March Recovery Opportunities Round-Up

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!

Recovery Devon Community Development Fund

Our annual Community Development Fund is open for applications! It’s suitable for anyone who wants to run a small mental health project in Devon, particularly people living with mental health recovery, and those who might not be used to funding or running projects. We’d love to hear from you!

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Devon Recovery Learning Community

Spring brings a crop of new in-person and online courses from our friends at DRLC. Choose from online craft groups, in-person walks, tai chi, and laughter yoga!

Special mention to a couple of former Recovery Devon Development Fund winners:

Belinda Seward of Horsemanship for Health

The Coffee Bank, Ottery Drop-in
24th March Noon – 2pm

Come and say hello to our development worker Sami Goulding, who’ll be there to chat mental health recovery and help anyone who wants to apply for a Development Fund.

Find out more here

Death Cafes in Exeter, Barnstaple and Crediton

Finding connection through loss. Enjoy tea & cake while sharing experiences, hopes, fears, & thoughts about death. You are welcome to talk, or just come & listen. Free drop-in.

Exeter Library – Tue 3rd May 1-3pm

Barnstaple Library – Fri 6th May 1-3pm

Crediton Library – Wed 11th May 1-3pm

Autism and Mental Health – Recovery Devon Elevenses

Our informal, online elevenses meetings are on a different subject each month. This time we’re talking about autism and mental health to mark Autism Acceptance week. Open to anyone with an interest in the subject, personal or professional.

Book your ticket for 11am on Friday 1st April or email (em at for a link.

Black Dog Walking Club, North Devon

North Devon’s Black Dog of Depression Walking Club was set up by The Veterans Charity, initially for veterans and HM Forces folk.

Open to all over 18s. Walks are advertised on Twitter here.

Quiet Lounge Anxiety Group, Teignmouth

Our Community Development Manager, Em Flint, will be co-facilitating a series of anxiety management meet-ups in collaboration with Volunteering In Health, who are offering places via social prescribers starting this April.

Contact Jeannette at Volunteering in Health for details.

Jobs, Training, and Volunteering

The Strawpatch Project, Ilfracombe

Nature’s prescription for wellbeing! The lovely setting of The Strawpatch Project just outside Ilfracombe is a perfect space for friendship groups, art clubs, and ecotherapy. Recent winners of a Recovery Devon Community Development Fund, they’d love to hear from anyone who wants to help them around the farm or run a group. Find out all about them here.

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.

Ukraine Conversation Cafe, Exeter

Run by volunteers as a community-led space, Maketank’s Conversation Café will sell coffee and baked goods as well as artwork to raise moneys for Ukraine and for Devon-bound refugees who are arriving hopefully shortly. They’re looking for people to help them with everything from making teas and coffees to writing press releases.

Get in touch with MakeTank here.

Proud To Care, Exeter

Want to get into health and social care work Pop into St Sidwell’s Community Centre, Exeter on Thursdays 2pm – 4pm and speak with Proud To Care about free courses & training offers near you with The Health & Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme. Email Proud to Care for details.

Project Co-Facilitator, Bridge Collective Exeter

Are you looking for a facilitation role within a self-defining community of people with experiences that have sometimes been called mental illness?

The Bridge Project is seeking a part-time project co-ordinator. Details here.

National Recovery Opportunities

2022 MQ Fellows Award

Applications are now open for the 2022 MQ Fellows Award for professional mental health researchers.

This offers funding for research into suicide, comorbidities, and premature mortality of people with serious mental illnesses.

Apply by 29th April here.

National Institute for Health and Research Public Committee Members

NIHR is looking for members of the public who are interested in using their own experiences to to improve public health and address health inequalities.

You do not need to have a scientific background and the post is paid for 4 meetings per year.

Find out more and apply 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 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.