Recovery Colleges provide free educational workshops and courses. They open to everyone and they are designed to support people on their mental health recovery journey. They are aimed to help others invest in their own wellbeing.
All the courses cover a variety of topics and follow a personal recovery approach which encourages:
- Self-knowledge and acceptance
- An understanding of the principles of recovery
- Learning and applying new skills and strategies
- Leading a meaningful life with or without symptoms
The aim is to empower people to take control of their own lives and become experts in their own recovery - people choose their own courses to attend.
It is a safe space to learn among other people who have experienced mental health challenges.
The Recovery College is not a replacement for clinical support, it works alongside it.
The courses have been categorised to help guide students:
• 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
All the courses are centred on the principles of CHIME - Connection, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment.
CHIME is a framework for personal recovery.
In the research which led to the creation of CHIME different stories of personal recovery were compared. It was found that there were five things that everyone had in common which helped their recovery.
They were Connection, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment
We have a CHIME webinar and you can also access the research underpinning CHIME.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
These are a list of actions which can be done to support a person’s wellbeing.
The 5 ways to wellbeing are:
- Be active
- Take notice
- Keep learning
We have a course titled 5 ways to wellbeing. You can also read more about the research underpinning the course.
Please check our timetable for upcoming dates.
We are proud to use the original Recovery Colleges framework.
We develop and deliver all our courses in a partnership process called co-production.
We do this with people who have lived experience of mental health challenges, and with mental health clinicians.
But, it is not only our courses that are co-produced. Everyone at Recovery College has the opportunity to contribute to decisions we make.
We achieve co-production in decision making by holding regular meetings and asking everyone what they think.
A group of staff, tutors and student representatives then put all the opinions and ideas together to come up with a final decision.
Recovery Colleges are not clinical and we do not accept referrals from professionals.
Students choose whether they want to attend Recovery College.
We work on an educational model and have a prospectus and a timetable of courses.
Students are free to take part as much or as little as they want during courses. We encourage students to gain knowledge, skills and strategies. It is not a formal environment and there are no tests.
Students choose which courses they would like to take.
If students have particular goals, we can support them in choosing the best courses to meet them.
Strengths based and person centred
We are all students.
We recognise that each student has skills, knowledge, strengths and unique experience that is beneficial to the learning environment of all.
We aim to build upon those strengths by learning together.
Our aim is support and empowerment.
We want students to achieve their recovery goals and feel empowered to take on a life and opportunities outside of services.
Building partnerships with community organisations is important to us.
We value the existing partnerships we have across Norfolk and Suffolk. And we are grateful for the support, service and benefit to students they provide.
We accept all students of all abilities at Recovery College.
There are no formal requirements, criteria or risk assessments required to attend.
We encourage students to tell us what works best for them so that we can do our best to provide the right support.
If students have additional learning needs, we have an accessible offer here
An Easy Read version is available here
Quality and co-production is very important to us.
We have a specific criteria that each course has to reach before it reaches the timetable.
Our courses are checked by a Quality Panel to make sure they are recovery focused and evidence based. The panel consists of staff, practitioner tutors, students and peer tutors who assesses each new course.
We also use the quality process to review our courses. This makes sure they include the latest research and new ideas.
We want to create a safe and welcoming learning environment at the Recovery College, and we want to ensure we give you all the support and guidance you need to achieve success. This learner agreement is a guide to highlight what we expect from everyone at the Recovery College so that we can help you to achieve success in a supportive environment.
As a student at the College we ask you:
- To be respectful of each other’s rights, life choices, beliefs and opinions.
- To provide us with any information that we need to support your enrolment and ongoing learning to make sure you get the most out of your learning experience if needed.
- Treat everyone with compassion, dignity and respect and to avoid the use of offensive, racist and sexist language always, and to not discriminate against others.
- To respect the wellbeing and property of other members and of the college or venue and to report any health and safety concerns you may notice.
- To take an active part in your own learning and to make use of the resources made available to you where possible.
- To minimise distractions during the courses for example, having your mobile phone on silent and to refrain from using mobile devices where possible.
- To attend courses punctually. Please let us know if you’re having troubles attending or joining the course or if you wish to cancel your registration on a course. You can do this by emailing the Recovery College.
- To use designated smoking areas. Please do not attend if you are under the influence of alcohol and illicit substances.
Please communicate any concerns you have in terms of the learner agreement with us or moving forwards. We are here to talk about any concerns, queries or questions you may have.