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Te​lephone: 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​Address:

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


In line with Government guidelines, the Recovery College is likely to be closed for all classroom-based courses until late 2021.

However, we are now offering new online courses and resources to all of our existing students and the general public. Click the following link to access our webpage linking to our online courses:

*** Recovery College Online Courses and Resources - click here ***

You can also keep in touch with what’s coming up by reading our Recovery College newsletter.

If you would like any further information, please contact us.

About NSFT Recovery College

The Recovery College was set up to empower people with mental health problems to become experts in their own recovery. It 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.

What is Recovery?

• Recovery is learning to live a meaningful life beyond illness, either with or without ongoing symptoms

• Recovery is a journey of personal development and discovery which focuses on your wellbeing

What is the Recovery College? 

• The Recovery College was set up by the Trust in 2013 to empower people with lived experience of mental health challenges to become experts in their own recovery

• It was developed jointly in a process of co-production by NSFT staff and people with this lived experience

• It provides courses to help people build an understanding of themselves

• It provides opportunities for people to learn, grow and plan for the future

• The courses are co-developed and co-delivered by people with lived experience and learned experience of mental health challenges

Who can attend the Recovery College?

If you are 16 years or over, have lived experience and meet the following eligibility criteria, you can attend the Recovery College. 

Please register if you:

• Currently use community, inpatient or crisis services (known as secondary mental health services)

• Have used these secondary services in the past 12 months

• Have been assessed and accepted for secondary services and have a named care practitioner

• You support someone who has used secondary mental health services in the past 12 months. For example, friends, family, carers and support workers. You can attend the college either with the person you support, or on your own as a student

• NSFT members of staff

• Staff who work or volunteer for other organisations that provide a supportive role for people with mental health challenges. You can attend either with the person you support or on your own

• Students who are on placement within NSFT or completing a health / social care course

What courses and workshops are available?

All the courses provided at the college are free and designed to contribute towards wellbeing and recovery. 

Courses and workshops are offered with the aim of helping you as a student to:

• Begin – to understand yourself

• Build – a toolkit of self-help skills

• Understand – aspects of the challenges you may be facing

• Grow – a plan for your future

Who are the courses run by?

All courses are co-produced and co-delivered by people with lived experience and learned experience. This includes NSFT staff. 

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 one another.

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 several weeks.

How to Enrol at Recovery College

At the Recovery College everybody is a student.

Whether you’re a person with lived experience, a carer, a family member or an NSFT staff member, all Recovery College course places must be pre-booked. The only real difference is the way you book onto courses.

Enrolment for people with lived experience, family members and carers: 

It is essential for students to book onto an enrolment session to complete a new Learning Plan or review your current one. 

You won't be able to attend the courses without one*.

• A Learning Plan is the way that you start your journey at Recovery College

• It is a scheduled session that you must book by calling your local College office or by emailing

• You will meet other students and tutors from the Recovery College at the session

• You will find out more about the courses and what it's like at the Recovery College

• You can talk through your recovery goals, link them to your course choices, create a Learning Plan and then book onto courses at the session

• In some localities, the learning plan sessions will be on a one-to-one basis, and in other localities they will be completed in small groups. Please check when you book your session.

• If you have never been to the Recovery College before, you can register online and express your interest in courses by using our Recovery College Database  

• A local administrator will then contact you to provide information or book you onto an enrolment session

• * Carers and family members wanting to attend courses to support someone else do not need to complete a learning plan, but they do need to book a place

• Carers and family members wanting to attend courses for their own development as students will need a place and a learning plan. 

Enrolment for NSFT Staff: 

• All staff students must book a place. Staff will not be able to attend courses without pre-booking

• It is no longer necessary for NSFT staff to book their courses via ESR, but staff are reminded to check their team policy, and seek permission from their manager to attend before enrolment

• Staff students can now book onto Recovery College courses by going onto the new Recovery College database, Mind Recovery Net 

• * Staff students do not need a Learning Plan.

Special Announcement: Enrolment for 2020 

Over the last six years, the Recovery College has grown rapidly, which is wonderful. But the increasing success and subsequent growth in numbers means that we need to make a small change to our criteria to enable access to as many people as possible.

Currently, as long as students meet the eligibility criteria they are able to enrol on courses for an indefinite length of time. Numbers have become too high to continue in this way, so from December 2019 onwards all students will have three terms in which to work towards their recovery goals.  

After this first year, students are welcome to enrol again, but priority will be given to students who are within their first year.

In this way, we hope to be able to provide access to the Recovery College for more students overall, and to provide as many students as possible with their chosen course preferences: ones that will best help them achieve their recovery goals.

This change has needed to take place immediately and those students who enrolled with us last term will be on their second term when enrolments begin in December 2019. 

We hope that the majority of students will be able to access the Recovery College again. However, in Norwich it is likely that there will not be additional places following the first year due to the demand of the service. 

Local Recovery College Contact Details:

• Email and a local administrator will respond (please state your area).

• Telephone your local Recovery College administrator 

Bury St Edmunds – 01284 733110

Great Yarmouth and Waveney – 01502 533141

Ipswich – 01449 745297

King’s Lynn – 01553 736018

Norwich and central Norfolk – 01603 421169

Recovery College Partners

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 and 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 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. Visit:

Phoenix Gym is Norwich's largest independent gym with a variety of classes and the largest choice of weights and functional training equipment in Norwich.

Phoenix Gym has a great atmosphere and is proud to be the home of Norwich's top personal trainers. Whether you're training for a specific sport, a one-off event or for self-improvement they have a trainer to help you keep motivated and achieve your fitness goals. Visit:

Inside Out is an Ipswich based arts and mental health charity founded in 2003 committed to providing programmes throughout the year for people drawn to the therapeutic arts as a way of improving and sustaining their mental health and wellbeing.

Participants are mainly people recovering from periods of mental ill-health and those who live with a continuing vulnerability to episodes of psychological distress.

Workshops include: visual arts, creative writing, singing, music, drama, and more, led by professional artists who share their skills in inspiring and supportive ways. Visit: ​


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.