Blog: Grazina Berry on how coproduction inspires recovery

Grazina-Berry-executive-director-of-performance,-quality-and-innovationAs National Co-Production Week draws to a close, Grazina Berry, Group Director of Performance, Quality & Innovation at Recovery Focus, gives her thoughts on co-production and what it means for inspiring individual recovery.

Our Working Together Strategy is all about people. So often we hear about commitments to co-production and listening to the voices of the people we support, but here at Recovery Focus I’m proud to say we actually do it. Read more

Inspiring Individuals launched

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As part of World Mental Health Day, Recovery Focus today (10 October) launches a new campaign to celebrate the inspiring individuals who’re making a difference every day across our work.

Whether it’s a member of staff who goes the extra mile to support someone on their recovery journey or someone achieving one of their goals inspiring their recovery worker in their own life, people are making a difference.

And we want to celebrate these individuals by sharing their inspiring stories more widely. It could be a member of staff, someone using our services, their wider support network or a volunteer, there’s a whole range of people making a positive contribution to our recovery mission.

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Minister backs project to help young people into work

evolve-minister-visit-2Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, visited the launch of an innovative, new community project in Birmingham today (4 Oct) aimed at improving the life chances of vulnerable young people.

EVOLVE is a social enterprise being set up by local substance use support charity Aquarius, one of the Recovery Focus partners. The plan is to transform the famous, old Adam and Eve pub in Digbeth into a community hub to create positive opportunities for local young people affected by drugs, alcohol, mental health and/or homelessness issues.

After meeting with members of the project team during his visit today, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP said: “This is a big step for Aquarius and it’s a brave step. But it’s the beginning of a new life and new opportunities for the young people who’ll be supported by this exciting venture. I’m really heartened to hear how Aquarius is exploring new markets and new opportunities, and that they’ve the vision to realise their ambition.”

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It’s okay to talk about suicide

okay to talkRecovery Focus, as a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA), is teaming up with Andy’s Man Clubs to encourage men to reach out for help and support when life feels overwhelming.

In the run-up to World Suicide Prevention Day, (Sept 10), we are one of 70 organisations in England who are joining together in a big national unified push to reduce deaths by suicide, by telling men that ‘it’s okay to talk’. Read more

Charity film tackles Cannabis

A new film exploring Cannabis and young people has been produced by a Northamptonshire based charity to help raise awareness.

CAN, part of Recovery Focus, has teamed up with Birmingham based Urban Head to produce the short video to highlight the potential harms of drugs and the impact they can have on young people.

Ali Mills, service manager of Ngagae, the young people’s team at CAN, said:

“The aim of our film is to raise awareness about Cannabis and the issues it creates for young people.

“Lots of young people know drug users, but feel it is recreational despite seeing the impact it can have on people.”

The film focuses on a young couples relationship and recreational use of Cannabis. The film offers a realistic view of the addictive nature of Cannabis as we see recreational use develop into addiction.

The film is available on YouTube and can be viewed here:

Young people who access the Ngage service played a key role in producing the film from scriptwriting to editing gaining hands on experience of film production.

Recovery Focus present at NSPA Conference

Recovery Focus is to present a workshop at the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) Conference entitled, ‘how the voluntary sector collaborates to help people get the right help in a crisis’ today (Tuesday 2 February).
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Grazina Berry, Recovery Focus group director of performance, quality and innovation, and Christine Laurence, Locality Manger for Leicestershire, will be addressing conference delegates and sharing information on our crisis model and our successful place of safety scheme held in conjunction with the Home Office.

We will also be sharing the stories of Harry and Sarah who both accessed our crisis house in Leicestershire when facing a mental health crisis as an alternative to hospitalisation.

Grazina Berry said: “We’re very proud to be presenting at the NSPA conference on the work we do around helping people to get the right help in a crisis” Read more