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!

What have we been up to?


We’ve been hard at work organising a variety of events and activities for this month.

May promises to be a bustling time of community connection and attentive listening. Two significant events are on the horizon: the Mental Health Awareness Fair on May 17th at Exeter Library, and our Recovery Community Day on May 22nd at Newton Community Association in Belmont Park.

In addition to these opportunities for reconnection, we’re thrilled to announce that our Community Development Fund will open for applications on May 20th. If you have a project, group, or recovery-focused idea in need of funding, this is certainly exciting news for you!

St Sidwell’s Community Drop Ins

Come and join us on the first Tuesday of every month at St Sidwells Community Cafe in Exeter.

Our Community Development Worker Sami will be there if you want to drop in for a chat between 10am-12.30pm.

Sami will also have our free resources with her, including Letter of Hope, Letter for Tomorrow and all of our Storm Books.

Community Development Fund 2024

We will soon be open to accepting applications for our Community Development Fund!

Open for applications – May 20th 2024

Deadline for applications – June 21st 2024 9am

The Community Development Fund is able to fund up to £750 for each project or idea, these can be in areas across Devon.

If you have an idea for a recovery themed project/group and would like to chat to a member of the team about the application process, please email sami@recoverydevon.co.uk

Mental Health Awareness Fair – May 2024

We are delighted to announce that our Mental Health Awareness Fair will be held on the 17th May 9am-2pm at Exeter Library.

This year, we’re partnering with a variety of organisations who will be hosting stands on the day, we are also offering several opportunities for participation. The first is with Magic Carpet;

Magic Carpet will be offering an opportunity to explore artmaking and creativity as a tool for promoting positive mental health. Guided by an art practitioner, participants can use collage or pastels as an example of just 2 of the ways that we can be creative in order to support our wellbeing. There will be examples, inspiration and support to help you on your way. There is no right or wrong here, just come along and get stuck in. ‘

If you are interested in getting involved just turn up, no need to book!

We also have Jackie from New Dawn offering a taster session for Chakra Dancing at 11.30am;

‘In this short session we’ll move to music which resonates with our root chakra, the first of the 7 main energy centres.  This chakra is responsible for our grounding, our sense of belonging and the fight or flight response. 

The music is earthy with lots of tribal drumming encouraging our feet to pound the ground as we feel our connection to the Earth.’


Mental Health Recovery Community Day

We would also like to invite people to join us at Newtown Community Association on the 22nd May 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 nonjudgmental meeting that is flexible to explore current challenges while also looking ahead with the question, ‘What can we do?’ We will have a range of creative activities and discussion points, as well as tea, coffee, and biscuits!

You are welcome to join in as much or as little as you like.

Please book through the Eventbrite link below or email Sami@recoverydevon.co.uk


Podcast

We also have a new podcast series starting in partnership with Steve from Well Raver!

Our debut episode kicks off our collaborative series titled ‘Podcast of Hope.’

In this debut installment, Steve engages in a compelling interview with Tiffany from the D&C Directory. Together, they delve into Tiffany’s personal journey of recovery, discussing the crucial factors that have supported her progress and offering practical insights for our audience. It’s an incredibly uplifting experience!

You can listen on Itunes, Spotify or on the link below via Buzzsprout: https://www.buzzsprout.com/…/14975379-podcast-of-hope…

There is also a video version on our Youtube channel!


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.