August Round-Up

Daisy photos and artwork shared by our community

Welcome to 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 assisted by Healthwatch!

We’ve joined the Healthwatch Assist Network and we reckon you should, too! Their newsletter is full of ways to support your recovery. We’re also grateful to have won a Community Engagement Grant, which we’re using to improve our survey software. Read more here.


Schizophrenia Elevenses, Friday 19th August

Our next elevenses meeting on Friday 19th August is all about schizophrenia and we’ll be joined by our friend Ashley from the Bridge Collective. Hope to see you there!

Bridge Collective logo of handdrawn stick figures arranged in a bridge shape over a stream

Kindness Rocks Workshop, 15th August

Our postponed Kindness Rocks Workshop with McFloof Makes is on the 15th August from 10am to 2pm at Newton Poppleford Community Gardens! Children are welcome and refreshments are provided.

Find out more about Sarah McFloof’s amazing positivity pebbles here.

For more information, or to let us know you are joining, please email either sami@recoverydevon.co.uk or sarah@mcfloof.co.uk


Learn about recovery with us!

Our training packages in recovery and peer support are really taking off. We offer everything from a one-hour session for busy teams through to bespoke one-day workshops. At the moment our training is funded by Devon Partnership Trust so there’s no cost to your organisation. We love sharing our passion for recovery and giving people practical tools to take away with them.

Recovery Devon Community Development team Jody, Em, and Sami

Recovery Picnics in Pinhoe!

Don’t these look great? Our first 2022 Development Fund project is complete, with picnic blankets printed by FabLab ready for families to use at Pinhoe Library!

Well done to Zoe Woodbridge and the team. We hope our small contribution leads to many happy hours!


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Devon Recovery Learning Community

The autumn and winter prospectus is taking shape with lots of new content on the website already and new printed versions on the way. Our own Em Flint is offering two new courses this winter: Befriend Your Body, an introduction to somatics.

Don’t forget their weekly drop-ins at Honiton, Tiverton, Exeter, and now also at Kingsbridge!

Put your feet up with a DRLC course this autumn

Girls Against Anxiety – Torbay

Have you heard about this wonderful group? Girls Against Anxiety are there to support you with your worries and anxieties in a relaxed way. It’s for cis and trans women, girls and non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experiences of women to feel open to naturally talk about what they are going through and get creative while doing so!


Al Fresco Fridays – Colab, Exeter

Join Jola in the Colab gardens from 10am to noon each Friday for an al fresco activity – music, art, plus mini projects led by participants.

No need to book, just let the Colab Welcome Team know that you’d like to take part.


QWELL app comes to Devon

NHS Devon with Public Health colleagues as part of One Devon, have commissioned QWELL to deliver a digital mental health support offer to those aged 18+.

QWELL will “provide a safe space for adults to access activities and content including a peer support community.”

We are trying it out for ourselves and would love to know what you think!


Mental Wellbeing Evening at Palace Gate, 17th August

Better Health Exeter are hosting an evening with social prescribers all about mental health; how to spot warning signs, manage symptoms, and improve welbeing.


Resilient Women of Wonder

Join award-winning Scratchworks Theatre Company on a 6-week theatre workshop programme that brings to life the stories of women in Greek mythology and celebrates their voices! You don’t need previous theatre experience, just an enthusiasm to dive head-first into creative storytelling.

Sessions run Thursday mornings from 18 August – 29 September in Exeter.


Community Cafe Exwick

The good folk of Home Instead hold a lovely drop-in every Thursday morning at Cafe on the Heale in Exwick.

Furry friends are welcome! Just turn up between 10am and noon.


Countess Wear Walkers

Meet on Thursdays at 10am outside Cafe 24 at the Glasshouse Lane shops.

Email edward.shaw@ecfc.co.uk or phone 07736 918281 to find out more.


Torbay Stone Balancing, Sand Art, Community Helpline, Sunflower Trails and more!

Torbay Community Development Trust have a whole host of events including mindful stone balancing and sand art sessions on beaches in Torbay, and sunflower trails for Ukraine. They also operate a community helpline on 01803 446022.


Honiton Mental Health Drop-In

A relaxed and friendly drop-in for women over 18, run by the Devon Recovery Learning Community.

Join them on Thursdays at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery from 10am to 1pm.


“Thinkers” Anxiety Cafe, Dawlish

One of the first anxiety cafes to be funded by Teignbridge CVS’s COVID anxiety initiative, the Roots group is still going strong with a meet-up every Friday from 12:30 – 2pm at the Riverside Centre, Dawlish.

Phone 07931 225680 or visit Roots Community Enhancement for more information.


New Barnstaple groups

Barnstaple Alliance are running two new groups at Shambles near Barnstaple Market.

The Wellbeing Cafe runs each Wednesday from 10am to 12noon, and Men’s Chill and Chat runs on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm.

Phone 01271 866300 and speak to Andrea for more details.


Jobs, Training, Funding, and Volunteering


STOP PRESS – Roles at Peerfest

PeerFest exists to celebrate the strength of community-led groups doing peer support, led by people with lived experience of mental distress. Run by Mind, it includes diverse and accessible activities, awards and an annual event to share and celebrate peer innovation.

They’re recruiting flexible lived experience roles to make this happen.

Applications need to be in by Weds 10th August. Check out the links below:


Kinship Carer Volunteers in Devon

You may be aware of, or already supporting, family or friends who step up to raise children when their parents can’t. These are known as “Kinship Carers” and the wonderful folk at Kinship are recruiting volunteers in Devon to support them. You’ll be well supported and trainined.

If you want to make a difference, please get in touch with Jane Howard on 07518 291759.


NSUN Trustees Sought

The National Survivor User Network is looking for trustees. Closing date 16th August 2022.

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Free Digital Workshops for Devon Voluntary Groups with Cosmic

A series of workshops are still 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.


Devon Psychological System Review

Anyone who works in mental health in Devon is invited to take part in this survey by 19th August. The aim of the review is to inform the development of an integrated and effective healthcare system. 

It seeks to understand how we best meet the needs of the population and meet needs that are traditionally seen too complex or not quite fitting Talkworks or Plymouth Options but who historically have not met the threshold for Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) or step 4 psychological therapies.


Growing Communities Fund

Projects that support Devon communities have the opportunity to apply for funding through a new scheme.

Grants ranging from £500 to £3,000 are available through the Growing Communities Fund.


RECOLLECT project

You might have read a little about the RECOLLECT project recently. This study will help understand the impact and importance of Recovery Colleges like us.

To participate students must be brand new to recovery colleges like Devon Recovery Learning Community, having not yet attended any courses. For more information please contact email jemma.regan@nhs.net

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Menopause Peer Support

This summer, The Nest Southwest Community Interest Company, is launching an exciting project to recruit a group of ‘Nest Friends’ who will become part of their Menopause Peer Support Network and play a crucial role in their upcoming Menopause groups (starting Autumn 2022)

Essential qualities they are looking for:

  • Lived experience and/or interest in the menopause experience
  • Good listening skills
  • Non-judgemental, respectful and inclusive
  • Reliable
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to maintain confidentiality


Does this sound like you, or someone you know? Then have a read of the role description on their website and complete the application form. The deadline is Friday 19th August 2022.


Courses with Learn Devon

There are a whole host of courses available with Learn Devon this summer, from facilitating workshops, IT skills, and health and social care training. Try a Team Leading course, IT skills, or health and social care studies!

Courses are available right across the county and they are all free!


Community Connector, Beacon Centre

The Beacon Centre is looking for a motivated and hardworking individual to help residents achieve their health and social goals.

25 hours per week, flexible for the right candidate.

Deadline for applications is 7th September.


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.