Student Voice

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We will help you with any needs that we are able to make reasonable adjustments for: this might be larger print handouts, text reminders about courses, providing a buddy for you or anything else we can help you with.

We ask you to attend and make full use of the resources available to you. You will fill out an Individual Learning Plan so you can establish some goals to work towards and we have a sense of what you would like to achieve with us.

We hold our courses at venues that are as close as we can get to a further education environment. We usually provide refreshment during the breaks. 

We ask that you engage with the learning process as much as possible and abide by the code of conduct which revolves around respect for others.


Student experience

"Hello! My name is Hazel and I consider myself extremely lucky to have experienced several of the Recovery College Courses. I would highly recommend them to others, especially anyone on a personal journey towards more positive health and well being.

The Courses offer a great variety in content, style and in length. From a one off philosophical session on ‘The Meaning of Life’, to two tasty weeks of ‘Food and Mood’ (with a shared lunch!), eight theory based  weeks of athletic ‘Exercise Albion’, six creative weeks of ‘Writing for Recovery’ to a full ten week, skills packed journey towards ‘Recovery’, and many more!

All of the Courses have a common thread running through them. Which is I feel is their biggest strength. This is that Course Leaders, both Peer Trainers and Professionals have warm and compassionate personalities; working together to deliver amazing Courses. Peer Trainers demonstrate a vast wealth of ‘money can’t buy’ lived experience; creating inspiring and down to earth learning experiences. Our skilled Professionals impart in depth research theories in an accessible and non- patronising way. Courses are often fun and uplifting, and always welcoming

Friendships and shared experience from classmates helped glue the courses together where an atmosphere of mutual support was fostered as we learned from one another.

The ‘Recovery’ Course team deserve a special mention for going the extra mile. Not only for their wide range of creative teaching methods, rapport, and infectious enthusiasm and support. . . . . . but for their extraordinary and delicious cake baking skills!

My only complaint is that the Courses weren’t long enough! I would like to thank everyone involved with the Recovery College. ‘Thank-You!’ Both for the ‘R C Experience’ and knowledge, and the take home skills. I hope to go on to train as a peer supporter, and to stay in touch with the Recovery College team as I progress."

Hazel Lambe

Graduation Speech   Friday 22nd November 2013   

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Questions about a Course?

If you have any questions about courses what should you do?

On this site we have a list of Peer Trainers and their contact details. it would be best to contact them or you could contact the office and one f our admin staff could hopefully answer your questions.

A lot of the information about the courses are in the prospectus or on this site. For other more general questions there is our Frequently asked Questions which is on our main menu bar above

Popular Courses


  • Coping with Bipolar, This course will cover coping with Bipolar using a range of skills including mood monitoring, identifying triggers and stressors in your own illness.Find out more
  • Coping Strategies and Problem Solving, This course aims to give people skills to manage problems and cope with situations in a more effective way. Find out more
  • Discharge to Recovery, Students will have the opportunity to share their feelings and gain group support about discharge from hospital, a chance to share what has been helpful with there recovery and an increased awareness of where to gain information about community resources available to them.Find out more
  • A Guide to Planning your Recovery, Each week will focus on a different topic, including some theory, helpful tools and advice, and a variety of practical or creative activities such as mindfulness meditation, making a well-being collage. Situated in a Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings.Find out more




  • Happiness, Through fun topics and engaging activities you can explore the ten keys to happier living and learn new practical ways that can increase our overall levels of happiness. This course is available in both Eastbourne and Hastings.Find out more
  • Increasing your self esteem and being more confident, This course will involve exploring what esteem is, where it comes from and what maintains our low self esteem. We will explore various ways we may be able to improve our self esteem. Find out more
  • Navigating Mental Health Services, Have you ever wondered how mental health services actually work locally? Or what treatments might be available to meet your needs and what all those acronyms mean? Find out more
  • Managing depression, This course will examine treatments such as CBT, talking therapies, coping strategies such as self help techniques, creativity, nutrition, sleep, relapse prevention and relationship issues.Find out more


  • Poetry for Recovery, You will be able to share personal experiences and relationships with other class members through reading, writing and creative skills. Weekly exercises using sounds, words, pictures collage and movement create the poetry or prose in the class.Find out more
  • Understanding Psychosis,This course helps you to make sense of and cope with psychotic symptoms. It explores the causes of psychosis and wht helps It is delivered by a psychiatrist, psychologist and peer trainer.Find out more
  • Returning to learning, This course will cover researching, note taking, reading and writing skills, planning your study, time management, and presentations, along with learning styles, and dealing with exams.Find out more
  • Wellbeing in the wild, This course offers opportunities for students to learn practical woodcraft and other creative woodland activities.Find out more