Community Development Fund Winners – 2023

Meet the 9 winners of this years Community Development Fund!

Community-driven initiatives play a pivotal role in fostering positive change and empowering individuals to make a lasting impact. In today’s blog post, we are thrilled to introduce you to the inspiring winners of this year’s Community Development Fund. These remarkable individuals and organizations have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving their communities and have been recognized for their innovative projects.

Moreover, the winners of the Community Development Fund recognize the vital importance of lived experience when working within mental health recovery, valuing the unique perspectives and insights of individuals who have personally navigated the challenges of mental health and using their experiences to guide and inform their initiatives.

We are thrilled to provide ongoing support to these organizations, enabling them to continue their incredible work and make a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals within their communities.


We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Devon Mental Health Alliance, especially Community Mental Health Development Lead Tara Rundle, for their invaluable support and match funding for two of the North Devon projects. Their contribution has played a crucial role in ensuring the success and sustainability of these initiatives, allowing us to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals facing mental health challenges in the community.

Survivors Alliance CIC– a not for profit organisation in North Devon who support women and men who identify as survivors or victims of sexual violence, including rape and historic child sexual abuse.

Recovery Devon and the Devon Mental Health Alliance have funded a project to help provide a therapeutic support group for 13 women who have survived sexual violence, for six weeks.

WayMakers – ‘Our goal is for autistic people to flourish alongside workplace culture, creativity, productivity and effectiveness.’

Recovery Devon and the Devon Mental Health Alliance have funded a weekly peer support and social group for teenage autistic girls, and those assigned a female gender at birth. These groups will include activities such as a session at Hakeford Woods (firelighting, whittling, campfire cooking, and creativity in nature); a visit to Skern Lodge (archery and an obstacle course); a team ‘escape room’ experience at ‘Escape Down the Rabbit Hole’ and paddle boarding.

Creative Communities CIC – A community interest company and social enterprise encouraging and supporting creativity and crafting for wellbeing.

Recovery Devon have funded some mental health craft sessions that will cover a variety of different crafting opportunities, such as journaling, slow stitching, mixed media artwork etc

Healthscape CIC – HealthScape primarily deliver cold water immersion peer support in the sea and are currently collaborating with 3 other organizations, Jatis Project, Shekinah & Walnut Lodge to deliver a suite of activities at our premises at Grow in Torbay.

Recovery Devon have funded the purchase of 6 Lumi cold water immersion pods so that more people can access and try cold water immersion therapy. This will also be complemented with breathwork sessions.

Colab Men’s Group – CoLab Exeter is a multi-agency wellbeing hub that enables people and organizations to work together, to create the conditions for people to lead their best lives, and do their best work; and for organizations to achieve their greatest impact and value.

Recovery Devon have funded for the running of a Men’s Group to help improve self esteem. This will happen in the atrium and will include bringing in other organizations to provide a barber service, debt advice, literacy support and a GP surgery.

moMENtum CIC – moMENtum is a mutual support group for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. They meet as equals for support and to gain an understanding of themselves and to share information and resources.

Recovery Devon have funded for resources to be distributed to men that may not be ready to access in person support.

The Washing Machine of Destiny – A play performed by Luca Saunders and Philip Robinson who are on the autistic spectrum (directed by Pippa Marriott, who isn’t).

Recovery Devon have funded for Philip and Luca to purchase some ear defenders to make sure that their show is more accessible to those on the autistic spectrum.

Esteem Team CIC – Esteem Team are a Community Interest Company that work with children and young people who have additional needs and/or struggle with their mental health.

Recovery Devon have funded for Esteem Team to provide Summer holiday sessions/groups/events that will enable/empower and equip children and young people who do not have funding or any support in the holidays.

Parental Minds CIC – Parental Minds aim to empower curiosity around mental healthcare through peer support, resource development, research, collaboration and networking.

Recovery Devon have funded the Parental Minds team to produce a resource video to help support the families of children and young people that are struggling with their mental health.


These nine winners of the Community Development Fund exemplify the power of grassroots initiatives and the impact they can have on individuals and communities. Their dedication, innovation, and unwavering spirit have transformed lives, created opportunities, and fostered a sense of unity. We are proud to be supporting them.