August Round Up

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!

What have we been up to?

Our Community Development Workers have been busy networking, attending events, distributing resources and going out to visit our fund winners to see how they are getting on.

Sami has been working on her training packages that we offer and is due to deliver some Recovery Training in August with peer workers at Exeter University. She also co-facilitated a ‘Kindess Rocks’ workshop in Budleigh with Sarah McFloof, for people that were affected in the recent flood.

Jody has been busy out and about attending events such as North Devon Homes Summer Fayre and meeting with this year’s Development Fund Winners. She really enjoyed attending ‘One Barnstaple’s – Wellbeing Wednesday Cafés’ at Barnstaple Library, which are taking a break over August but hope to resume from September.

We have recruited a new board member – Merle – welcome to the Recovery Devon Team Merle!
We have also started planning our 20th Anniversary celebration day in October. Watch this space for more details!

Part Two of our Podcast in the Pod is now live! This podcast was recorded as part of Mental Health Awareness Week event at Exeter Library. Please listen via the link below or just search for the Recovery Devon Podcast on Spotify.

What’s happening in Devon?

CoLab’s Men’s Group, one of our fund winners, have created a social, safe space where men can have the chance to develop themselves and have their voices heard.

Sessions are held every Tuesday 2-4pm in the Atrium at CoLab Exeter.

Action East Devon Peer Support Groups – Tuesday evenings 6-8pm at Seaton Community Cafe
Arts and Crafts Sessions – 16th August & 13th Sept 2-3.30pm in the Atrium at CoLab Exeter
CoLab Exeter are asking for donations of toiletries for women
Final showing of the play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ – Saturday 5th August 7.30pm at Crediton Arts Centre. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased at

Spend your Wednesdays in August with fellow book lovers. For ages 14-18, enjoy a relaxed setting for shared reading and chatting. Run by a young volunteer, it’s a great way to boost your summer. Contact the library via email or social media for details and to register.

Home Start Family Wellbeing Group – Tuesdays 10.30-12.30pm at Cranbrook Community Hub
Text reads Barnstaple free wellbeing walks (with a purpose) starting Monday the 3rd of July 2023. This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to take part in a guided wellbeing walk around Barnstaple
Note, participants using mobility aids are welcome too. Running weekly sessions every Monday morning at 11am. We aim to walk around 45 minutes and then end our session with an opportunity to join for a cup of tea in a chat
Our mission is to explore Barnstaple town centre looking for the good, the bad and the ugly. We take a variety of routes, aiming to create a logbook of notes, observations, comments and pictures, which we can then hand over to North Devon Council. Our town is amazing let's celebrate the good bits and see if we can improve the not so good bits. Meeting point High Street entrance to the Pannier Market. Requirements for attending simple you need to declare yourself fit and be able to undertake a social wellbeing walk. We will need to take your details, an emergency contact and telephone number and that's it we'll stop once all our sessions are completed we will compile a dossier for the council, including steps walked, good and bad bits encountered on the routes, pictures comments and recommendations. Come join the Vista tribe we'd love to have you on our walks. Just turn up or contact info up this
Vista Wellbeing Walks in Barnstaple, Mondays 11am, meeting at The Pannier Market.

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 drop-in locations include;






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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 ( 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.