Who we are

Our mission


People are at the heart of everything the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) do.     Launched in 2004, SRN is a non-profit initiative working in Scotland and beyond. Our aim is to place the experience of recovery at the centre of life, practice and policy. We act as a catalyst for change by sharing ideas and practice.

Our vision

A Scotland where mental health recovery is real for everyone in every community

Our strategic aims

  1. To work with others to support communities and the people within them to achieve their recovery potential
  2. To support and share recovery learning and approaches:
  • Sharing evidence from robust research
  • Raising awareness of and supporting best practice happening at a local, national and international level
  • Encouraging and facilitating conversations about recovery

3. To place lived experience at the centre of health and social policy in Scotland

Find out more about SRN’s Strategic Overview

Our values

Our vision, mission and strategic aims are underpinned by our organisational values which are informed by recovery principles:

  • Hope: recovery is a process of building and reinforcing hope
  • Compassion: we are all survivors of life and recovery begins with compassion
  • Courage: to stand up for recovery principles and to hear and learn from those who disagree with us

Since definitions of recovery can be very personal the title means different things to different people. Philosophically SRN has bridged the gap between the general (what applies to everyone) and the personal (YOUR experience) by underpinning our work with the CHIME framework. CHIME is not a definition, nor is it a set of instructions for recovery. It is a description of five key domains within which recovery is possible. The domains are neither equal nor dominant but their combination are known to support an individual recovery journey.

The CHIME framework supports SRN’s strategic intentions in the following ways.

Funding and governance

SRN is core funded by The Scottish Government. Additional income is provided by other donors, such as the European Commission and the ALLIANCE Self Management IMPACT Fund.

penumbra_logoSRN is hosted by Penumbra which is a charity (SC 010387) and a company limited by guarantee (SC 091542) registered in Scotland. We therefore comply with Penumbra’s policies and procedures and financial management systems and staff are subject to their terms and conditions.

The work of SRN is informed and overseen by a Strategy Group that is representative of our main stakeholder groups, including people with lived experience of mental health problems, unpaid carers, health practitioners, policy makers and academics/researchers.