We're all in the same boat on a stormy sea and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.
GK Chesterton

Recovery Devon warmly invites you to our next Open Meeting on Monday November 30th from 2:30-5:30pm at Exeter City Football Club.

We will be joined by Dr Rani Bora who will share with us the importance of light-heartedness to recovery and wellbeing and introduce a short session of laughter yoga.

We will also be promoting our brand new Recovery Development Fund and sharing news and views on recovery activity from Devon and beyond.

All are welcome, there's no need to book and there will be biscuits!

Any questions please feel free to get in touch.

Best wishes,


Exeter University are holding a study into enjoying activities while managing depression

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect positive activities have on mood. It aims to investigate if different thinking styles enhance mood during and after the experience. Specifically this study looks at ways to increase pleasure experience in people who experience low mood.

Who is eligible to participate?

The university are looking for people who are suffering from low mood and/or struggling to enjoy every day positive activities. Participants must be 18 years or over and speak fluent English.

Those completing the study will receive £15.

Full details including contact information can be found in this PDF.

Due to being unable to attend, Mary is offering her reserved space at the PCCS conference in Nottingham next week. The organisers are happy for someone to go in her place.

The conference spot itself would be free but obviously getting to Nottingham for an early start would be down to the individual. All someone who wanted to go need do is contact Di and let her know (see below).


17th November 2015, 10.00 am – 4.45 pm

The case for demedicalising mental health services is well rehearsed. The research has been done, the conferences have been held and the intellectual argument all but won. Yet on a day-to-day basis services continue to operate within the medicalised status quo. One of the aims of this conference will be to look at how we can implement realistic, practical changes in our mental health practice, education and lives, in order to continue the progression from rhetoric to reality.

Full details including who to contact in this PDF.

rddf-logoRecovery Devon are both delighted and excited to announce our new

Development Fund.

The development fund will offer financial support to individuals or organisations for projects, events or research based around Recovery.

If you have a great idea which can help your local club or community, an artistic project, or an activity which meets a genuine need, then we want to hear from you.

Your idea will need to have its roots in Recovery and the projects must take place between March and August 2016.

How much can we get?

We have a small pot of money which we will use to support a number of projects in Devon. Depending upon the project we will provide up to £750 to help make it happen.

What kind of projects?

They can be almost anything - we encourage you to be creative. As long as you can show a clear benefit to your project for a wider group then we are interested. 

Some random examples would be an art exhibition, music workshop, support publishing a book, starting a website or doing some research into mental health. The Fund can also help as part of a larger community project.

How do we apply?

We want the Recovery Development Fund to help people who may have trouble applying for traditional funding, which can be a long and daunting process.

To make your first application all you need to do is provide NO MORE than one A4 side giving an outline of your project and how it might benefit people.

We will ask for more details later, but these will also be clear and simple questions. We want to make it easy to apply but we also need to be sure the project is well thought out and likely to succeed.

Projects will be showcased in an event towards the end of 2016 and we hope everyone will provide photos and be present at the event to make it a real celebration.

Full details of how to apply can be found in this attached Word document or in this PDF

You can send applications via email or contact us with questions here:

Phone: 07824 161192

Email: recoverydevon(at)gmail.com

If you have a small project you've been longing to make a reality, get in touch. This could be just the beginning of something wonderful!

DRLC Library has resources about mental health, recovery and well-being to inspire, give hope and information to those with mental health issues, their supporters and professionals.

It's open every Wednesday afternoon from 1 - 3pm at The Old Chapel, St Sidwell’s Community Centre Sidwell Street, Exeter EX4 6NN

For further information:

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

call: 01392 677067

or write to: Recovery Library DRLC c/o New Leaf, Farmhouse Rise, Exminster, EX6 8AB

See their poster for more info