February 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!

It’s been another busy month for the Recovery Devon team. We supported Time to Talk day, 2nd Feb 2023, with a relaunch of our Happy to Share cards!

As part of our relaunch, we will be getting in touch with everyone who had previously engaged with the project. We will also be looking for new businesses and organisations to join us in our cause to reduce loneliness in Devon.

As part of the relaunch we also began our 3rd season of the Recovery Devon Podcast. The wonderful Debbie Williams joined our Community Development Worker, Sami, to chat about the Happy to Share cards and importance of community spaces.

A huge thank you to Caron Sprake for the original idea for these cards and for the passion that went behind starting this project.

To get involved or to find out more please email : Jody@recoverydevon.co.uk

The Washing Machine of Destiny!

The Recovery Devon team would like to say a huge congratulations to Philip and Luca on their fantastic show, The Washing Machine of Destiny!

We funded part of the production of the show through our Community Development Fund. The passion that Philip and Luca have shone through their application and we feel so honored to be a small part of their journey.

The play is about what it’s like to be on the Autistic spectrum, from 2 people who are on the Autistic spectrum. A very important play that captures a serious message in a fun and entertaining way. From the very second the play started it was clear that Philip and Luca have created something rather special and unique.

Philip, Hilda and Luca

The Recovery Devon Podcast!

We are back with Season 3 of our Recovery Devon Podcast!

We kicked off Season 3 on Time to Talk day, to encourage people to get talking and sharing.

We were joined by one of Recovery Devons Directors, Debbie Williams, who was at the very beginning of the Happy to Share project in 2016 alongside Caron Sprake. 

Our podcast is an opportunity for people to share their lived experience, talk about recovery, share resources and explore what it means to be fully human. We have had previous episodes on coping with bereavement, cosplay in the community, music and mental health, men’s mental health, perinatal mental health, body positivity and many more.

If you’d like to be part of our podcast please get in touch and we can talk you through the process. Don’t worry if you don’t have any equipment we record episodes over zoom and edit afterwards! We always let you have first listen too so you get final say.

If you’d like to get involved please email: Sami@recoverydevon.co.uk

A screenshot from our Podcast recording during lockdown with Colab – Resilient Women

Enrol on our Recovery Training

Recovery Devon currently offers Recovery Training within Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Peer Support Workers in training at the University of Exeter, First Response Teams, and by invitation to Primary Care settings such as GP surgeries and social prescribers. In 2023, we are offering this further to other organisations within the VCSE sector.

Our training packages in Recovery and peer support are becoming increasingly popular and our calendar is starting to fill up for the year. We offer everything from a one-hour session for busy teams through to bespoke one-day workshops.

If you would like to find out about our 2023 training packages. Please email sami@recoverydevon.co.uk with the subject ‘RECOVERY TRAINING’.

New Year goal: Get trained in Recovery!

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 current prospectus, with all the opportunities available for January – March 2023, please click here.

They 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

Support Group for Parents – Alongside You

Youth Arts and Health will be running a new group beginning soon on Mondays 5.30pm – 6.45pm on zoom.  It will run for 8 Mondays.

‘This is a not a therapy group, but instead a support group facilitated by two Arts Therapists with the Youth Arts & Health Trust who work regularly with children, young people and families.  It will be an opportunity to meet with other parents who are concerned about the mental health of a child or young person in their life, and will offer a safe and non-judgmental group to explore how we can better look after ourselves as well as our families. 

We aim for it to be a comfortable and nurturing space and encourage you to bring your favourite cuppa and your slippers! 

There will be no experience of arts needed and we will post you a journal and some arts materials in the post so you can join in with any creative activities we offer to help us reflect and share (if you want to) in the group and/or in your own time. 

If you are interested please email info@youthartsandhealth.org to sign up.  We intend to begin as soon as we have 8 parents signed up.’ 

Youth Arts and Health Trust

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.

Be part of a monthly Wellbeing Group at Cranbrook Education Campus 19.00 – 20.30, every first Thursday of the month.
More To Sea Music Collective, open access creative community in Dartington, Thursdays 13.30 – 15.30 at Hex Studio Dartington Estate.
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.
In partnership with North Devon Council and One Northern Devon Griffiths have their next community ‘It’s a New Day – Recruitment, Advice & Wellbeing Fair’ planned during National Careers Week on 9th March 2023.   
The location will be in Barnstaple at Green Lanes Shopping Centre. 9th March 2023. 10am-3pm

Our North Devon Community Development Worker, Jody, will also be there!

A weekly Community Cafe in St Sidwells Cafe. Meet your local Community Builder Maisaa Sweid. Thursdays 10.30 12.
Singing for Wellness! For anyone living with a respiratory condition. These sessions happen on Mondays 1.30pm- 3.30pm at Honiton Family Chuch. Contact Sarah info@wrenmusic.co.uk

Bipolar Awareness Day Online Event

An online event called ‘Bipolar Diagnosis and Beyond’ is being held by Bipolar UK on Bipolar Awareness Day. More information, and for tickets, can be found via the button below.

Thu, 30 March 2023, 18:00 – 21:00 BST (Bipolar Awareness Day)

Carer Peer Supporter Opportunity

Devon Partnership NHS Trust Research team have an opportunity for anyone who has supported a family member or friend treated under the Mental Health Act.

We are looking for individuals to sign up to a research study.

You will complete training to become a “Carer Peer Supporter” and then will provide one-to-one support to a carer who has a family member or friend currently being treated under the Mental Health Act.

There is some financial reimbursement for taking part.

The purpose of the research is to see if carer peer support is feasible in England. More information in the flyer below.

This opportunity is voluntary, if you have any questions please contact Stacey Horne staceyhorne@nhs.net, there is no obligation to take part.

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 (community 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.