Local recovery college invites new students

by CWP News - 24 March 2016

A new round of free workshops are due to begin next month (April), having already helped turn lives around for local people with long term health conditions.

West Recovery College, run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), offers recovery focused courses and workshops to help people gain an understanding of their health as well as develop new skills and interests.

The activities on offer range from crafts to tai chi as well as workshops designed to help people recognise and reduce symptoms of conditions such as depression and anxiety. Other courses include exploring the positives of volunteering in your community and understanding benefits.

The courses are run by CWP staff and volunteers who share their experiences and journey in recovery.

Charlotte Rowlands, a volunteer at the college, says, “I first started in Recovery College as a volunteer. I have done a number of roles including: supporting students, promoting the college at events, meeting and greeting students, developing prospectus content, supporting sessions using my lived experience as a mental health service user and on one occasion I was asked to take part in an interview panel for a new member of staff.”

“I would like other people to feel hopeful that it is possible to live a meaningful life, it is possible to set and achieve new goals and to build a life beyond illness. The recovery college can help you to rebuild your confidence and help you move forward in your recovery journey.”

To find out more about the next round of courses please call 01244 385 022 or email cwp.recoverycollege@nhs.net

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