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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


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

Bury St Edmunds 

Telephone: 01284 733110​


Recovery College
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Hospital Road Site
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3NR


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.

There are enrolment sessions at the beginning of each term. However, if you have missed these sessions you can still enrol with the Recovery College.

You can either;
• Email and request an enrolment pack be sent to you electronically or by post
• Telephone your local Recovery College administrator and request an enrolment pack electronically or by post

Norwich and central Norfolk - 01603 421169
Great Yarmouth and Waveney - 01502 533141
King’s Lynn - 01553 736018
Suffolk - 01449 745297 or 01449 745299


Recovery College Partners

Equal 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.

Association for Suffolk Museums
The Recovery College is offering a one day course in collaboration with the Association for Suffolk Museums. The course offers people the opportunity to explore the museums and participate in creative and enjoyable activities.

The Association for Suffolk Museums works to preserve and promote the county’s rich and diverse heritage. It is an independent charity and membership body with four main aims to:
• Provide leadership for museums in Suffolk
• Act as the representative for museums in Suffolk
• Attract and manage resources for the benefit of its members
• Increase access and learning in museums for the benefit of the people of Suffolk

Creative Heritage & Art in Mind is a Lottery funded ‘heritage and arts in mental health’ project offering arts-based courses across four Suffolk museums. The settings offer a safe and stimulating environment for people to explore their creative skills and develop individual artworks inspired by the buildings, objects and stories around them.


Moving Pictures Workshop

Moving Pictures graphic.pngTake a look at this fantastic animation film created by the Recovery College students.

The workshop was delivered by Anastacia Tohill, Moving Pictures Tutor and Workshop Manager and Szara Froud, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Assistant Practitioner (Northern Community Team) and Melissa Taylor, who volunteered, Student Occupational Therapist at the University of East Anglia. More information and feedback about the workshop is available here.