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

Coproduction – Andrew’s story

Andrew began working for Richmond Fellowship in 2011. As a Recovery Worker he supports people using our services across Durham.

He talks about how the service’s allotment is helping people to learn new skills, develop relationships and engage with nature. He also discusses how the allotment is a shining example of co-production: Read more

Coproduction – Simon’s story

Simon uses Richmond Fellowship services. As a man living with a disability, mental health problems and a history of addiction he knew he had a range of experiences to bring to help other people and wanted an opportunity to do so. Our coproduction group offered that.

I am an older service user with a disability and have had mental health problems for most of my life. I’ve also battled with addiction and social isolation.

When I began to use Richmond Fellowship’s services I learned about their coproduction and was encouraged to get involved. As a group we look at the structure of the service, how we do things and what we can do to improve the service and support more people.

Through the group I was able to attend a conference in Birmingham for other service users. I thought I’d be the only disabled person there, but it was refreshing to meet other people with a range of disabilities both visual and hidden.

I live alone and struggle with social isolation. It’s really helpful for me to be part of this group as I don’t see or speak to many people.

The staff team are very good at making us feel wanted and needed and that our ideas and input matter.

In the past I did volunteering with other charities and I got walked over and treated badly. It’s not like that here; I don’t get discriminated against, shouted out or not listened to. Here I feel valued and that my ideas are worthwhile and that the team actually listen to me. It’s a really nice feeling.

Everyone needs to find a place where they’re happy and I get that with Richmond Fellowship.

New film tackles mental health stigma

A new film giving insight into the reality of living with depression was premiered today as part of the Working Together forum from national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship.

Day by day was created by people using services from Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus the national group of mental health and substance use charities, and supported by Blue Hippo Media. Read more