It’s only recently I started hearing about the Recovery College model. The concept “builds on the national drive to create a society where people with mental health difficulties have access to the same opportunities in life as everyone else”
Read more about the CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
In Reading I am part of on-going discussions with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Reading Borough Council and the clinical commissioning groups to see how voluntary sector providers could be involved.
Put simply, the college model brings together a prospectus of workshops for mental health services user, their carers and staff who support them. Workshops aim to support recovery, build understanding and promote wellbeing. They can be as diverse as
- understanding MH diagnoses such as bipolar disorder and personality disorder
- understanding MH medication
- managing stress
- creativity and wellbeing
- going into employment and volunteering in recovery
- managing your money
Workshops are delivered jointly by peer trainers and practitioners.
If we go down this route in Reading, there would be opportunities for voluntary sector providers to get involved in the delivery of some workshops. Only recently I was talking to someone about the classes that she runs using recycled materials to make bags and baskets – we both said that making something new out of old materials, in the company of other people, can be very therapeutic. I also know that walking helps me to feel so much better when the going gets tough – walking groups could be in the prospectus.
Watch this space to hear how this ideas develops!!