David Millard retires from Recovery Focus board

Recovery Focus would like to thank Board member David Millard for his long service to Aquarius and the Recovery Focus Group Board as he takes retirement.

After an initial degree in English and Philosophy, David worked for the Probation Service between 1963 and 1997. He worked initially in Staffordshire and latterly in the West Midlands, picking up an MA in criminology from Keele University on the way.

His many years of experience included practice, staff supervision, training, and management. In the last years of his probation experience he was particularly involved with homelessness issues in the Birmingham area. Read more

Recovery Focus appoints Director of Digital Transformation

Recovery Focus is proud to announce Trevor Moore as Group Director of Digital Transformation.

The national group of charities (which includes Richmond Fellowship, Aquarius and My Time) has the ambition to bring their services into the digital age, utilising technology to better support people.

Trevor joins Recovery Focus from Qatar University where he oversaw the project to digitalise the entire university.

A Finalist for Middle East CIO Award Computer News Arabia, Trevor transformed the university from white boards and paper to a digitally immersive organisation utilising everything from an online library and database so students could access materials 24/7 to augmented reality to support safety campaigns and help save lives.

His work brought about huge savings at the university and delivered real change in efficiency and productivity.

Trevor returned to the UK for his family and sought to give something back with a role in the charity sector. He said:

“My role is to look at Recovery Focus and see what we can make digital. Technology will help make us more efficient and enable us to invest more time and money into supporting people through our services.

“In the short term we’ll address our back office functions and see how digitalising our processes can save time and money as well as making our operation environmentally friendly.”

However, Trevor has exciting plans for the role of technology in supporting people with mental health and substance use problems as well as the victims of domestic violence, as he explains:

“Technology plays an increasingly important role in the health and social care sector. Other organisations are seeing the benefits of incorporating digital methods into service provision. That can be anything to an employment consultation by video chat to revolutionary apps that monitor wellbeing and open the door to instant advice and support.

“There are fantastic innovations occurring with wearable technology that is able to monitor alcohol levels in sweat to better support people living with substance use problems.”

We’ll have more information about our digital transformation projects soon.

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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Leading MP praises mental health service

Box Tree Farm exterior - compressedA leading MP has praised a Leicestershire service for providing a “massively valuable resource” for people living with mental health problems.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat health spokesman and Member of Parliament for North Norfolk, visited the Leicestershire Crisis House which is operated by national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus. Read more

Recovery Focus announce research link with Birmingham City University

Recovery Focus is excited to announce a formal link up between ourselves and Birmingham City University. Recovery focus and Birmingham City University have enjoyed a positive working relationship with the Centre for Community Mental Health at the University for a number of years, through the development of a joined Research Forum, participation in projects, networks and events. This formal link up is an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the relationship, building even stronger collaborative links through a co-produced programme of activity. Read more

Jeremy Corbyn visits St George’s care home

Jeremy Corbyn cuts the ribbon

Jeremy cutting the ribbon with Chair Helen Edwards and Kate, who’s used our services

Labour Leader the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn attended an open day at Recovery Focus partner Richmond Fellowship’s St George’s Care Home today (12 May) to celebrate its £200,000 refurbishment.

Jeremy Corbyn cut the ribbon on the new look scheme which is in his North Islington constituency and provides 24hr registered care for people living with mental health problems. Read more