Recovery Republic's 10th Birthday

Recovery Republic turns 10 Years old! 🎉

Recovery Republic CiC is 10 years old! Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate this milestone, and also to those who wished us well. Here’s to ten more!

Front Row: Cllrs Peter Rush, Aasim Rashid (Mayor of Rochdale), Carol Wardle, Neil Emmott.
Back Row: Members of the Recovery Republic CiC and Support Team Members Kate Wild & Carl Cruise. 

Recovery Republic CiC

Wellbeing, Made in Heywood.

The Recovery Republic Community Interest Company (CIC) is a Heywood focused, supported-self-help wellbeing centre. We focus on supporting our local community by building on individuals’ assets co-operatively.

Practical Spirituality

Here at the Recovery Republic, our aim is to promote togetherness, forgiveness, compassion, equality & inclusion.

However, we also give careful recognition to the fact, from birth we are all unique in our hopes, dreams, experiences and even regrets about the path our life has taken.

What is the Recovery Republic?

Scroll down to find information on the various principals and goings on that make the Recovery Republic a place for anyone who may need it. Start off with one of the boxes just below (or both, it’s up to you!) and then make your way down the page for a little bit more insight into how we work.

Have you ever tried to be that slightly different person you know you can be? Have you ever tried giving up smoking, drinking or eating too much? Then possibly the single most important lesson to learn is “Nobody can do it for you, but you can’t do it without help”.

The Recovery Republic (RR) is here to provide that help you need. You decide what you want to achieve, and we will do what we can to be the help you need.

We don’t tell you what to do.
We don’t even advise you what to do.
We help you do what you want to do.

We have learned to be of help, on site, in:

Emotional wellbeing
Money management
Lifestyle behaviour change
Quitting Smoking
Work related health support

These seven processes are what is involved in, and what is called “Social Prescribing”. We don’t guide or take you to a place that does one of these, we do them all or we try, whatever you need.

We are concerned with your “Recovery” because your life is currently not the life you know you could have. It is “Republic” because we have different rules than the world outside. We know that all of us are equally worthy, it’s just that our lives have treated and nourished us unequally.

We know that life outside can be thoughtless, and unkind. Here, in the RR, you will find a haven of calm, and affection. And we are not in a rush, you can be a Member as long, or as short, as you wish.

How do you become a Member? Click here to get in touch.

The Process:

You agree to complete a wellbeing questionnaire at entry and about every three months and agree to the simple code of conduct and that’s about it. If we could make it simpler, we would.

The Directors of the RR are increasingly certain that the methodology of Asset Based Personal Development (ABPD) © within an ethos of affectionate egalitarianism is a novel and highly promising therapy complimenting the great Statutory Services of Health and of Care.

We have narratives and testimonies which demonstrate the reasons for our increasing certainty. Nonetheless we are aware that in handling of monies of the public purse that such qualitative proof, though interesting and informative, is inadequate in itself to result in Commissioners of Local Care Organisations recognising the quality (effectiveness, efficiency, assuredness) of the work we do.

We therefore wish to begin to study the information and data leading to quantitative data and information and thereby to the statistical analysis and proof of method. However, the costs of such study lie beyond our financial capabilities. We will continue to look for funding for such study.

Even within the small town of Heywood there are budgets for, and thereby employment of, a variety of “Link Workers”, to our knowledge about five such full-time posts. Were but one of these to be devoted to two-way transmission of data and information it is likely that this proof would be found within 18 months. NB the RR employs the NHS policies of confidentiality, so to assure the NHS that
GDPR is observed identically within the RR as within the great statutory services.

What is now needed is to compare before and after studies of individuals who are of course known to the NHS and Social Services, before and after Membership of the RR. It is expected that it will be shown that the saving to the LCO will be greater than the expenditure of supporting the RR in the neighbourhood of Heywood and by extrapolation the Borough of Rochdale and beyond.

For further information, or to contact directors Mrs. Deborah Lyon & Dr. Michael Taylor,
please email info@recoveryrepublic.local

Take the wellbeing test

Interested in learning more about the 5 ways to wellbeing? Click here to read about each one, and when you’re done you can take our wellbeing test to see how you’re doing.

Please note: No data of any kind is stored from completing the quiz. Whilst this ensures that no personal data is stored from the use of the site, it also means results may be lost if you don’t record them yourself.


Flourishing is a co-produced educational programme developed together with the invaluable creativity from the volunteers and members from the Recovery Republic and the team at Recovery Republic Education Ltd.

The opportunity followed investment from the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), which is one of Britain’s biggest charities, founded in 1903 and is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education.

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Get in Touch.

If you feel the need to reach out, then we'll be here to speak to you. We're a friendly bunch! Use the contact form below or just give us a call using the details listed underneath.

63-65 York Street, Heywood, Greater Manchester, OL10 4NR

Call Us: 01706 622722

Opening hours:

By Appointment only due to COVID-19. Please contact us to arrange a booking before arriving.