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Recovery Directory

A directory of useful resources to help support an active, healthy and meaningful lifestyle. Explore a range of tools and services for developing resilience, practical skills and know-how.

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Agriculture and Horticulture

How can I learn about healthy foods and food growing projects?

  • Sustain is an alliance of many organisations working to improve the health and welfare of people and animals through better food and farming practices. This portal offers a spectrum of food-health campaigns and projects including Food and Mental Health.

Where can I find info about community farms and gardens across the UK?

Where can I connect with community gardening and environmental projects?

  • Project Dirt is an active community of people connecting their environmental projects, knowledge  and skills. Making it easy to locate horticultural activities and green networks in your area.

Where can I learn about horticulture and prepare myself for employment?

  • Trees for Cities is an independent charity for urban tree planting and greening initiatives. Offering training and qualifications in horticulture for the unemployed and people with direct experience of mental distress.

Where can I learn about designing natural and sustainable food growing systems?

  • The Permaculture Association provides information and training about the theory and practice of permaculture, an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecologies. Ideal for small home growing projects and larger community gardens.


Charity Organisations

How can I find charity organisations in my area?

  • GuideStar UK is a user-friendly search engine providing free and open access to information on all charities registered in England and Wales. Enter a location name or postcode to search for charity organizations in that area.

Where can I find a list of local charity shops?

  • Charity Retail Association allows you to search for charity shops by town or postcode. There’s also a directory of useful links to related agencies and support services.


Citizen Concerns

How can I find information about crime and policing in my area?

  • provides instant access to street-level crime maps and data, as well as details of your local policing team and beat meetings.

Where can I get tools for local government and democracy issues?

  • mySociety enables users to connect with local government and community information projects. You can use the online tools to follow your MP and contact elected representatives, join democracy clubs, make and view Freedom of Information requests, report problems in your street, and much more.

Where can I find data on poverty and social exclusion in the UK?

  • The Poverty Site monitors all aspects of poverty and social exclusion from income and work to health and education. The links section features a range of interesting data sources.

Where can I get advice about my legal rights and responsibilities?

  • Citizens Advice is a service helping people resolve problems concerning debt, benefits and tax credits, employment, housing, relationships and family.


Health Matters

How can I find mental health services in my area?

  • NHS Choices has a search tool for finding and choosing services by postcode, location or name.

Where can I learn about beneficial plants for health and well being?

  • Plant Medicine is a guide and database providing information on natural remedies.

Where can I compare health conditions and treatments with other patients?

  • CureTogether provides free tools to help you manage your health. Patients and researchers share information on hundreds of medical conditions to discover which treatments work best.
  • PatientsLikeMe allows you to share your experiences with treatments, find patients just like you, and learn from others who know.

Who provides a good source of UK focused health advice?

  • Patient UK provides good quality info for non-medical people about health and disease. It features a web directory and a wide range of information leaflets, including a category for mental health.


Helping One Another

How can I find helplines in the UK or Ireland?

  • The Helplines Association allows you to search or browse a directory of more than 1,000 helplines across the UK and Ireland.

How can I share things with people in my local community?

  • Streetbank is a site that helps you share and borrow things from your neighbours, such as skills and physical items.



Who provides support and training for single homeless people?

  • Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people, providing a range of free education, employment, housing and well-being services.

Who publishes information for and about homeless people?

  • The Big Issue is a magazine, a social business and a charity, helping homeless people to help themselves.
  • The Pavement magazine is a free monthly publication providing news and information for the UK’s rough sleepers and homeless people. It features a directory called The List which is a regularly updated directory of homeless services.


Hope and Inspiration

Where can I find ‘good news’?

  • DailyGood is a charity portal and daily newsletter promoting positive and uplifting news from around the world. See also CharityFocus
  • GOODFinder is a community tool and collection for all things inspirational, thought-provoking and potentially empowering.


Money Matters

Where can I find information about financial matters?

Where can I get advice on how to deal with debt problems?

The following resources provide FREEPHONE helplines.

  • National Debtline offers confidential advice and independent support for people with debt problems.
  • Payplan provides free debt solutions, including debt management plans and Individual Voluntary Arrangements or IVAs.


Outdoors Activities

How can I find woods that are open to the public?

  • VisitWoods has information on around 14000 woods you’re welcome to visit. You can use the search engine to find out about woods in your area, plus there’s information about activities you can do or things you may need to take on your visit. You can also upload your images of woods to share with the community.

Where can I find info about walking routes for ramblers?

  • Walking for Health lists over 600 local schemes and features a WalkFinder search tool for finding health walks in your area by entering your postcode.


People Power

How can I make a difference and effect change on the big issues facing society in the UK?

  • 38 Degrees provides simple and effective tools that allow you to join other people taking action to bring about real change on the issues that matter most. You can suggest ideas for campaigns and get feedback from other members.

How can I promote fair mental health reporting in the media?

  • WordsMatter offers a web-based system for encouraging people to praise good, and criticise poor, reporting on mental health issues. An anti-stigma tool designed to draw attention to the insensitivity and misrepresentation surrounding mental health issues.


Service User Involvement

Where can I find information about different levels of service user activity and work?


Voluntary Work

How can I find suitable voluntary work positions?

  • Do-it allows you to search a database of volunteering opportunities and apply online for work with voluntary organisations.

Who provides support and advice for volunteering?

  • TimeBank offers free help to anyone wanting to volunteer in the UK.


Work and Wellness

Where can I get help with employability and career development?

  • MSN Careers  - This USA focused careers resource offers job search advice, employability tips, and social media strategies for marketing yourself to prospective employers. Read the articles for practical advice and tips. Twitter @CareerBuilder
  • RezScore - A free web-based service that lets you upload your CV/Resume for graded analysis with advice for improvements. The blog also provides tips and news of employment trends. Twitter @RezScore
  • Work and Mental Health - An information resource for workers, employers, clinicians and carers. Informs on the key issues and provides links to more detailed guidance.


Similar ASKbase Resources

Do you have links that are focused more on specific health problems or the Newham area?

  • Newham Now – Information and essential services for the Newham area.
  • Self Help Circles - Websites that offer specific information relating to a range of health and employment issues.


Recovery Directory Info

The Recovery Directory packs powerful online resources into a simple Q&A format designed for portability and performance. All concisely annotated and hand curated, the compact and lightweight design makes it easy to download, circulate, maintain, translate, and update. 

Concept and curation by David Holmes. Created for ASK, the Newham mental health service user involvement project. Further user led resources are available via the ASK Squidoo Lens

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