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Recovery College celebrates success of first term

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is holding a celebratory event after the success of the first term of their Recovery College.

Date: Monday 16 December

Time: 2 – 5pm

Venue: Dunston Hall, Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8PQ

The Trust set up a Recovery College in October to empower people with mental health challenges to become experts in their own recovery. Over 120 students attended workshops and courses on offer in the first term.

The Recovery College provides a range of courses/workshops to service users, carers and members of staff. These sessions are designed to contribute towards wellbeing and recovery and are co-delivered by people who have the personal experience of living with mental health difficulties.

Students have been invited to attend an afternoon of celebration for their achievements on Monday 16 December at Dunston Hall, Norwich from 2-5pm.

At the event guests will hear about the successes of the Recovery College since the launch and what is planned for the next term which is due to start in January 2014. Peer tutors with lived experience of mental health challenges, who deliver courses/workshops alongside members of staff, will talk about their own experiences of recovery. Certificates of achievements will also be awarded to students who attended courses at the Recovery College by Gary Page, Chair.

Lyn Skipper, Recovery Project Lead for the Trust, said: “The launch of the Recovery College has not only been met with great enthusiasm from members of staff but service users and carers.

“The Recovery College follows an educational approach which complements assessment and treatment already offered by the Trust, by helping people to understand their problems and learn how to manage these better in order to pursue their aspirations.

“The college is at the heart of our trust-wide commitment to recovery and we believe great starting point for improving the way we deliver our services.”

For more information about the Recovery College visit or telephone 01603 421169 or email


Notes to editors:

  • The Government’s mental health strategy ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ (Department of Health, 2011) identifies promoting recovery as a key outcome of services. Recovery Colleges stem from the national programme Implementing Recovery through Organisation Change (ImROC).
  • The NSFT Recovery College is one of a small but growing number of colleges across the UK developed for and by people with lived experience of mental illness and NHS trusts.
  • The college follows an adult education model and aims to deliver a responsive, peer-led education and training curriculum of recovery focused courses.
  • All courses are co-produced and co-delivered by those with lived experience of mental illness and mental health practitioners. The Recovery College provides a joint learning environment, where people with lived experience and those who provide their support and NSFT staff can learn together and from each other.
  • Courses will 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.
  • Peer tutors deliver courses/workshops alongside members of staff, using their lived experience of mental health challenges to complement the clinical skills of the staff.