Visible recovery communities have become a mainstay of the Scottish recovery landscape over the last ten years. Recovery communities offer recovery support, meaningful activities, socialisation opportunities and health and wellbeing activities as well as many other leisure and personal development opportunities for their participants and volunteers.
SRC’s role is to Support the creation and development of these organisations across the country and to allow already existing LERO’s or recovery communities to develop further. Our approach in this work is founded on asset-based community development (recognising the expertise, talent, knowledge and competency of people and local communities) and is designed to recognise and value local efficacy by working together to develop this further.
Our recovery development team of SRC staff members will work to achieve this by capacity building with local people and organisations on specific projects or development plans whilst also providing development support through the delivery of our Recovery Development Training Programme (you can find details of this training programme in SRC’s Recovery Development Prospectus on our website). This training programme can be viewed by individuals as a personal recovery development plan and by commissioners and LERO’s as a blueprint to create and build a recovery community. Every part of the programme is designed with a Training 4 Trainers package to ensure that any learning can continue after it has been delivered within a local area or community and can continue to be delivered to fellow volunteers or members, with the ongoing support of SRC.
The goal over the next three years is to ensure that every part of Scotland has recovery communities and LERO’s instantly recognisable to local people and instantly accessible to them and SRC will work with local Recoverists to achieve this.