Our 20th Anniversary – 2023 in review

As our anniversary year draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the remarkable journey that 2023 has been for Recovery Devon. This year has been a celebration of resilience, community, and progress in the realm of mental health and wellbeing.

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Recovery Devon Anniversary table at our Recovery Day.

Projects

In a world that is more connected digitally than ever before, the scourge of loneliness and isolation persists, affecting countless lives. Recognising the urgency of addressing this issue, we were thrilled to earlier this year announce the relaunch of Happy to Share, a heartfelt initiative aimed at fostering connections, building communities, and combating the silent struggles of loneliness.

As part of our relaunch, we have been excited to create partnerships with like-minded organisations that share our vision where no one feels alone. These collaborations have strengthen our ability to reach a wider audience and amplify the impact of Happy to Share.

Happy to Share Card in Café
Our Happy to Share cards being used in the community.

Events

Firstly, our Mental Health Fair held in May stands out as a pivotal moment, bringing together from all walks of life to engage in open conversations about mental health. The diverse range of stalls, workshops, and activities served as a powerful reminder that our collective strength lies in embracing the richness of different perspectives.

Our Recovery Day in October was also a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Personal stories shared, art exhibited, and collaborative activities underscored the profound impact of shared experiences in overcoming mental health challenges. It was a day dedicated to celebrating victories in Recovery in Devon, both big and small, and fostering a sense of unity within our community.

Recovery Day was a vibrant blend of familiar and new faces, symbolising the continuity of our community’s support. The presence of longtime members showcased shared history, while newcomers brought fresh energy, highlighting the inclusive spirit of our commitment to recovery and wellbeing. The mingling of old and new created a dynamic atmosphere, fostering connections and emphasizing the enduring strength of our community.

2023 Recovery Day Group Circle
A snapshot from our 2023 Recovery Day.

Community Development Fund

The Community Development Fund has been a driving force behind transformative initiatives since the fund began in 2016. The innovative projects funded by the community reflect a shared commitment to breaking down barriers and supporting Recovery of individuals who have faced struggles with their mental health.Congratulations again to our 2023 winners, your innovative projects have not only enriched our community but have also been instrumental in advancing mental health awareness and support.We delight in witnessing the ongoing success of your endeavors and eagerly anticipate what you will accomplish next. To read more about who this year’s winners are and what they’ve been up to, click here.

A video from Max Cohen, Founder of It’s All About You Wellbeing and previous Recovery Devon Community Fund Winner and Board Member.

Moving forward

As 2023 comes to a close, we acknowledge and celebrate the transitions within our Recovery Devon CIC family. It is a bittersweet moment as we bid farewell to individuals moving on to new pastures, embarking on exciting journeys in the form of new jobs and well-deserved retirements. Their contributions have left a lasting impact on Recovery Devon, shaping the positive influence we’ve had on mental health and recovery in our community.

In the spirit of evolution and continuity, Sami and Jody stepping into the role of Co-Managing Directors for our organisation in September delighted us. Their collaborative approach promises fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that align with the core values of Recovery Devon.

Moreover, as we welcome this new chapter, we are also excited about the fresh perspectives and energy brought by some new board. In the new year, we look forward to introducing you to these individuals who will contribute their expertise and dedication to further advance our commitment to mental health, recovery, and wellbeing.

We remain steadfastly grateful for the continued support of our current longstanding, very experienced, and valued board members, who have been the bedrock of our organisation, providing wisdom and guidance throughout our journey.

Final words

As we bid farewell to this anniversary year, we extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have been part of this incredible journey.

To our dedicated team, board members, partners, and the larger community, your unwavering support has been the bedrock of our success. Together, we’ve established a space prioritising mental health, challenging stigma, and celebrating recovery.

Furthermore , we carry the lessons and achievements of the past year into the future. The legacy of our 20th anniversary will continue to inspire us as we strive for a society where mental health is not just acknowledged but embraced and supported.

Thank you for being an integral part of this transformative year. As we step into the next chapter of our mission, let us carry forward the momentum of progress, resilience, and community that defines the essence of Recovery Devon. Here’s to another 20 years of positive change and collective impact.