SRN win contract to support €7.6 million recovery project

20th March 2018

SRN is delighted to be involved in the development of three cross border recovery college networks to be set-up between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

EU funding* of €7.6 million has been secured by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Health and Social Care Partnership** to develop a large scale Innovation Recovery Project (i-Recovery Project) over the next four years. SRN has won the contract to deliver ‘independent quality assurance and guidance expertise’ to the initiative.

i-Recovery Project

The i-Recovery Project offers an opportunity to empower and enable people and communities to take greater control over their own mental and emotional wellbeing. It aims to transform the lives of people living with mental health problems by instilling hope, optimism and a belief in a better future by:

  • Enabling people with lived experience of mental illness to access education on self-management and recovery, including those geographically or socially isolated
  • Supporting people to regain control over their lives and self-manage mental health conditions
  • Deploying e-heath technologies, including the development of a Virtual Recovery College

During the project lifetime, 8,000 people will participate in mental health recovery education programmes. 300 mental health practitioners from statutory, voluntary and community sectors will be trained in recovery orientated methods. Additionally, 500 staff from non-mental health services will be trained in mental health awareness and compassionate care of those affected by mental health problems.

Official launch

This cross-border initiative was officially launched in Dundalk on Thursday 8th March 2018 by Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People at the Department of Health in Ireland, and Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Daly said:

This is an important EU funded project which is taking a cross border approach to developing additional support services for those with mental health difficulties and I congratulate the CAWT partnership for securing the EU funding.

He added:

The Innovation Recovery initiative is taking a community-based approach by supporting people to better understand and manage their mental health within their own localities. The recovery ethos is one which the Department wholeheartedly embraces and is reflected in current policy and practice.


Also speaking at the event, Dr McBride added:

The Department is delighted to be launching this cross border mental health project. The aims and objectives of the project chimes with our priorities for a modern health and social care service, in particular the focus on early intervention and self-management. It is about giving people the tools and support to identify their needs in recovering from and managing their own mental health. It encourages participants to draw upon both their own personal resources and the support of the wider community.


SRN’s Network Manager (Projects), John McCormack, is working closely with project partners to provide quality assurance and guidance on best practice and was one of the speakers at the launch event.  John observed that:

SRN are delighted to be contributing to this exciting project and will bring to bear the knowledge and experience gained over 15 years of promoting recovery nationally and internationally.

We know that recovery in Scotland will also be enhanced by the shared learning that will be gained from the four years of the i-Recovery project.


Find out more about the i-Recovery Project


*The i-Recovery project is funded through the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, and match funded by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish Government and the Scottish Government.

**The CAWT project partners are the HSE, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, the Western Health and Social Care Trust, the Public Health Agency and the Health and Social Care Board. The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is also a project partner.