News and Views

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

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Getting this far – Adam Valentine

Adam Valentine

Adam began to notice signs that he was living with mental health problems in his late teens.

After struggling to find meaningful employment Adam was referred to the Blackpool Employment service and Craig Wilson.

Turning his passion for football and writing into work, Adam now volunteers with the media team at football club AFC Fylde and is completing a diploma in journalism:

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Our reaction to the OPSN report

Recovery Focus reacts today to the release of the Open Public Services Network (OPSN) report which states that mental health early deaths are ‘worrying in one in four areas’ of the country.

Derek Caren, Recovery Focus group chief executive said: “Today’s report from the OPSN highlights the unacceptable postcode lottery people who experience mental health problems face in this country.

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Our reaction to the King’s Fund report

Recovery Focus reacts to today’s King’s Fund report which shows the negative impact squeezes on mental health services are having on patient care.

Derek Caren, Recovery Focus group chief executive, said: “The King’s Fund report shows the negative impact cuts to mental health funding are having on people’s lives.

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Recovery Focus speak at national conference


Recovery Focus is to help examine the way ahead for UK mental health policy at the GovKnow conference mental health conference today (Thursday 12 November)

Derek Caren, Recovery Focus group chief executive, will be addressing conference delegates and sharing information on our crisis model and our successful place of safety scheme held in conjunction with the Home Office.

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Mental health cafe scoops NHS award

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A charity run café which aims to tackle mental health stigma in Blackpool has won a prestigious NHS award barely ten months since its doors opened.

Sparky’s, the pioneering social café run by our partner organisation Richmond Fellowship, took top prize for the NHS in the North West Excellence in Supply Awards 2015.

The award comes thanks to Sparky’s work in tackling mental health stigma and providing opportunities for people living with mental health problems to gain the confidence and skills to return to work through volunteering and apprenticeships.

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Recovery Focus recruiting new Group Chair

Recovery Focus is looking for an outstanding Group Chair to provide clear strategic leadership at this pivotal time for our new group.

Recovery Focus is a new national group of charities providing a range of mental health and substance misuse support services across England. Our growth has been iterative and collaborative, and is ongoing, with a vision to create a group of like-minded organisations who  add value to each other and to  the people who use our services.

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Welcome to Recovery Focus

Recovery-Focus-logoToday we launch Recovery Focus, the new name for our expert group of charities inspiring individual recovery nationwide.

Our new national group of charities is bringing together organisations with strong individual services, innovative approaches, flexible local presence and a wide range of expertise from around England. Between us we’ve a track record of more than 200 years of developing and running personalised services that work with people with mental health, substance misuse and other complex needs to achieve their ambitions.

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