Appeal for recovery volunteers

One of the Recovery Focus partners is looking for more volunteers to help support its work with people recovering from drug or alcohol problems in Derby.

Aquarius launched the new Derby Recovery Service in April this year, working alongside the Derby Drug and Alcohol Service with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Phoenix Futures to support people whose lives have been impacted by substance use. The service provides a range of activities including support groups, arts and crafts, music, relaxation, and social gatherings as well as one-to-one support. In its first six months it’s helped 168 people on their recovery journey.

Volunteers play a key part in the service by helping to run groups and provide one-to-one support. Aquarius is keen for more volunteers to come forward so it can support even more people. It’s staging a volunteers open day on 24 October so people can find out more about how to get involved.

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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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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

Recovery Focus responds to BBC report

Recovery Focus reacts to the BBC News and Community Magazine investigation into mental health patients in England travelling hundreds of miles because of a lack of local hospital beds.

Through a Freedom of Information request the BBC found that nearly 5,500 mental health patients had to travel out of their area last year because of a lack of local hospital beds,  a 13% rise on the previous year’s figure. Read more

Recovery Focus present at ImROC Conference

Riuer7MCT_400x400ecovery Focus is to present at the annual Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) Conference.

Grazina Berry, Recovery Focus group director of performance, quality and innovation, will be addressing conference delegates and sharing information on our recovery models and engaging with delegates throughout the day. Read more

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

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Responding to today’s ‘Five Year Foward View for Mental Health’ report Recovery Focus Chief Executive Derek Caren had this to say:

“Today Recovery Focus welcomes the Mental Health Taskforce’s report and recommendations. We are particularly pleased to see people who use services at the heart of the recommendation to design and deliver new and innovative mental health services through co-production. Read more

Annual review focuses on our recovery successes

Our annual review for 2015 is out now and focuses on the innovative services we provide.

The publication, which also summarises our annual accounts, reflects on our new, national group of charities, Recovery Focus, and our ambition to become national experts in mental health and substance use support.

We launched Recovery Focus in October 2015 as a way to describe our new group which brings together charities Richmond Fellowship, 2Care, Aquarius, Croflands Trust, CAN, and My Time.

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Recovery Focus responds to Lord Crisp Report

Today Recovery Focus responds to the Commission headed by Lord Crisp on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care report on ways to improve acute psychiatric care for adults in England.

Derek Caren, Chief Executive of Recovery Focus, said in response:

“We agree with the reports findings that access to acute care for severely ill adult mental health patients is inadequate nationally. We feel there needs to be further investment to back community schemes like our crisis houses that can enable people to be supported locally.” Read more