About the Recovery College

The Recovery College is a partnership arrangement involving a range of voluntary, NHS and local authority organisations and existing Recovery Colleges.

All courses are run by staff from the partnership organisations and are developed and run alongside our Recovery Coaches who are experts by experience. They all have lived experience of mental or physical health conditions, or are supporting someone else with a mental or physical health condition.

See the full list of course providers.

Who are the courses open to?

The Recovery College courses are open to people who live in Surrey and North East Hampshire who:

  • are aged 18 and above
  • want to improve their health and wellbeing
  • have physical and/or mental health conditions
  • are a family member or carer
  • work in voluntary and statutory organisations.

Where do courses take place?

Courses are offered in a range of community venues (such as libraries, community centres, church halls etc) across Surrey and North East Hampshire.

How much do courses cost?

All courses are free unless a price is stated.

What happens if not enough people enrol on a course?

Unfortunately we can't run a course if there aren't enough attendees. We will inform you if this is the case with a course that you have booked on to.

Will I be able to take a course if I had difficulties learning at school?

Yes! Our courses are aimed at a range of students. Some rely on reading and writing more than others. Please contact us to discuss your individual learning needs and to discuss which courses may be most suitable. Our staff can also help you to develop a learning plan to support you.

What is recovery?

  • There is no single definition of recovery - it is about people improving their health and wellbeing finding ways to live meaningful lives
  • Recovery is personal and it means different things to different people. One persons’ recovery might be very different to another persons’, because people can recover from the same condition in different ways
  • Recovery is about people pursuing their individual unique life goals. This could mean taking steps to get closer to where they would like to be emotionally, socially, professionally, spiritually or otherwise
  • Recovery is about finding and building a new sense purpose in life and does not necessarily mean getting back to where a person was before. Recovery can be a voyage of self discovery and personal growth and can provide opportunities for change, reflection and discovery of new values, skills and interests
  • People may or may not have ongoing symptoms during recovery. Getting on top of symptoms is important, but recovery is wider than this. If people have ongoing symptoms they can try to stop them from affecting their life as much
  • Recovery does not always refer to the process of complete recovery - it is an ongoing process that can take time. Recovery is not a one off event, it is a journey not a destination. Setbacks and difficulties are a natural part of improving things in the long term. Recovery happens in 'fits and starts' and, like life, can have ups and downs
  • A person could describe themselves as ‘recovered’ at any stage during their recovery if they felt that things were better than they were before
  • Recovery is about people becoming an expert in their own self care
  • Medical treatment is one way towards recovery, it helps a lot of people but it is not the only way
  • Recovery is something people achieve themselves, it is not something that someone else can do for a person - but others may be able to help if a person wants them to

(Adapted from www.rethink.org and www.mentalhealth.org.uk)

See who's who in the Recovery College and find out more about our courses.