The cost to build the website has been met via two short term grants. The functional development of the site has been carried out by a small group of enthusiastic individuals on their own journey of recovery who wanted to give something back to the community.
The need for this website came out of our own personal experiences of searching for peer led, community based support on the internet in our time of need. When we searched, we got the same results time and time again. Web searches are dominated by the large third sector organisations, statutory providers, national helplines and profit-making rehabs.
So, we decided to develop a free website for peer led organisations who provide a place to meet, have a coffee, to get involved in activities and connect to mutual aid.
The result is Recovery Places!
We have started the ball rolling by adding some of the recovery places we know about to show how it works. We invite you to claim your free listing or simply add your own place and literally put yourselves on the map.
The recovery places website was developed for you. Our vision is for the peer led organisations to form a small committee to take over the running and policing of the site. However, we have some guiding principles.
‘Peer led organisations are grass roots, localised movements started by passionate individuals who have come together and organised themselves to meet a particular need. They are based on a system of mutuality and reciprocity that builds social capital. Peer led organisations are founded on the key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful to an individual or a community. It is not necessarily based on psychiatric models, diagnostic criteria or commissioned service outcomes.
It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through shared experience of emotional and psychological pain’.