News and Views

Below you'll find all the latest news, views and stories from across Recovery Focus.

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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.

Annual review 2016 – Inspiring Individuals

We’re delighted to bring you our 2016 Annual Review – Inspiring Individuals.

You can read it here: Recovery Focus Annual Review 2016

Derek Caren, Group Chief Executive of Recovery Focus, said:

“This year we have brought together stories of inspiring individuals throughout the Recovery Focus group to bring to life the fantastic services our organisation provides.

“These stories serve to inspire our work everyday and I hope you’ll find them equally inspiring.”

Our annual review highlights the successes our group has had over the last year supporting people using our services.

We hope you enjoy reading our Annual Review.

You can read more inspiring individuals’ stories here

For more information about our services and the partner organisations who operate them visit:

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Aquarius

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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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.

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