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Recovery College news and events

There’s always lots happening at the Recovery College.

With venues across Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston & Richmond and in the Recovery College at Springfield hospital there are always courses and workshops running. If you're unsure which course might work for you then you can come along to one of our open days and chat to the team. We hold these at the start and finish of every term in a variety of locations throughout the borough. 

Classes are suspended at the moment due to COVID-19, but check out our E-Learning Hub to find out what home learning options there are. 

Mental Health Awareness Week - Events on at the Recovery College

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week in 2019 wass Body Image - how we think and feel about our bodies.  We worked with our colleagues in the Trust to deliver two sessions on :

Body Image Workshop – Reset your Perspective

Body image has a personal impact, and it’s not always a positive one. It has the power to affect our lives in a number of ways - being scared to do activities, dictating what clothes you wear, speaking in front of others and even entering into new relationships.


This workshop aimed to help us understand that the feelings we have about our bodies are not necessarily the whole truth, and that by shifting our perspective we might be able to make positive changes in our lives.

The workshop covered:

  • What is body image & why does it matter – identity & self image
  • How perceptions of the ideal body image change over time
  • What is normal weight/body shape and how do people perceive themselves?
  • Influences on body image: Media, Perception, Thinking traps

Have Your Say – Get involved with Involvement (May 2019)

Involvement is about making sure that the Trust’s services and policies are led and shaped by the people best placed to know what works: people who use mental health services, their carers, family and friends.


If you’ve used Trust services within the last 5 years and are interested in what the work of the Involvement Team entails then youcan speak with the /Involve team and find out how you can have an influence in shaping what the Trust does.

Among the activities you could get involved in are:

  • sitting on interview panels to recruit staff
  • giving feedback on Trust documents, quality of care and services
  • being part of service user or carer forums
  • working alongside staff on special projects.


In May 2018 the college hosted an evening seminar on youth violence

To mark Mental Health Awareness week the College approached the Charity BLAM (black learning achievement and mental health) to run an evening seminar on the impact of youth violence.  The session was open to all, with panellists ranging from a SEN Children specialist, to a Youth Offending Team Worker and a Social Activist.

The aim of the event was to exchange ideas in tackling the trauma associated with youth violence - what support exists now and new ways to potentially approach the issue.  


 Recovery College Welcomed International Visitor to Kick Start 2018

2018 was a busy year for the Recovery College, with two international visits coordinated by IMROC (Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change) looking at best practice in the UK.

January kicked off with a visit from a study group from Bulgaria, looking at best practice to set up their own Recovery College. All attendees were members of GIP-SOFIA (Global Initiative on Psychiatry). With a truly diverse group including clinical directors, peer support workers, autism association members and learning disability specialists, it was a busy day with a lot of discussion. Thankfully, having a native Bulgarian speaker on our team of trainers made a huge difference in spanning the language barrier.

“I would like to thank you for the warm welcome, the opportunity to ask all our questions and the exceptional surprise to answer us in pure Bulgarian.

 I hope that with what we have learned we will be able to "translate" the model to the Bulgarian context, and next time we will expect you and your colleagues in Bulgaria so that we can share.”

Valentina Hristakeva, Director, Global Initiative on Psychiatry-Sofia (17th Jan, 2018)

Bulgarian Delegation Feb 2018

In February we hosted a team of Psychiatrists, Researchers, Social Workers and Academics from Japan. Coordinated by IMROC, the team were here as part of a week-long UK tour of Recovery Colleges, Early Intervention groups and vocational and community services.

The group’s aim was to learn about the stages for preparation and set up of a recovery college, understanding how it sits within the infrastructure of a wider recovery-orientated organisation. This included exploring the core operational structures and policies for running a college, and participating in college courses as a student

The morning was spent covering how the Recovery College works with focus on our core principles of coproduction, self-directed learning, belief in our students and a coaching educational style This continued with a question and answer session to help our guests problem solve the issues they are experiencing. The afternoon consisted of our guests experiencing a taster session of our Coping with Stress course.

Judging by their comments we think the day went well:

“We would like to thank you for your warm welcome and very kind hospitality extended to us. We are very impressed by your innovative ways to value one's lived experience and seek to ingrain co-production into the mental health services.

 We have learned the heart of recovery college and have been encouraged to set up more recovery colleges in Japan. We really appreciate all you have done for us.”

Recovery College Study Tour Team from Japan (19th Feb, 2018)


 Japanese Delegation 2018







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