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
News and Views
Below you'll find all the latest news, views and stories from across Recovery Focus.
Recovery Focus partner, Richmond Fellowship was highlighted for its commitment to good quality research in a report released today by Giving Evidence who are a consultancy and campaign organisation, promoting charitable giving based on sound evidence.
Grazina Berry, Group Director of Performance, Quality and Innovation at Recovery Focus, blogs about co-production and the steps we’ve taken to put people at the heart of our services:
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
Angela Williams, group director of people and organisation development at Recovery Focus, writes about relationships and mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Read more
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
Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister responsible for Mental Health and local Liverpool MP, got to see first hand how voluntary sector organisations like Richmond Fellowship provide much valued services.
Helen Edwards, shortly due to retire as Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General (DG) of Local Government and Public Services within the Department of Communities and Local Government, takes up her new role as Recovery Focus chair in April. She takes over from current chair Peter Corley who has come to the end of his term of office.
It’s six months since we officially launched Recovery Focus – a new partnership of mental health charities Richmond Fellowship, 2Care, My Time and Croftlands Trust with substance use charities Aquarius and CAN.
And now we’ve published ‘We’re Growing’, our three year strategy to develop our successful group further. Our goal is to double our size so we’re better positioned to support more people in more places on their recovery journeys.