April Round Up 2023

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!

April is here, and what a busy month it has been!

Our Community Development Workers have been busy organizing events for Mental Health Awareness Week in May, attending networking events in North Devon and Exeter and creating a new Recovery Training that focuses on the lived experience of those with Eating Disorders.

We would also like to take a moment to welcome our new Administrator! Julia Whitworth is the newest member of the Recovery Devon Team and will be working alongside us to help with all things admin related.

If you’ve got an event you’d like us to be a part of this year or next, please get in touch by emailing hello@recoverydevon.co.uk

Opportunities for Recovery can be be found everywhere, if you know how to find them.

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Mental Health Awareness Fair – You’re Invited!

After the success of last years Mental Health Awareness Fair, we have organized another one! 

The event will be held at Exeter Library on 16th May 2023, 9am-2pm. 

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the day. We have organizations ready to chat, a pebble painting workshop, live podcast recording, #letschalk and a plant sale from last years Community Development Fund winners.  For more information on who will be there click the button below.

More Information

We look forward to seeing you there!

Help us reach your community

We are looking for people to help us bring our Happy to Share Project to their area.

Happy to Share is a simple and innovative way to reduce social isolation and loneliness in our community.

Since our relaunch back in February this year, we have had several cafes and eatieries join the project and they are now displaying our Happy to Share cards on their tables. (See the image on the right!)

If you are interested in becoming a Happy To Share Coordinator for your community, please get in touch with Jody at jody@recoverydevon.co.uk.

If you are a local business or organisation, you can also contact Jody on the above email and request to be involved and recieve some cards of your own.

To learn more about the project click here.

Image of Happy to Share card by Recovery Devon.
A picture of the front of our Happy to Share Cards.

Community Development Fund – Now open for applications!

We are now accepting applications for this years Community Development Fund!

For those of you who don’t already know, our Community Development Fund, is for anyone who is passionate about creating opportunities for recovery, in interesting and ‘out of the box’ ways. We welcome any innovative, recovery-focused project ideas that would benefit from a small amount of financial support.

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like some advice/support on the process and application. Our Community Development Workers are ready and waiting to chat to you about potential application ideas.

Below is a link to the application form and guidance notes.


Get your applications in by 21st May 2023 9.00AM.

Disclaimer – Our fund is open to all areas in Devon. For North Devon email – jody@recoverydevon.uk

For Exeter/East Devon –


For anywhere else in Devon email either of the above or hello@recoverydevon.co.uk.

Did you miss out on getting tickets to The Washing Machine of Destiny – the theatre show all about what it’s like to live on the autistic spectrum? 

Our 2022 Development Fund winners, Philip and Luca, are putting on 2 more shows until their autumn tour!

2pm Sat 29th April at Ashburton Arts Centre tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/576683

7.30pm Sat 13th May Crediton Arts Centre tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/creditonartscentre

But be quick, their previous shows were SELL OUTS!!! 

Recovery Devon are pleased to announce as part of our Loneliness and Isolation Fund, we have been able to support a new peer support group being set up in Kingsbridge, for anyone with lived experience of a mental health issue.

The Life Composting group, will run on Thursdays, from 10.30am-12.30pm at Tumbly Hill Day Centre, Kingsbridge, from 4th May-8th June. This is 6 free sessions with a view to it then becoming participant-led (or securing further funding).

To book, please contact Ben Stollery, who will be facilitating the group. bstollery63@gmail.com / 07963782874.

Recovery Opportunities

Devon Recovery Learning Community

The DRLC offers a wide range of free, open access opportunities to learn about mental health and Recovery. They provide a unique curriculum of courses delivered online, in person or through a blended approach to learning, designed to increase your knowledge and equip you with the tools to live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life.

To view their upcoming courses for April and beyond, please find their course finder here.

They also offer a relaxed and friendly weekly drop-in sessions in variety of locations across Deveon. These are open to anyone over the age of 18. You do not need to book, just turn up, sit quietly or chat with folks over a cup of tea and a biscuit; there is no pressure for you to do anything. There will be resources, creative activities and information that can help you keep well and have hope.

Their latest drop-in locations include;






Devon Recovery Learning Community logo

Visit their website www.devonrlc.co.uk

Follow them on Facebook

Email dpn-tr.drlc@nhs.net

What’s happening in Devon

Our 2022 Development Fund winners, Cranbrook Culture Club, are running sessions at EX5-Alive Community Hub on Mondays 18.30 – 20.00.
New online Bipolar support group run by Bipolar UK, meeting on the second Wednesday of the month 12.00 – 13.30, please book a free ticket through www.bipolaruk.org/Event/exeter-group-feb.
Weekly Wednesday Walks, 9am, ST David’s Church, Exeter.

A new Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course being offered by Intercom Trust and the Mood Disorders Centre at Exeter University. For more information email mdcadmin@exeter.ac.uk

Upcoming online course with Mind and Step One. For more information visit https://www.devonmind.com/find-help/courses

An Open Mic night and a Sober Space! This event is on the 29th April in Exeter.

A new walk and cook event for over 55’s with Love Food CIC and Active Devon. To book email lovefoodcic@gmail.com

A Community Advice Drop In in Exeter, open on Thursdays 9.30am-2.30pm. Free tea and coffee available.

Wellbeing Exeter have launched a new self referral option with begins on the 24th April. For more information visit www.wellbeingexeter.org.uk

Join our aDoddle Acommunity 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 (community@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.