Recovery Republic CiC

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.

We have larger number of Member-Volunteers and a small but dedicated Support Team, who together offer comprehensive approach to Social Prescribing.

Why are we here?

  • Friendship
  • Social & Psychosocial Support
  • Healthy Living Advice
  • Information on local services
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Education
  • Access to Support Groups
We were established as a social innovation, responding to local wellbeing needs and has been awarded the Queens Award for Volunteering.

It was set up by a local GP, Dr. Michael Taylor,  who recognised a gap in local services to support the complex and varied needs of the community.
We work with a wide range of partners in the public and statutory sector to support our mutual ambitions to improve outcomes for everyone who attends.

This involves encouraging the involvement of citizens (our members) throughout everything we do and using the expertise of our partners in the academic, arts and wider community to shape and develop all we do.

What We Do

Social Prescribing is an initiative to support you with your social, financial, and personal issues which adversely affect your health and wellbeing resulting in a slow recovery.

Through understanding your strengths and needs we can offer access to sources of support within our local community.You will be supported to access your own and community resources across the Health, Statutory and Voluntary sectors in Greater Manchester to achieve goals.

We will offer an assessment and by building a relationship with you we can agree personalised plans, to support you to make the choices and necessary changes to enable you to live the life you choose.

We at the RR realised that the fifth way to wellbeing could be interpreted as the giving of time, of energy or of service. Not everyone may have the capacity to give their money as a way of donation, or helping, however we all have the same amount of time.

Rather than being told what the RR needs them to do, Members choose what they want to do when volunteering. This of course is widely variable but is almost always social so fits with the first way to wellbeing also.

This is the source of activities which are therefore therapeutic, that is they are of benefit on participants long road to recovery.

We believe that there should be no difference in being a member of the Recovery Republic and being a Volunteer at the Recovery Republic. In order to volunteer, you must become a member first and foremost. That way each and every one of us in on the same page.


Flourishing is a co-produced educational programme developed together with the invaluable creativity from 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.

Flourishing is written in a spirit of compassion and understanding reflecting the act of growing as a human being both in good times and when life gets tough. We use an approach which builds on people’s strengths and assets, based on the individuals’ personal development, different experiences, beliefs, and life goals, to be achieved at their own pace, and when they are ready.

We also recognise the need for empathy, understanding, support and kindness with the aim that this short training course will allow each person to discover what works for them.


The Centre

The Refectory

This is where the action happens. The members favourite part of the centre where chin wagging, tea (and coffee!) drinking, and good hearty food happens.

Exciting things are happening to the refectory and kitchen in the upcoming months.

The Garden

We wouldn't be complete without an outside area now, would we?

Quiet places to sit and chat, take 5 minutes for some fresh air and opportunities to help with caring for the garden are all beneficial and part of life at Recovery Republic.

Groups & Events

There are plenty of inclusive groups throughout the week in the centre.

A full listings and events page will be available soon.


Joining the Recovery Republic has changed my life. I have made lots of friends there and I even have my own support worker. I think of the Recovery Republic as my second home now, the staff are very friendly and I know I am always welcome. - B. F

Become a member

Enter your details using the form below to receive more information on how to become a member of the Recovery Republic. We can arrange a chat with one of our friendly support team members who will answer any further questions you may have.

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Contact Details

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

Telephone Number 01706 622722


Opening Hours

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, we can only allow members of the Recovery Republic into the building on an appointment only basis in order to keep in line with government guidelines and keep both our members and support team safe. If you are a member and would like to book an appointment, please call the centre on 01706 622722.

If you have any questions regarding the steps we're taking to keep people safe, please feel free to end an email to and we'll aim to respond to you as soon as we can. info@recoveryrepublic.co.uk

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