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.
What's happening in August: Recovery College Summer School & South Thames College Taster Sessions
Each summer the college delivers a varied schedule of additional sessions for our students. This year is no exception, and we've partnered with South Thames College for the first week to provide taster sessions for four of their key courses.
In May the college hosted an evening seminar on youth violence
To mark Mental Health Awareness week this year 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 Welcomes International Visitors to kick start 2018
2018 has been busy so far 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)
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)