Timetable and Prospectus - Spring 2020 

Our Timetable and Prospectus for the Spring Term 2020 have now been published and are available to download via the links at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in attending any of our courses but are unable to attend one of our registration sessions please complete the Student Registration Form (available at the bottom of this page, in both Word and PDF formats for your convenience) and return it to us by e-mail to recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk or alternatively post it to the appropriate recovery college address.

Registration Days - Spring 2020 

The dates and times of Registration Days at the Cambridge College hub are as follows:

Monday 13th January 2020
Morning Session:               10.30am - 12noon
Afternoon Session:            1.30pm - 3pm
Thursday 16th January 2020
Morning Session:               10.30am - 12noon
Afternoon Session:            1.30pm - 3pm

Recovery College East 
128-130 Tenison Road
T. 01223 227510

Registration days provide the opportunity for you to hear about the courses on offer and to book a place on the courses that interest you.  Support will be available, should you need it, to help you make your selection and complete the registration form.

There is no need to book a place for the Registration Days, however it is essential that you arrive at the college in time for the start of a session so that you don’t miss out on hearing important information about the college.

The letter sent to Recovery College students, along with a poster, regarding the Cambridge Registration Days are both available to download from the bottom of this page.

The Peterborough College hub is moving to a new venue in central Peterborough.  Due to this move we will be starting our courses later than usual.  We will be contacting all of our students in January with information as to where to find us, when our registration events will be taking place and to invite you along to see our new space.  Thank you for your patience during this transitional period.  We look forward to welcoming you to the new College site.



About Recovery College East

Recovery College East provides a collaborative, educational learning environment and aims to convey messages of hope, empowerment and opportunity to all.  It celebrates strengths and successes rather than highlighting deficits or problems.

Whether you want to develop new skills or increase your understanding of mental health challenges, you will find that the college is a relaxed, friendly place to learn, with lots of support on hand if you should need it.

Who can attend?

Recovery College East offers courses to:

  • Anyone over the age of 18 who has received, or is currently receiving, secondary services from CPFT
  • Their supporters (family, friends and loved ones)
  • CPFT staff, volunteers and students on placement
  • Staff and those who receive services from our co-production partner organisations.

There is no fee and no entry requirements, but people do need to register with the college before attending any courses.

How do I register to attend courses at the college?

Any person who wishes to attend courses at the college does not need to be referred.  However all students, both new or returning, need to register each term for the courses that are available throughout that term.  We publish the timetable and prospectus online during our registration week at the beginning of each term.  Students can choose to attend one of our registration day sessions at the start of a term or they can register later in the term by completing a registration form and sending it to the college.

Who runs the courses?

All courses are co-produced and co-delivered, involving at least one person with lived experience of mental health challenges. The college values the expertise gained from lived experience equally with that derived from professional training.

What sort of courses are available?

Courses vary in length from one-off workshops to those that take place weekly for a number of weeks. Courses currently on offer come under the headings: moving forward, the road to recovery, and developing knowledge and skills. The range of courses available each term will vary as the college responds to the demands of its students.

Where are the courses held?

The college has two hubs: one in Cambridge and one in Peterborough. See below for the addresses for each hub. We also occasionally run courses at various community and CPFT venues across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Is there a timetable and prospectus of courses?

Yes, we publish a Timetable and Prospectus at the beginning of each new term, during the week of our Registration Days. Our Autumn 2019 Timetable and Prospectus will be available at each college hub during our Registration Days and they are also available via the links at the bottom of this page.


Recovery College East News

Speak Your Mind magazine (issue 8) out now

The autumn issue of Speak Your Mind magazine is out now, and in this issue there is a special focus on what the future holds for health care. 

The days when padded cells, straight-jackets, lobotomies and life-long containment in squalid institutions were used to manage mental health challenges are fortunately long behind us but, we ask, where are we now and where are we going? We are living in uncertain times at the moment, but positive changes are being made and in this issue we are able to ask the questions:

  • Is mental health a human right?
  • Do we have the right to say no to medication?
  • Do we have employment rights at work or the right to access services?

We address the issue from all angles and also take a look at how developments in technology are changing the approach to health care. 

You can download a copy of issue eight from the further information section at the bottom of this page, where you can also view copies of all previous issues.

If you have any questions then please e-mail us at SYMmagazine@cpft.nhs.uk.

The Power of Language

Our new webpage provides an insight into 'The Power of Language' - the impact it can have on someone's recovery and resilience and how it affects stigma, particularly in connection with mental and physical health. Sharon Gilfoyle has written a very thought-provoking article entitled: 'Mind your language' (available to download from the Power of Language webpage) and we invite you to try the 'Mind your language' challenge for yourself.

RCE features in national briefing paper

Recovery College East has featured in a national review of recovery colleges. Sharon Gilfoyle, Head of Recovery and Resilience,  contributed to a briefing paper entitled 'Recovery Colleges - 10 Years On' produced by  Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC). Endorsements from students at RCE are included such as “The Recovery College is ‘food for the soul’ and whenever I come to the College I feel nurtured, valued and energised! Thank you.”  Download the briefing paper below. 




Recovery Stories - our publication

Some of our Recovery College East students have been involved in the publication of this fantastic new book, Road to Recovery: Our Stories of Hope.

In the book, there are some inspirational stories describing the incredible journeys people have taken on their road to recovery. We've been truly humbled putting these stories together and we hope you can experience some of that inspiration when you read them.

You can download a free copy from the bottom of this page.  Alternatively, we now have printed versions available for you to buy that are just £5 each. If you'd like to buy a copy, you can send a cheque for £5 payable to Recovery College East to our Peterborough address at the bottom of this page, or you can pop into either of our colleges, in Cambridge or Peterborough, to buy one. (Addresses for the college sites are at the bottom of this page.) We hope you enjoy it! 

Please see the latest SROI report on the peer worker page here

Recovery College East Video

Students, partners and staff have put together this fantastic video about the college, talking about their experiences and what it means to them. Check it out below.

"Not once before or on the course were people asked about the label that is often attached to their psychiatric experiences or their medication. I was amazed and thrilled at this freeing experience. I could just be me, which gave me reassurance and strength to grow in myself and in my relationships with others."

Peer employment student

Contact us


Recovery College East (Cambridge)

128-130 Tenison Road

T 01223 227510
E recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk

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The page was last updated on 13 January 2020 by terry.protheroe.


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