May 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!


May was another busy month for our Community Development Workers, we held events, attended events and were out and about in the community spreading the word about our Community Development Fund.

Our main event this month was our Mental Health Awareness Fair for Mental Health Awareness Week. A huge thank you to everyone that attended, and Exeter Library for hosting us!

On a day were the library had over 2000 visitors we recorded over 600 meaningful conversations and connections were made with the incredible organizations that joined us.

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.


Mental Health Awareness Fair 2023

What a day!!

The Recovery Devon team are passionate about highlighting the work being offered in the communities around Exeter and Devon and it was a privilege to be able to organize an event where this could be highlighted.

It was uplifting being able to witness all the conversations happening and seeing people connect to what support is out there. This years event was busier and more attended then last years with a steady footfall throughout the day and a buzz in the air.

For more information on what happened throughout the day and the organizations that attended please click the link below.

More Information


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 2023

Our Community Development Fund is now closed for the year.

A huge thank you to those that applied, this year there was another growth in the amount received and a wealth of recovery ideas and knowledge throughout all applications. We also had a record breaking amount of applications from North Devon which really highlights the need and passion for recovery projects throughout Devon.

It also shows the impact that our Community Development Worker, Jody, is having in her patch through connections made and spreading the recovery message and ethos. Thank you Jody!

Keep your eyes on our socials for the winners of this years Community Development Fund to be announced!



Our Community Development Worker, Sami, will be supporting this event and helping on the day!

The Community Garden at Newton Poppleford is a beautiful location with free parking (there is also a local bus, if you require directions or someone to meet you please get in touch), toilets and a shaded indoor area. There will also be teas, coffees and home made cake! Please get in touch with Sarah to book a space.


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 3 more shows, this time at Exeter Library!

The shows are lined up for 28th, 29th and 30th September 2023 from 7.30pm

This is a “pay what you choose” event, and you can select from £6£10, or £15 per ticket. Exeter Library is ran by the charity Libraries Unlimited, and all proceeds go towards making your library service thrive.

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


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;

Exeter 

Kingsbridge 

Honiton 

Tiverton 

Bideford 

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.

Parental Minds are looking for a Parent Caregiver Crisis Peer Support Worker! For more information email hello@parentalminds.org.uk

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

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.