To book or find out more email plymouthmhreg@gmail.com


Fit 4 Work Program with The Devon Clinic and I Can Do That

These two CICS have joined forces in Torbay to offer individuals a combination of 9 talking therapy sessions and 12 work mentoring sessions to people aged 18 to 65 wishing to get back into the workplace.

They understand it can be hard – that’s why they are offering this support completely free!

Phone 01803 500300 to find out more.


Alright Mate Project Workshop, Sun 8th May Exeter

The activists for men’s mental health are back with an installation at Roots Foundation Exeter. On 8th May they’re running a drop in wet plate portrait workshop with the amazing Stephen Raff Photography from 10.30-3pm. Turn up (no need to book) and share what you would say to a mate who is struggling with their mental health.


My Beautiful Psychosis – Emma Goude Online Book Launch, 7pm Mon 9th May

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78124410794?pwd=iZXeVsAA1GQ6uK4_HPNVka3JAky62U.1

Meeting ID: 781 2441 0794 Passcode: 1ceQBC

Author of ‘My Beautiful Psychosis’, Emma Goude, will be launching her Book Tour with a special appearance at the Bloom Festival, Exeter followed by a Q&A. She will also be at our Exeter Library Mental Health Fair on 10th May between 10am and 2pm if you want to chat or purchase a signed copy of her book.
You can buy a copy of ‘My Beautiful Psychosis’ from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3gsJ3Kn

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Alexander Den Heijer.

Wellbeing Works Devon

Wellbeing Works is an exciting opportunity from Devon Communities Together.It’s for Devon based businesses, employees, and individuals to develop wellbeing and resilience during the pandemic recovery period.

You can book a free 30 minute one to one check in using their online booking system or calling 01392 248919.

They also run a number of wellbeing workshops online.


Ukrainian Refugee Support

Many of us are touched by the news from Ukraine and want to do something to help. We know that “give” is one of the five ways to wellbeing, but it can be hard to know how.

Devon County Council is gathering together information for those supporting refugees in the county. It’s a fast-moving situation, and you might find your nearest Devon support group here.


Crafty Minds in Honiton!

An invitation from our friends at Parental Minds:

“Come join us for crafting and chatting at Crafty Minds on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening of each month. Bring your own craft project or come along, enjoy the company and take part in a crafty mindful activity. Hot drinks will be available.Crafty Minds is working in partnership with Parental Minds. £2 per session (optional) will go towards the running costs of the group and a donation to Parental Minds.”

See their Facebook page for details.


Jobs, Training, Funding, and Volunteering

The Devon Mental Health Alliance has been launched!

The (DMHA) is a partnership between six organisations dedicated to providing support for people experiencing challenges with their mental health. Their goal is to improve access to services and identify new opportunities to support people across all of Devon’s communities, using a collaborative approach that reaches across and brings together partners from the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

A number of vacancies are available across the county.


Apply for funding from the Veterans’ Foundation

Grants of up to £40,000 are available to support charities and not-for-profit organisations that provide lifetime support to those in need among serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their immediate families.



Space Youth Services Small Grant Funding

Are you looking for financial support for your youth club or youth group? The small grant fund is now open with £100,000 available to support youth work in #Devon.

Funds can support staffing, volunteer expenses, running costs and other expenses (see our guide for more details). The closing date to apply is 12pm Friday 13th May.

Find out more and apply here: http://ow.ly/4Bjp50IBPua


Free Digital Workshops for Devon Voluntary Groups with Cosmic

A series of workshops are being offered by Velocity Devon free for VCSE groups. Delivered by Cosmic, and funded by the Government’s Renewal Fund, subjects include Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and general marketing and SEO advice.

See the full calendar of digital workshops here.


National Recovery News and Opportunities

New guidance to tackle common mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) have released new guidance to tackle common and repeated mistakes seen in the aftercare of patients receiving support under the Mental Health Act.


UK Government Mental health and Wellbeing Plan: discussion paper and call for evidence

The Department for Health and Social Care are conducting a national consultation into mental health care and we are keen for our followers to take part – your voice is important. Please use these links to have your say:

Overview is here

Online Survey is here

Easy Read version is here


Join our aDoddle community map!

We are partners with the wonderful folk at aDoddle. Do you wish you could find support on your doorstep as easily as you can find a takeaway or a petrol station? Founded here in Devon, their aim is connecting communities one click at a time.

Hobby groups, charities, community interest groups or statutory services are all welcome to add their page completely free of charge.

Help us map support in Devon – it’s aDoddle!

Add your group to the map here

Do you have a not-for-profit community mental health offer you’d like us to share?

With thousands of social media followers and newsletter subscribers across Devon, we’d love to help you find your tribe. Send an email (hello at recoverydevon.co.uk) with “Roundup” in the subject line, adding a photo and a few details about your project – we’ll include it in our next round-up.