Recovery Focus shares its commitment to co-production

Recovery Focus, the national group of charities with the shared aim to inspire individual recovery, is highlighting its Working Together strategy as part of Co-production week.

The national awareness week highlights the work of organisations actively supporting people using their services to have equal say in the support they receive and a forum to share their skills, experiences and ideas.

Recovery Focus, and its partner organisations Richmond Fellowship and Aquarius, place co-production at the heart their values and see it as an integral element of the services they provide as Group Chief Executive Derek Caren explains:

“Co-production is a key ethos of Recovery Focus and the support we provide. We strongly believe that the unique skills and experiences of people using our services are vital in helping us developing our offer in order to best serve those we support.

“I’m always inspired to hear of the fantastic work that happens in our services around the country and the success stories of people who have embraced co-production to play a key role in how their service operates.

“At Recovery Focus, co-production isn’t just a concept; it’s a value that’s engrained in all aspects of our organisation to the point where people using our services sit on our Board meetings and play an active role in recruitment from Recovery Workers right through to our Chair Person.”

Recovery Focus has developed a Working Together Charter outlining its commitment to co-production across four key areas: at an individual level, at an organisational level, in local services and at a societal level.

Diane Thompson formerly used Richmond Fellowship services. She now volunteers for the organisation and helps drives co-production work across Durham and the North East. She said:

“Co-production helped give me the confidence to move forward in my recovery. By listening to the ideas of people using services and giving them respect it helps people play an active role in their recovery.

“Instead of us telling people how to go about their recovery, co-production enables people to play a part in their own journey and this helps people gain confidence, self worth and value. It helped me a lot in my own recovery.”

Gail McGee, Team Leader and co-production lead in Durham, shared some of the projects their service were doing around co-production, and the positive benefit this had had on people using the service:

“Our co-production group meets every month to discuss how the service is run and how we can better improve the way we provide support.

“One of the key things we’ve done is invited members of the co-production group to sit on our team meetings. This has been a revelation as people using the services have the opportunity to see how things work behind the scenes and have been able to give perspectives or share ideas that we’d have never thought of. Ultimately this improves the service we’re able to provide.”

Recovery Focus supports co-production in all its services across the country. To find out more about our Working Together Charter and national approach to co-production click here

To find out more about co-production at services in your area, contact: communications@richmondfellowship.org.uk