On Wednesday 14 November 2018, I enthusiastically attended Recovery Focus’ National Working Together Forum titled ‘My Health, My Happiness.’
The event began with a very sincere and stimulating welcome and introduction from Rachel Perkins, Chair of the Working Together Committee, who discussed the significant step forward in making the Working Together Committee a formal sub-committee of the Board, confirming everything they do is driven by what the people they support and value the most.
This was followed by an enjoyable and interactive icebreaker quiz and an opportunity to submit a nomination for the Richmond Fellowship ENRICH Awards 2019, their achievement awards, with a celebration ceremony being held in March 2019.
We were then extremely motivated and enthused by two brilliant recovery stories, which became the topic of awareness during a coffee break.
I choose to attend the morning workshop titled ‘Great Days Always – Physical Wellness Plans’, where I was encouraged to hear of Aimee’s personal journey in her recovery and gain some valuable tips to help experience ‘great day always’.
Following a delicious lunch, there was no time for an afternoon slump as we were treated to ‘Boogie with Tubsy’, who played his Dhol drum and had us all dancing.
Next, we were all equally excited by the Big White Wall presentation, a marvellous opportunity for staff and people using Recovery Focus’ partner services to join an online mental health community offering useful tools, guided support and free online courses. You can find out more about Big White Wall here.
Another workshop in the afternoon titled ‘Good Food, Good Mood, left us yet again driven and inspired to become more knowledgeable in how we can take good care of our wellbeing by making better choices in the foods that we eat, which have a definite impact on better moods.
The event closed with a round of well deserved certificates being presented to people we support and volunteers who had helped to facilitate a truly stimulating event.
Former Service User and Volunteer
Richmond Fellowship Leicestershire Life Links