February 2024 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!

What have we been up to?

We have been very productive this last month while we have been organising a new website and new IT system. Please bear with us over the next few weeks while some changes will be being implemented.

Earlier in the month we had our first Board Meeting of 2024 where we had a room brimming with Recovery Devon staff, directors and board members, it was so wonderful to have so many people attend, old friends and new! Exciting times ahead!

Sami and Jody continue their active involvement in the community, passionately engaging in networking and signposting support available in Devon communities. Additionally, they’ve been dedicated to organising and generating strategies to foster the growth of Recovery Devon in 2024 and beyond. The behind-the-scenes efforts from the whole Recovery Devon team are instrumental in fortifying our organisation and emphasizing the creation of spaces that provide Hope, Opportunity, and Choice.

Plans are in motion for the 2024 Community Development Fund and events for the year, so watch this space for more info to come soon.

What’s happening in Devon?

Coming soon... St Sidwell's ‘Warm Spaces Workshop’ warmly welcomes participants to a comforting artistic experience. These will be happening on the 7th, 21st Feb and 6th March and supported by Olivia. More info to come soon.
Coming soon… St Sidwell’s ‘Warm Spaces Workshop’ warmly welcomes participants to a comforting artistic experience. These will be happening on the 7th, 21st Feb and 6th March and supported by Olivia. More info to come soon.
Revitalising Volunteer Event on Wednesday 7th February at Barnstaple Library to find out more about volunteering opportunities in your local community, you can book a ticket via Eventbrite, email volunteer.connector@ndvs.org.uk or call 01271 866300
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../revitalising-volunteer...
Revitalising Volunteer Event on Wednesday 7th February at Barnstaple Library to find out more about volunteering opportunities in your local community, you can book a ticket via Eventbrite, email volunteer.connector@ndvs.org.uk or call 01271 866300
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/revitalising-volunteer…
Chakradancing with New Dawn!
Thursday 22nd February – 7 to 8:15pm @ The AFJ Hub
£10pp paid in cash on arrival
Chakradancing is a fun workout for mind, body and soul. It gently balances your inner energy and emotions and is a great stress reliever as you get out of your head and into your body. The movement releases the feel-good hormones which act as a natural anti-depressant.
Book your tickets via EventBrite now – https://www.eventbrite.com/.../chakradancing-with-new...
Chakradancing with New Dawn!
Thursday 22nd February – 7 to 8:15pm @ The AFJ Hub
£10pp paid in cash on arrival
Chakradancing is a fun workout for mind, body and soul. It gently balances your inner energy and emotions and is a great stress reliever as you get out of your head and into your body. The movement releases the feel-good hormones which act as a natural anti-depressant.
Book your tickets via EventBrite now – https://www.eventbrite.com/…/chakradancing-with-new…
Weekly coffee and chat at St Sidwells Community Centre, every Monday 10.30-12pm.
Weekly coffee and chat at St Sidwells Community Centre, every Monday 10.30-12pm.
There's still time to catch 'The Washing Machine of Destiny' on the 3rd of February at Dunkerswell Youth Club and on the 10th February at Crediton Arts Centre. 
For more info visit: www.linktr.ee/washingmachineofdestiny
There’s still time to catch ‘The Washing Machine of Destiny’ on the 3rd of February at Dunkerswell Youth Club and on the 10th February at Crediton Arts Centre.
For more info visit: www.linktr.ee/washingmachineofdestiny 🔗
Save the date for 'World Bipolar Day' on 30th March 2024
Save the date for ‘World Bipolar Day’ on 30th March 2024
Connect with carers across Devon from your home. Find out more: https://devoncarers.org.uk/support/peer-support/
Connect with carers across Devon from your home. Find out more: https://devoncarers.org.uk/support/peer-support/
Creative Health in the South West – Reimagined
Wednesday 7th February, 12:30 – 14:30, Free to attend.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../creative-health-in-the...
Creative Health in the South West – Reimagined
Wednesday 7th February, 12:30 – 14:30, Free to attend.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/creative-health-in-the…
Free workshop aimed at the over 55s, for those interested in movement practices (eg dance, yoga, pilates), art and drawing, and conservation and birding. Please note that no previous experience is necessary, and we are working with an access support worker, to enable people with disabilities to participate in a safe and inclusive way.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/793167855407..
Free workshop aimed at the over 55s, for those interested in movement practices (eg dance, yoga, pilates), art and drawing, and conservation and birding. Please note that no previous experience is necessary, and we are working with an access support worker, to enable people with disabilities to participate in a safe and inclusive way.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/793167855407…
Next Meno Monday is on 19th February. and preparing for our own mortality.
Warm, friendly, supportive group. Free refreshments.
book (free) via website: https://thenestsw.org/events/
Next Meno Monday is on 19th February. and preparing for our own mortality.
Warm, friendly, supportive group. Free refreshments.
book (free) via website: https://thenestsw.org/events/
Join Sami on the first Tuesday of every month at St Sidwells Community Centre 10am-12.30pm.
Join Sami on the first Tuesday of every month at St Sidwells Community Centre, Exeter 10am-12.30pm.
Community advice at St Stephen's Church, High Street, Exeter. Feb 22nd 9.30-12.30pm.
Community advice at St Stephen’s Church, High Street, Exeter. Feb 22nd 9.30-12.30pm.

Letter of Hope

We are delighted to share the relaunch of the Letter of Hope, a resource we have created in partnership with Devon Partnership Trust and by people in Devon with personal experience of suicide.

We have launched two new versions of the letter; Letter for Tomorrow for young people written by young people, and Hope Letter, an Easy Read version for people with learning disabilities. To find out more please click here. Or get in touch with us if you would like to order physical copies.

Join our aDoddle Community Map!

We are partners with the wonderful folk at aDoddle. They are working with you and your community to make it as easy for everyone to find help and support locally as it is to find a hotel or restaurant on Google Maps.

By Mapping UK Charities, Community Projects, Groups & Organisations together we are creating a national resource for use at a local level. It’s free to create a profile on aDoddle, and this can hold all sorts of information, making it great for small groups who can’t afford a website.

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 community. Send an email (hello@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.