September Round-up

September sunrise, Teignmouth

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 Day – You’re invited!

Please join us on Friday 14th October for a day recognising the work of our projects over the last couple of years. Places are free but space is limited so please book your ticket here.

Winter Development Fund open!

Our Winter Development Fund is still open for applications! If you have a good idea for a menal health project in your community, we’d like to hear from you. But hurry – applications close at 9am on 30th September!

Carers’ Elevenses Write-up

Our open meeting on carers’ mental health led to some heartfelt conversations and a fantastic sharing of resources which we have written up into a post here.

We hope it helps you or someone you know.

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 Opportunities

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.

They’re also holding a mental health fair at St Sidwells Exeter on the afternoon of Saturday 8th October.

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!
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Substance Misuse and Recovery Training with EDP

After lots of requests, EDP is delighted to offer a new Zoom course to professionals and the general public that introduces substance misuse, substances and recovery in ways that will really support people to have a practical understanding of the subject. They are aimed at anyone who would benefit from having a more in depth understanding of substance misuse and the process of recovery.

Understanding and Supporting Substance Use Recovery – (Devon focused)

Mon, September 19, 2022 (postponed)

Understanding and Supporting Substance Use Recovery (everyone)

Tue, 11 October 2022 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sessions are on a pay-what-you-can basis. Please follow the links for more details.

Understanding and Responding to Coercive and Controlling Behaviour

This free online training by the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse aims to understand the various forms coercive control can take, how to spot the signs, and ways to support those experiencing it.

Speakers include Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs.

This training is on hold at present but new details will be shared on this link shortly.

QWELL app discovery days

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+. There are a series of discovery events through September and October to find out more.

The Moorings – Extended hours
  • The Exeter site will now be open 10am-midnight (Monday-Friday) and 12pm-midnight (Saturday-Sunday). The service offers support in person and virtually.
  • The Torquay site will now offer additional virtual support 10am-6pm, in addition to the existing hours 6pm-midnight (Monday-Friday) and 12pm-midnight (Saturday-Sunday) in person and virtually.

Parental Minds – a bumper round-up!

Thank you to our friends at Parental Minds for providing a huge entry for our round-up this month…

Parental Minds gives support to families who are struggling with their mental health. We believe that the parental voice is vital when families are living with mental health issues; this under pins all our work. We offer a safe place for Parents/Caregivers to be heard and somewhere to exchange ideas, hints and tips with other Parents/Caregivers.  

If parents are interested in joining they can do so via this link: 

This will give access to virtual peer support, 1:1 WhatsApp support, WhatsApp group support, support calls, and access to their newsletter.

Hubs can be attended in the following areas: 

  • Honiton: Every Monday, Zest Cafe, 11.00 – 13.00 (this is subject to change) 
  • Exeter: Every Tuesday, John Lewis Community Room, 10.00 – 12.00. 
  • Sidmouth: Every Wednesday, Port Royal Sailing Club, 10.30 – 12.30.  
  • Online: Zoom, every Thursday,  13.30 – 14.30


There are Facebook pages Parents can join: 

We also offer events every month:  

  • Evening Peer Support Hubs – 2nd Thursday of the month, Honiton, Zest Café, 19.00 – 21.00 
  • Crafty Minds – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, Honiton, Zest Café, 19.30 – 21.00 
  • Online Workshop – 4th Tuesday of the month, Zoom, 19.30 – 21.00 

Cost of living support for VCSE groups – “Survive and Thrive”

If you are trying to keep a community group running, you might be interested in this new toolkit from the Charity Excellence Framework which helps with financial and strategic planning.

Research participation – New experiences of anxiety in over 65’s

Are you aged 65 or older?
Did you access mental health support for the first time in the last 3 years?
Your story could help Vicky Williams, a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Exeter, understand how to improve access to mental health services.

To take part in a 1-hour interview, or for more
information, please contact Vicky at:
07919 112813

£10 shopping voucher for taking part.

New video introducing the Mental Health Alliance

A new animation has been launched to help explain how local partners are changing and improving services as part of the Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF) in Devon.

The animation has been co-produced with those involved with the Framework and those with lived experience. It is an introduction to the work that is going on to implement the Framework across Devon.

Counselling for those on reduced means offered by MIND

Devon Mind offers counselling at affordable rates across the county. Now, thanks to a grant from.Devon Communities Foundation, they can offer free sessions to those who can demonstrate financial hardship.

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.