Issue 4 of Speak Your Mind now available

The September issue of Speak Your Mind is out now.

Created by people with their own experiences of mental or physical health challenges, this issue draws on that personal experience like never before.

The Recovery College’s own Danny Bowyer draws on his personal experience of wanting to take his own life, as well as his role as a peer support worker, to offer some invaluable advice on what to do when someone who is considering taking their own life opens up to you. As a male with personal experience, he also takes a look at what makes men more likely to take their own lives than women, as highlighted by the recent Project 84, spearheaded by Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which raised awareness of the fact that 84 men take their own lives every single week in the UK. Speak Your Mind takes a look at some of the reasons behind these statistics.

Meanwhile, contributor Matt Rose highlights the frequently unrecognised link between mental health and homelessness. He tells his own story of living on the streets and how it affected his mental wellness and vice versa.

Inspiration can be found in many other contributors this issue, who talk about their personal journeys towards recovery and their wellness tools, including everything from blackout poetry and photography to sea glass craft activities and even the creation of mental health superheroes!

The September issue also includes:

  • News
  • Events 
  • Poetry and artwork
  • Research
  • Equality and diversity
  • Profiles
  • Sources of support and information

You can download a copy of this issue from the further information section at the bottom of this page.

For any enquiries or to get involved e-mail


Autumn term at Recovery College East

25 September 2018: Please note that Peterborough Recovery College East has spaces left on the following courses:

  • Journey to meaningful activity
  • Telling my story
  • Decluttering for a calmer home
  • Magazine workshop
  • Introduction to recovery
  • Money matters
  • Becoming more assertive
  • Rhythm of life
  • Combatting stigma
  • Interview panel training

Cambridge Recovery College has spaces on the following:

  • Interview panel training
  • Combatting stigma
  • Journaling and scrapbooking
  • Magazine workshop  

If you would like to attend our courses, please complete a registration form, also available to download from the bottom of this page, and return it to us via e-mail to or post it to the appropriate address listed below.

Autumn 2018 timetable and prospectus

Our autumn 2018 timetable and prospectus are now available to download from 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 RCE Student Registration Form 2018 (also available to download from the bottom of the page, in both Word format, for those who wish to complete the form electronically, and also in PDF format). Please return your completed for to us by e-mail to or alternatively post it to the appropriate recovery college address (see below).


Recovery College East News

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.

We are also holding two workshops for CPFT Staff in December.  Please see the details on our new webpage and feel free to contact the Recovery College Team for more information or to book your place.

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.



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 2018 Timetable and Prospectus are now available to download via the links at the bottom of this page.


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 (Peterborough)

Silver Birch
Gloucester Centre
Morpeth Close
Orton Longueville

T 01733 746660 or 01733 746662


Recovery College East (Cambridge)

128-130 Tenison Road

T 01223 227510

The page was last updated on 25 September 2018 by andrea.bateman.


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