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Telephone: 01603 421169


Recovery College
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Hellesdon Hospital
Drayton High Road

Great Yarmouth and Waveney:

Telephone: 01502 533141


Recovery College
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
44 Kirkley Cliff
NR33 0DF


King's Lynn

Telephone: 01553 736018

Recovery College
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Chatterton House
Goodwins Road
King's Lynn
PE30 5PD



Telephone: 01449 745297 / 01449 745299


Recovery College
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Haymills House
Station Road East
IP14 1RF 

About NSFT Recovery College
At the Trust we set up a Recovery College in October 2013 to empower people with mental health problems to become experts in their own recovery.

The Recovery College provides a range of courses and workshops to service users, carers and members of staff to develop their skills, understand mental health, identify goals and support their access to opportunities.

Who can attend the college?
You can come to the Recovery College if you ;

  • are a current service user who is 16 or over

  • have used mental health services in the past 12 months and  attending the Recovery College is part of your discharge plan

  • are a carer of the above. You  can come to the college either with the person you support or on your own.

  • have a named lead professional and are in the Assessment and Focussed intervention part of the service.

  • are part of  an organisation working to support people across health and social care (e.g Age concern, homeless  charities and Young Carers)

Workshops and courses are free.

What courses and workshops are available?
All of the courses provided at the college are designed to contribute towards wellbeing and recovery. Courses and workshops are offered in the following areas:

  • Recovery and mental health

  • Wellbeing

  • Life beyond illness

  • Peer working

Who are the courses run by?
All courses are co-produced and co-delivered by those with lived experience of mental illness and mental health practitioners. Lived experience is highly valued and complements the clinical expertise already offered by the Trust. The Recovery College provides a joint learning environment where people with lived experience, those who provide their support and Trust staff can learn together and from each other.

Where do the courses take place?
Courses take place at a range of venues across Norfolk and Suffolk. They vary in length from one-off workshops to courses that take place weekly for a number of weeks. Courses run throughout the day and there are also some evening courses available.

Enrolment for New Term

Please note that there will be a new enrolment process for next year’s Recovery College term in Norfolk, Suffolk and Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
In order to book courses you will need to attend one of the enrolment sessions being held in April 2017 at venues across the locality. Please see page five of the timetable for a list of available enrolment dates.  

The sessions will include an informal talk on the Recovery College, question & answer session and completing an ILP (Individual Learning Plan). After completing your ILP, you will be able to register and book for courses. This will involve thinking about what you hope to achieve during your time at the College and selecting courses that are most suitable for you.

Recovery College Partners

Equal Lives.jpgEqual Lives is the largest Disabled People’s User Led Organisation (DPULO) in the country. They were established in 1996, with the aim of uniting people of all ages who face disabling barriers and changing things for the better.

Equal Lives work primarily in Norfolk, and are governed exclusively by disabled people; the majority of their staff are disabled. 

They have 50 member groups and 840 individual members, and gave support to over 13,000 individuals last year, offering information and advice on a wide range of subjects including:

•    Welfare benefits and how to challenge decisions
•    Personal Budgets
•    How to make a complaint
•    Mental health, and how to access support
•    Managing finances
•    Accessing peer support

Equal Lives also offers advocacy support, where people need this to make sure that they have a voice and that this is listened to.

They provide the support disabled people, including those with mental health issues, tell them that they need to live independent, fulfilling lives and aspire to remove disabling barriers. Their focus is always to assert human rights, dignity and equality.

We are delighted at the NSFT Recovery College to be developing Recovery College courses in partnership with Equal Lives.