Our Recovery Colleges in Surrey and North East Hampshire are designed to support people in their recovery. They help people improve their health and wellbeing through educational courses on a range of psychological, mental and physical health conditions.

The colleges are a partnership arrangement involving voluntary, NHS and local authority organisations, and existing Recovery Colleges.

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

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?

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.


Our courses cover a range of topics, the details of which can be viewed in the relevant prospectus:

To be updated with the latest courses as they become available, or to express your interest in attending a course, please contact us. Please be aware that course dates may change.

Please note - Our autumn term timetable will be released during the week beginning 16th July 2018.  We will be introducing a new booking system.  To find out more please click here.

Our courses cover the following subjects:

Health and Wellbeing 

These courses focus on enabling you to live a healthier life and support your wider recovery, personal growth and wellbeing


These courses are aimed at increasing your understanding a range of mental and physical health difficulties


Skills courses are aimed at providing specific skills to help manage a range of physical and mental health difficulties


These courses use creative methods to help wellbeing and bring about learning

Courses may vary in:

  • Length (number of weeks) and session length (number of hours per week)
  • Class size - minimum and maximum number of students
  • Location - where they takes place
  • Who they are suitable for
  • Who provides the course
  • When the course is held, i.e. dates, time of day
  • Format – e.g. discussion (group or in pairs), presentations, work sheets, creative methods
  • Cost – although most are free, some may have fees associated. These are marked with the symbol ‘£’.

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.

How do I enrol?

You do not need to be referred to the Recovery College, it is open to everyone. You can enrol on as many courses as you like but to attend you must enrol, it is not possible to turn up without enrolling and you will not be able to stay for the class.

Complete an enrolment form

Please download our enrolment form, complete it and return it to us.

If you are unable to enrol by the above means please get in touch as we may be able to make other arrangements under special circumstances.

Can I bring someone with me?

If you would like to bring someone with you to a course you may do so. However, this person must also be enrolled as a student with the Recovery College and we would ask all people enrolled on a course to participate as a student. We encourage friends and family members to attend courses separately in order to fully engage and make the most out of the course you are attending.

Our recovery coaches

Who are course facilitators?

Course Facilitators teach courses. They can be Recovery Coaches or professionals.

Who are professionals?

The Recovery College is a partnership arrangement involving a range of organisations. Recovery College professionals may be employed by any of these organisations.

Some professionals in the Recovery College hold qualifications in areas such as Art, Dance, Occupational Therapy, Pilates Psychology or Yoga.

Who are recovery coaches?

Recovery coaches  are experts by experience and have lived experience of:

  • A psychological, mental or physical health condition, or
  • Supporting somebody else with a psychological, mental or physical health condition.

As well as this, they:

  • Have shown that they have been able to maintain the management of their difficulties
  • Believe in the philosophy of recovery and share the wisdom of their own lived experience, inspiring hope and belief that recovery is possible
  • May still be, or have previously been, students at the Recovery College
  • Have an interest in working with people with psychological, mental or physical health condition or people who support somebody else with a psychological, mental or physical health condition
  • Support with various aspects of the Recovery College alongside professionals, for example development, facilitation and evaluation of courses, enrolment or prospectus and website content
  • May hold a paid or voluntary unpaid position
  • Receive training and supervision. We support the development of each Recovery Coach, for example helping them prepare for paid work in the future if this is their goal
  • Come from a range of backgrounds

The Recovery College offers people with lived experience opportunities to get involved as volunteers and as paid workers, for example with: development, facilitation and evaluation of courses; enrolment; prospectus and website content.

For further information or advice about getting involved with the Recovery College, please contact us.

What people say

What students say

“The Recovery College has had a huge positive impact on not only me, but also my friends and my family.”

“The Recovery College has given me the confidence and motivation to engage with my recovery – with myself, and has given me hope.”

“The Recovery College has helped me feel less alone with my mental health condition, and helped to install a sense of hope, acceptance and belief that change is possible.”

"The Recovery College has had a positive impact on my recovery by allowing me to talk honestly."

“Since attending the Recovery College I have not only been able to communicate about my mental health condition to others more, but also more effectively.”

“The Recovery College has been an excellent environment in which to begin/carry on my recovery journey.”

“I liked that the Recovery College was educational rather than therapy based.”

“It has been really helpful to be able to engage with the NHS on the subject of mental health, without having to be in crisis.”

“I now take more time to look after myself."

"The Recovery College was available to me at a time when I was ineligible for all other local NHS services."

“On first contact with the Recovery College I felt like I had found solid ground, and that sense has sustained. It has been really important for me to be able to engage in respecting and supportive relationships with mental health professionals in the Recovery College, and to experience it as safe. The wide social and professional system is very grounding and validating, and helps to earth many of the challenges which I face at times. The Recovery College has helped me to relate better within a sometimes fragmented family system, which I hope may benefit us all in the longer term.”

“I have met some nice people during my time at the Recovery College.”

What recovery coaches say

"I have really enjoyed being a recovery coach at the Recovery College. The opportunity to use my lived experience in a constructive way, helping others on their recovery journey is helping me on my own recovery journey too."

What professionals say

“Whilst I have always believed in working alongside people with lived experience, the model of the Recovery College has enabled me to fully embrace this way of working.  I have seen what a positive impact the peer recovery coaches have on students as well as challenging some of my own assumptions and ways of working.”

What course facilitators say

“I have found the effect of having people with lived experience, family / carers and staff participating in the same course as students, to be incredibly powerful.”

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