Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Tuesday 31 March 2020

New Online course: "Coping during the pandemic"

The team at Recovery College Online (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust) have created a useful and comprehensive resource around coping with all aspects on life during the current pandemic. Click the link below to access the course in a new window:

Recovery College Online - Coronavirus Course

“This is a worrying time for everyone. If you experience mental health difficulties, you might find it even more challenging. This course has been created to give you information about current guidance, and links to the most up to date advice, as well as exploring how you might be feeling, what you can do to support your mental health at this time, how to best manage a period of self-isolation and support other people you know, including children and young people.” 

We would like to thank the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Recovery College Online team for making this course freely available to everyone.

Monday 16 March 2020

Recovery College East closed until further notice

Following advice from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and as a proactive response to Coronavirus (Covid-19), Recovery College East has cancelled, with immediate effect, all of its current courses and temporarily closing. Further to this, the Open Days scheduled for the new Peterborough College, later this month,  have also been cancelled.

The safety of college students and our staff is of utmost importance to us at this time and we appreciate your continued understanding around the current temporary closure.

We will of course contact you when the college is scheduled to re-open etc. and will endeavour to keep our recovery college web pages up to date with any new information in relation to the closure.  Please note that during this time, and to enable the college staff team to support colleagues in other services across the Trust, there will be no one available to answer general enquiries in relation to the college via email or telephone during the closure. In light of this we would advise all students to regularly check into our web pages for any further updates.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding and look forward to welcoming you back to the college when we are in a position to be able to re-open.

With kind regards
The Recovery College Team 


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 9) out now

The winter issue of Speak Your Mind magazine is out now. 

This issue, we have put a special focus on children and young people and the challenges faced by them in modern times. There are a number of factors impacting on children’s mental health, including social media and the pressure on children to present their perfect lives to the world, and this issue we take a look at those factors and how we can address them.

We also take a look at the role of the parents in supporting children with health challenges, emphasising the importance of talking, as well as a number of other factors that can help.

Sometimes though, the roles are reversed, and the child/young person becomes the carer rather than the cared-for. Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. Following Young Carers Awareness Day, we take a look at some of the obstacles faced and support available.here’s plenty more to read about in this winter issue, including the benefits of singing on wellbeing; an interview with the Every Mind Matters team; the benefits of group therapy; and how to make a complaint.

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

Want to Speak Your Mind?

Involvement opportunities

Are you aware of a service or local event that would be good to bring to attention? Have an area of passion or expertise that you want to share with others? Want to share your personal story or the activities and techniques that keep you well? Then we would love to work with you to bring your insight to our readers.

Volunteer opportunities

If you would like to contribute to Speak Your Mind on a regular basis or have an area of expertise or interest, then we have a range of opportunities, including but not limited to the following:

  • News correspondent
  • Physical health correspondent
  • Young/Older persons correspondent
  • Poetry, quotes, artwork correspondent
  • Features writer
  • Anything else?

Get in touch with us at the email address below for an application form.

For more information email: 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 31 March 2020 by terry.protheroe.


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