Cosmic

A survival guide for parents

A survival guide for parents

Our families are an integral part of the recovery journey. Parenting has never been more challenging. The pandemic has forced our children to adapt rapidly to the circumstances: home-schooling, losing contact with friends, peers and extended family, long days indoors,...

Lee

Lee

Lee is one of our lived-experience online connectors. He has been volunteering for Together Drug and Alcohol Services for several months and recently he has been generously giving his time, ideas and enthusiasm to the Plug In Devon project. This is his story My first...

Can you tell if someone is struggling?

Can you tell if someone is struggling?

The BBC website is offering an excellent tool to check if we would be able to spot the signs on depression or anxiety in someone else. The two scenarios will guide you step by step, asking you how you would respond to a friend or a colleague not being their usual...

The healing power of nature

The healing power of nature

“When you look outside on a sunny day you can see that the world is a beautiful place. Before, my eyes weren’t open to that.” Flourish in Nature is a project that is led by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services and funded by Sport England. It focuses on people in recovery...

Step into Nature

Step into Nature

Mental Health Awareness week is approaching and this year we are focussing on Nature! As the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation explains, "Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental...

Activities at Haldon Forest

Activities at Haldon Forest

Fancy a challenge this spring? Are you itching to get more time outdoors after so many months of restrictions and national lockdowns? Partnering with Active Devon’s Connecting Actively with Nature (C.A.N), Haldon Forest Park is offering free activity classes for...

Meaningful May

Meaningful May

We love the new Action for Happiness calendar. This month the actions on the calendar are all about finding purpose, meaning, and being connected to something bigger than ourselves. Fancy taking on a challenge? Download the calendar!

Recovery Devon and WriteWell

Recovery Devon and WriteWell

Our friends at Recovery Devon have started an exciting new partnership. Have you always wondered whether writing could help you de-stress and boost your positivity? Or are you already a dedicated diarist and poet? Whether you’ve never picked up a pen, or can’t travel...

BCHA

BCHA

Many of BCHA’s clients have challenging and highly traumatic histories, ranging from domestic abuse and mental health issues to alcohol dependency and substance misuse. A number will be ex-offenders. Sometimes forming relationships can be challenging as their ability...

Sophie

Sophie

I was heroin addict for 20 years, I’ve been with together as long as they’ve been in my area under different companies, nearly 10 years getting support. I went to them because I was on methadone script and having my appointments there. They helped me to get funding...

Vanessa

Vanessa

Vanessa*, who was referred to us by a Social Prescriber during lockdown, has been a very complex case, with lots of issues and complex needs, including health and emotional issues, She has anxiety as part of her condition, and so was very scared of catching...