Category: Creative Corner

The Beautiful Peacock Logo

The Dublin North, North East Recovery College is open to everyone with an interest in mental health recovery and the spirit of collaboration, we wanted to start people talking and dreaming of what a Recovery College could be so we, the Working Group, set up a completion to design a logo and sent it out into the community.

This was the brief: Design a logo for Ireland’s newest Recovery College and the Prize: €200 (One4All voucher) for the winning logo. We outlined the vision for the Dublin North, North East Recovery College, where the idea came from and who was involved.

We suggested that the themes of hope, recovery, emancipatory education, community, co-production and wellbeing might be useful when thinking of the logo.

The standard of work we received was exceptionally high and the decision to pick a logo was a difficult one.

Judging Panel Make Up and People

The judging panel was make up of an academic, a community member, an expert by experience and a HSE worker.
The judging panel were: Catherine Timmins, Liam MacGabhann, Anne Brennan and Martha Griffin.
The panel met on 23rd of May 2016.
The entries were judged by their artistic merit, individuality of the logo, and suitability for use as the logo for the Dublin North, North East Recovery College.

A flavour of the entries we received

Winning submission: St. Louise’s, St. Vincent’s, Fairview

This is what came in from the winning group, St. Louise’s Ward. Their concept then went to Graphic Designer, Lorena Zanoni. Lorena developed the design with Recovery College staff Joe Maloney and John Kelly to create the finished design.

This is what the artists in St. Louise’s Ward said about their design,

“The Peacock is a power animal and it can enable us to shed the feathers of the past and enable us to take back the true beauty of our individuality. This increases self-respect and self-confidence. It symbolises dignity and the wholeness of the individual. This idea marries well with the recovery college model”

They also gave an explanation of the colours:

  • White signifies purification, spirituality, hope and faith.
  • Red is the root chakra which symbolises physical vitality, energy, passion emotion and courage.
  • Blue is the throat and it symbolises acceptance, peace inspiration and mental abilities and self-awareness.
  • Yellow is a solar plexus chakra (gut instinct, happiness).
  • Green is the heart charka which symbolises emotions, relationships, forgiveness, nature and the environment.
  • Orange is a sacral charka which symbolises change, optimism and ambition.
  • Purple is a crown charka and symbolises spiritual growth.
  • Brown symbolises stability, grounding, endurance, home, friendship and respect.
  • Black symbolises warning, repelling or warning of negative energy.

“We believe the peacock logo is a strong symbol and it works well as a logo for the Recovery College”.

Thanks to all who entered and we look forward to meeting you at the college launch on the 10th of October 2016.

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Establishing the Dublin North, North East Recovery College

Recovery Colleges have been part of the story of mental health services development in Ireland since around 2013 when the Mayo Recovery College was launched. Since then a number of partnerships in each health catchment area have been trying to attract funding and resources to develop recovery colleges around the country, with mixed results.  As part of the Advancing Recovery in Ireland (ARI) initiative, establishing a recovery college is a key objective of each site around the country. A core group of researchers and community activists in DCU School of Nursing & Human Sciences became interested in exploring the possibility of establishing a Recovery College in Dublin North, North East. An exploratory partnership with individuals, voluntary organisations, other educational hubs and mental health services in CHO areas 8 & 9(Dublin North, North East areas) was established.

Having reviewed some of the literature and recovery college governance frameworks nationally and internationally; visited some sites and listened to presentations from a number of UK based Recovery Colleges, the team noted some contradictions in many of the existing college structures. Most colleges were established in mental health services; co-ordinated by health services staff; under health services governance; and much of the course content similar to other clinically focussed courses provided in services. Whilst recovery education is being rolled out in mental health services, it does so within an infrastructure governed by health services institutional norms that are by design in contrast to an emancipatory educational philosophy.

Together with partners we developed an alternative vision for a recovery college that was more aligned with an empowering and transformative recovery-based educational experience.  Our vision was to place governance outside of mental health services within the community and through community development principles, to grow the college as a collaborative community collective. Each partner would of course have their own governance structures, though the college itself could be governed by the collective partnership itself. Putting the vision into practice the partnership successfully applied for two year seed funding from the Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development Unit, Dublin North in December 2015. This provided us with a fantastic opportunity to develop a community recovery college in parallel to mental health and other care services. The Dublin North, North East Recovery College (DNNERC) was established in February 2016 with the first full programme of courses delivered from October 2016.





First Recovery College Newsletter

The newsletter team have been very busy bringing you this the first every edition of the Dublin North, North East Recovery College Newsletter. We hope you enjoy it.

Dublin North, North East Newsletter