Update: 05 October 2011
we are looking forward to seeing you all at Exeter Castle this Thursday and Friday
You can download a copy of the programme here
Update: 14th September 2011 - This event is now sold out, however if you would like to apply to go on the waiting list please apply through the "other" category.
To explore and celebrate the world of Recovery in mental health, Devon Recovery Research and Innovations Group, in collaboration with Recovery Devon and Rethink, are holding an Autumn Festival of Recovery. This event, which will be held on October 6th and 7th 2011 in the beautiful surroundings of Exeter Castle, will be an expression of all the innovative, creative and hopeful approaches that people take to Recovery in mental health.
Contributors will include a range of people from different backgrounds including those who provide and who use services. There will be artists, musicians, academics, care providers, metal health practitioners, people in recovery, carers and supporters. There will be presentations as well as lots of things to get involved with.
Our aim is to have participants with diverse experiences of Recovery and aim to encourage this by allocating places to a good mix of people across the geographical area. We want this to be an event where those who are already familiar with mental health issues can learn from each others experiences of living with and managing mental health challenges. For those who are unfamiliar we hope it will be a place for discovery of tools and life skills for Mental Wellbeing. The aim is to have an informative and energetic two days which reflect the great creativity and thought that goes into people's personal Recovery journeys.
This two-day event, will be an expression of the innovative, creative and hopeful approaches that people take to Recovery in mental health. The event will be a mixture of presentations, workshops and invitations to new experiences, as well as time to talk and relax. There will be artists, musicians, and outdoor experience experts, together with talks from care providers, people with lived experience of recovery, carers and academics. We welcome your application to this exciting event.
THURSDAY 6th OCTOBER 2011
Liz Davenport: Welcoming participants to the festival
Julie Repper: Recovery Education
Elaine Hewis: One Life
Susanne Druce: Criminal Justice Trainer at Devon and
Cornwall Constabulary & a person in recovery
Tom Bromich: A Working Contribution to Recovery
Malcolm Learmouth: Arts and mental health
Edwina Huggett: The Best Me
Reni Brown: Self-management and the value of WRAP
Art workshop with Malcolm Learmouth
Learning about Tea and Talk
Outside events: Wild Things in the Community will provide
outdoor experiences, including learning to ride a Segway and a demonstration of Falconry.
FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER 2011
Imogen Edison: Letter from Australia – Recovery in Australia
Linden & Geof Lynn: Working Towards Wellness – “The Walk of Life”
Elina Baker: Working with personal experience perspectives in
support of recovery
Ruth Chandler: Recovery orientated research
Dorset Recovery Foundation: What’s possible in an organizational
Michelle McNarry: Psychosis stories - film and debate
Outside events: Wild Things in the Community will provide an
environmental art workshop and invite you to walk a Llama!
Throughout the two days there will be an art exhibition as well as stalls and information from helpful organizations. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided and there will be a café space providing refreshments, offering plenty of space for people to meet and talk.
Pastoral care will be available.
This is a two-day event for a reason. We want to create a community around the sessions being held, for people to have the time to get to know each other so as to make the most of each other’s experiences. We recognize, however, that it may be difficult for some to commit to two days, and are therefore making a limited number of one-day places available. This can be noted on the registration form (see below).
Closing date for applications is 19th September 2011. You will be notified by email by 22nd
September if you have been allocated a place at the event.