January Round-up

Wonderful ‘Positivity Pebbles’ handmade by Sarah McFloof, McFloof Makes.

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!

Our team have been busy back to it this January, so this isn’t going be a long round-up.

However, we would like to just take a moment to wish you all a Happy Belated New Year. We hope you are all keeping warm and well during these wintery days. Rest assured, that the countdown is on as spring arrives in less than 52 days.

This is a special year for Recovery Devon, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. We are very much looking forward to be sharing with you our anniversary plans and hope you will join us in celebrating!

A shot from our Recovery Day at West Town Farm in October 2022.

Development Fund 2023

This year it will be the eighth year of running our Development Fund. We are going to be running the fund how it was originally ran when it was set up. This means instead of splitting the pot into two smaller funds across the year, it will be just one bigger pot for the whole year.

For those of you are new to our Community Development Fund, we will be looking to fund projects which support mental health and Recovery in their Community. We welcome people with lived experience of mental health issues, and those who have never tried to run a project of their own.

This year’s fund will open in April and will run until May 2023. More information coming soon regarding dates, how to apply and terms and conditions.

We were delighted to support Braunton Men’s Sheds last year through our Development Fund.

Happy to Share makes a return

If you subscribe to our mailing list or read our monthly round-ups, you will be the first to know that we are delighted to be relaunching the Happy to Share project – an initiative brought to us by our 2015 Development Fund winner, Caron Sprake.

Caron noticed how many people in cafes were sitting alone, so she created a simple card saying “Happy to Share My Table.” Those people could be joined by others who may also be looking for someone to share a table and have a conversation. 

This simple and innovative way to reduce social isolation and loneliness in our communities proved popular in cafes and eateries across Devon. However, due to the Covid Pandemic we had to put the project on hold.

Join us on our social media on Time to Talk Day (2nd February) as we relaunch the project and look to get more communities involved, than ever before!

Happy to Share is returning!
Help tackle loneliness in your community with Happy to Share.

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

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.
Growing Well Garden, social prescribing project, happening in Mid Devon Wellbeing.
After school musical wellbeing course for 7-9 and 9-11 year olds with Big Music Collective, Topsham.
New 6 week Women’s Peer Support Group by Survivor’s Alliance North Devon at The Lodge in Barnstaple.
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.

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.