Launch of Lived Experience statement

We’re happy to announce the launch of our Lived Experience statement which outlines the importance of lived experience across Recovery Focus.

We champion lived experience and encourage our staff, volunteers and the people we support with lived experience to share and learn from each other. We encourage applications for all our roles from people with lived experience, knowing the benefit this can bring to the quality of support we offer.

Lived experience matters because it helps to:

  1. Enhance the support provided
  2. Reduce stigma and isolation
  3. Inspire colleagues
  4. Increase the value of diversity
  5. Attract more people to available roles
  6. Improve decision making having staff with lived experiences at all levels

“The group works to ensure that staff with lived experience feel supported by the organisation and that they can help the organisation to improve its approach to lived experience.”

We have a Lived Experience Inclusion Group that assists people we support to have a voice in influencing how services and interventions are delivered, and strengthening co-production. The group also provide useful guidance and documents on how the organisation can recruit and support people with lived experience to progress within the organisation. We also provide peer support to staff with lived experience in the organisation.

Richard McVey, Head of Aquarius, shares his thoughts on the group: “The group works to ensure that staff with lived experience feel supported by the organisation and that they can help the organisation to improve its approach to lived experience.”

You can view our Lived Experience statement here.