July 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?

It’s a busy time for us at Recovery Devon.

We will soon be shortlisting applications for our popular Community Development Fund and we can’t wait to be able to further assist in helping people finance vital recovery related projects in the local community.

In addition our board members are working on some exciting projects. Marie Ash, one of our Board members is currently working on The Culture of Care for the NHS Englandโ€™s Quality Transformation Programme. Central to this program is ensuring the voice of lived and living experience is heard and this is an introduction to the programme from Marie:

“The aim of the programme is to improve the culture of care in inpatient mental health, learning disability and autism wards for patients and staff so that they are safe, therapeutic and equitable places to be cared for, and fulfilling places to work.

We will use Quality Improvement methodology which will include a Trauma informed, Autism informed and Anti-Racism approach. There is more information on the other sheets”.

The voice of lived and living experience is central to this work, If you are or have recently been an inpatient and would like to help with this work, Please contact either:

Marie Ash: marie.ash@nhs.net

Sami Goulding: sami@recoverydevon.co.uk

We are also holding our second Mental Health Recovery Community Morning, this time in North Devon!

Please join us at Barnstaple Library on the 10th July 10 am-12:30 pm for a moment of reflection and recovery.

It will be a morning of three parts: grieving the past, becoming present, and choosing the future. We will hold an open meeting that offers a space for people to connect with each other and explore possibilities for mental health recovery in the community moving forward.

Please come as you are. We offer a non-judgmental meeting that is flexible to explore current challenges while also looking ahead with the question, โ€˜What can we do?โ€™

We will have a range of creative activities and discussion points, as well as tea, coffee, and biscuits!

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Please book a free ticket through the Eventbrite link below:

We continue our monthly drop ins at St Sidwell’s Community Centre – on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00am to 12.30pm. During our last drop in a lovely gentleman stopped by to show us how he uses drawings to keep himself calm in the midst of some challenging storms he is currently experiencing,

Finally a big shout out to Sami, currently working as sole Managing Director for Recovery Devon. You are doing such a great job co-ordinating everything and everyone Sami and I hope I (Steve) speak for the team in wishing that you can carry on with this position for a long time.

Upcoming podcast

We are pleased to have recently confirmed the guests for our latest Podcast. Recovery Devon will be speaking to Julie and Sean from Chronic Pain Coaching CIC about the incredible work they are doing with their cafe’s in South Devon. We are recording the podcast on 8th July and hope to get the podcast published soon after.

Here is another chance to listen to our previous podcast with Tiffany Markwick from Devon & Cornwall Directory. Please E-mail Tiffany Markwick if you would like to receive a copy of her extensive directory of wellbeing services covering the whole of Devon and Cornwall.

E-mail: Devonandcornwalldirectory@hotmail.com๎„•๎„—๎ƒฃ

And please subscribe to our Youtube channel for upcoming podcasts.

What’s happening in the community in July

Mid Devon & East Devon

Nominations are now open in the third Active Devon Volunteer Awards, celebrating the brilliant work of unpaid volunteers in their community who support others to be more physically active across Devon. Find out more and nominate someone today https://activedevon.org/volunteer-awards/

The Nest is an Exeter based social enterprise by and for women and people who menstruate. Services focus on the major life transitions of menstruation, pregnancy, birth and menopause by providing social, emotional and informational support.

For more information and to book courses visit their website https://thenestsw.org/

Join Sami on the first Tuesday of every month at St Sidwells Community Centre, Exeter 10am-12.30pm. (This months is a slightly different date of the 9th July)

Together offer vital services to assist people in recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. All activities listed here are open to the general public.

For more information and points of contact, please go to their website here https://www.edp.org.uk/together/

Part of Together. Magdalen House, Grendon Road, Exeter EX1 2NJ

Freemovement happens in multiple locations every week.

For further information see https://freemoovement.wordpress.com/


At ANDYSMANCLUB, we want to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and create a judgment-free, confidential space where men can be open about the storms in their lives. We aim to achieve this through weekly, free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups for men aged over 18.

Several locations across Mid Devon, East Devon and South Devon.

Search here for your nearest group and for more information.


These are the locations I could find by searching on And’s Man Club website link below.

If any more locations are known, please let us know.


North Devon – What’s happening in the community

Please click here for more information on Recovery Devon’s Mental Health community day at Barnstaple Library on Wednesday 10th July.


For further activities from a range of wellbeing organisations see the below leaflets.

More great activities for North Devon from Together. See their website https://www.edp.org.uk/together/ for more details and contact telephone numbers.

Please download the leaflet in PDF format

Good morning all

From North Devon Art and Mind

Many of you know that we have been putting together a community art exhibition presented by Studio Kind in the Corn Store in Barnstaple. This exhibition is now open! It has been designed to celebrate the community art and craft groups that support wellbeing, and to give amateur artists the chance to exhibit work. We have contributors from across Northern Devon; individual pieces of art, community group collaborations and art from patients on wards in hospital.

Throughout the exhibition we are running a number of public workshops, Q&As and a chance to chat all things mental wellbeing with members of the Devon Mind team โ€“ please do encourage anyone who may be interested to stop by and catch up with us.

The exhibition is open through the following times:

Wednesday โ€“ Saturday, 12pm โ€“ 5pm until Saturday 6th July.

During the third week of the exhibition, 3rd โ€“ 6th July, we have hired space in the Pannier Market and have invited community groups to take a table and join us, along with a range of activities and a public art installation that we will create together! Itโ€™s a shameless plug, but please do share this far and wide, and come along and be part of this family-friendly creation! For more information, and stories behind the pieces of art in the exhibition, check out our exhibition website:


South Devon – What’s happening in the community

This is an open and accessible session, bookings can be made through eventbrite and please pay what you can. 
The link for the July event is here: 

Any questions please E-mail karateinthecommunity@gmail.com

Please E-mail julie@thepaincoach.co.uk for further details


From Plymouth Mental Health Recovery & Empowerment Group events page.

Plymouth Mental Health Recovery and Empowerment Group (Plymouth REG) is on a mission to inspire, empower and educate anyone in Plymouth who wants to improve their wellbeing and also anyone who has an interest in learning about mental health.

Plymouth Mental Health Recovery and Empowerment Group (Plymouth REG) is on a mission to inspire, empower and educate anyone in Plymouth who wants to improve their wellbeing and also anyone who has an interest in learning about mental health.

For more details and to book a place please visit their website:

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. Itโ€™s free to create a profile on aDoddle, and this can hold all sorts of information, making it great for small groups who canโ€™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.