Recovery Colleges provide free educational workshops and courses. They are designed to support people experiencing mental health challenges to invest in their own wellbeing and recovery.
All the courses 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 attending Recovery College are students, not patients or service users.
Students are not referred to Recovery Colleges. Students choose whether they want to attend or not, and which courses they want to do.
Recovery College is not a replacement for clinical support. It works alongside it.
Courses can be about lots of topics. From learning practical skills to better understanding yourself and the challenges you face.
It is a safe space to learn among other people who have experienced mental health challenges.
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
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
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 a checked by a Quality Panel to make sure they are recovery focused and evidence based. This made up of staff, 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.