May Recovery Round-Up

Some images from our fair at Exeter Library for Mental Health Awareness Week

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!


Recovery Devon Elevenses

Our monthly informal meetings on different subjects are going strong. Themes for the next three are:

  • Maternal Mental Health (Fri 27th May)
  • Carers’ Mental Health (Fri 24th June)
  • Schizophrenia Awareness (Fri 29th July)

See you at Respect Festival?

All different, all equal! Exeter Respect is the city’s annual celebration of diversity where we use the performing and creative arts to engage the wider community in saying no to racism and all forms of prejudice.

We’ll be holding a stall on Saturday 11th June to help celebrate its 25th birthday, so come and say hello!


Development Fund Winners

We are pleased to announce our Development Fund Winners for summer/autumn 2022:

Pinhoe LIbrary Picnics – Creative Communities Ilfracombe – Newton Abbot Anxiety Cafe – Braunton Men’s Shed – Esteem Team CIC

Thank you to the dozens of fantastic applicants who made it such a challenging choice.

We are looking forward to bringing you news of what our fund winners get up to across the county!


Bloom Festival “Phoenix Wings”

Thank you to everyone who came along to our workshop with Hayley Watson at the Bloom Festival. The Phoenix Wings created during this workshop show a collaborative sharing of overcoming and strength, of a group of people able to rise from darkness to share the light.

You can read all about the workshop on our blog.


Recovery Opportunities -Devon

Devon Recovery Learning Community

As usual the DRLC offer free courses right across Devon. You can see them all on their website or download a copy of their prospectus. Will you try cold water swimming, ukelele, patchwork, fossil hunting or archeology this summer..?

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

New prospectus out now!

Plymouth Recovery Empowerment Group – Workshops

Plymouth REG’s first workshops went really well and there are more on the way. Understanding Mental Health Medication runs from Monday 13th June for 3 weeks at 3pm.

Understanding & Coping with Extreme Moods is a two-workshop offer by clinical psychologist Elina Baker and expert by experience Nicky Nurrish running in Plympton from 28th June.

To book or find out more email plymouthmhreg@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook.


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

Still Available! 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.


Devon Mind Courses

Did you know? Devon Mind run various courses and meetings throughout the year, such as Food and Mood, Behavioural Activation, and creative Trash to Treasure workshops.


Free Summer Wander and Craft Day at Cockington, Friday 24th June

Jointly offered by Plymouth Octopus Project and Torbay Community Development Trust is this lovely day out at Cockington Court.

The day begins with a sensory walk and ends with a nature crafting session indoors with refreshements provided.

The places are offered to residents from Torbay and Plymouth postcodes who are not currently working.

Call Natasha Talbot on 07977 226277 to book your place.


Wellbeing Works Devon

Still available! 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.


HOPE courses for anxiety, depression, and chronic pain

The HOPE programme focuses on you as a person, not as a long-term condition. It helps you to discover new strengths and rediscover old ones to keep yourself well.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust have online courses coming up this June and July for specific challenges such as anxiety, depression, and living with chronic pain.


North Devon Biosphere Groups: Barnstaple, South Molton & Bideford

North Devon Biosphere are running courses for adults to engage in outdoor, environmental activity.  Throughout the sessions there will be opportunities to meet local organisations that could offer ideas and support for people to pursue environmental activities, either through volunteering, training or employment.

It is a really exciting opportunity for people to experience nature on their doorstep!

Email claire.hickson@biospherefoundation.co.uk to find out more.


Jobs, Training, Funding, and Volunteering

STOP PRESS – MIND Paid Peer Support Forum – Closing Date 30th May

From MIND website: “We are looking for four people to be part of a working group that will inform and shape our monthly Peer Support & Community Group Online Forum. The four
people will have different life experiences, expertise, and viewpoints on community-led groups doing peer support. This includes all types of groups that come together to support each other including peer support and self-help
groups, mutual aid groups, youth groups and faith-based groups.

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.



Let’s Talk Teenagers

Let’s Talk Teenagers is an opportunity for you as a parent or guardian of teenager(s). Meet over 3 evenings online to hear about the challenges young people are facing today, and the tools you can use to support your children and community.


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.


Free “Human Givens” Resources

The Human Givens approach is a set of organising ideas that provides a holistic, scientific framework for understanding the way that individuals and society work. They offer a huge range of clear, practical resources with this invitation: “Together we can raise awareness of our innate needs and resources, and the best ways to help humanity thrive…”


Fundraising Do’s and Don’ts

Are you getting the most out of your financial plan? These workshops from Devon Communities Together will look at how you currently finance your business and explore what other options are available to you.

Wed 22nd June, 4–5pm, Online (W Devon focus)

Thu 23rd June, 4-5pm, Online (Torridge focus)

Wed 29th June, 2-4.30pm, Online (Writing winning applications for funding)


Global & UK Recovery News and Opportunities

Wellness Recovery Action Plan – New Offer!

Advocates for Human Potential have released a NEW EBook to mark Mental Health Action Day on May 19th; a new booklet called WRAP: Five Key Concepts to Guide Your Path to Wellness. It’s free and you can download it today!


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


Reflections on the State of Mental Health Services in the UK – Healthwatch & Kooth Report

A Healthwatch mental health survey and subsequent webinar hosted by Kooth in March 2022 revealed that the challenges with access to mental health support are something that local groups and service users around them are all too aware of. Kooth have created a report of the findings from the survey and the webinar.


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.