*** Students launch new magazine ***

A new magazine for people experiencing mental and long-term physical health challenges has been launched by Recovery College East. Produced by people with their own experiences of health challenges, Speak Your Mind magazine has been created not only to give people access to the wealth of support and information out there, but also to give readers the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. That might be through telling their personal story in the magazine, explaining their approach to wellness or sharing a poem they find inspirational.

Importantly, the magazine will also join the fight to eradicate stigma around mental health and raise awareness. Editor Kelly Mansfield said: “Since we began working on the magazine we have had the chance to speak to and work with not just the traditional expertise of organisations/professionals working in the field of mental health – but of first-hand experts – people with lived experience of health challenges. And they’ve been able to share with us exactly what they need and would like from a magazine.”

Speak Your Mind will include:

  • News and developments
  • A calendar of upcoming events, support groups and workshops
  • Interviews with professionals/campaigners/ organisations
  • Personal stories
  • Comment pieces
  • Current issues
  • Wellness tools
  • Research
  • Financial issues
  • Web/book reviews
  • Interactive pages, including wordsearches, mindfulness colouring pages, etc.
  • A directory of information sources

Speak Your Mind is a free resource, available to download here.

Autumn Term 2017

Timetable & Course List

Our Autumn 2017 Timetable & Course List are now available from the college and via the links at the bottom of this page.

If you were unable to attend our Registration Days but would like to attend any courses this term please complete the appropriate registration form (available at the bottom of the page) and send it to us by email or post.  As many of our courses are very popular we would recommend applying as soon as possible.

Registration Days

We were delighted to welcome over 100 students to our Registration Days, which were held during the second week of September and provided the opportunity for both new and returning students to hear about the courses on offer and to book a place on the courses that interested them.



  • Co-production Events will be held in both Cambridge and Peterborough throughout the Autumn Term.
  • We are also pleased to be able to offer a course on 'Setting Up A Group' to our students in Wisbech.

Please see below for further details.  If you would like to attend any of these sessions then please email us at recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk to confirm your place or, if you would like more information, please call the Recovery College Team on either Cambridge: 01223 227510 or Peterborough:  01733 748394


Venues for the Co-production Events:

Cambridge: Burwell Room, Block 14, Ida Darwin, Fulbourn CB21 5EE
Peterborough: Recovery College East, Gloucester Centre, Morpeth Close, Orton Longueville, Peterborough, PE2 7JU

Events will be held in both Cambridge and Peterborough, on three separate days in each location, with two separate sessions held on each day. 

We are keen to involve CPFT staff, staff from our partner organisations, recovery college students and anyone else with relevant lived experience, bringing together both professional and lived experience expertise.  Please join us if you feel you can contribute in any way, you can choose to attend for the whole day or just individual sessions.

These workshops aim to look at the key areas that would be helpful to develop into new courses to be delivered through the Recovery College.  Your expertise will be highly valued and will ensure that we deliver courses that are meaningful, allow people to gain a greater understanding of the potential impact of their experience and develop relevant wellness tools to encourage resilience.  They will also aim to identify how those around the situation can offer the best support.


CPD1/1: Slips, Trips and Falls (Morning Session)

These physical occurrences can impact on our everyday lives and this session aims to look at the key areas that would be helpful to develop into a new course to be delivered through the Recovery College.

Fri 6 Oct 10am - 12.30pm Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge
Tue 26 Sep 10am - 12.30pm RCE Peterborough

CPD1/2: Chronic Fatigue (Afternoon Session)

Chronic fatigue can have a big impact on a person’s everyday life and this workshop aims to look at the key areas that would be helpful to develop into a new course to be delivered through the Recovery College.

Fri 6 Oct 1.30pm - 4pm Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge
Tue 26 Sep 1.30pm - 4pm RCE Peterborough


CPD2/1: Developing New Courses (Morning Session)

This is your opportunity to really have your say and to help us continue to move in the right direction. Please join us for this session as your expertise and input will be highly valued and help ensure that we continue to deliver courses that truly meet your needs.

Mon 6 Nov 10am - 12.30pm Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge
Tue 31 Oct 10am - 12.30pm RCE Peterborough

CPD2/2: Developing a Money Matters Workshop (Afternoon Session)

This session is about further developing of a new course that will look at money, debt, vulnerability and recognising responsibility whilst seeing how we can be more in control of our finances and how we can achieve this. This session follows on from last term’s workshop held in collaboration with Making Money Count.

Mon 6 Nov 1.30pm - 4pm Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge
Tue 31 Oct 1.30pm - 4pm RCE Peterborough


Navigating any change or transition can have its challenges and these sessions aim to bring together both professional and lived experience expertise to develop new courses.

CPD3/1: Adapting for Transition and Change for Young People (Morning Session)

This session is aimed at developing a course specifically to support young people when faced with change and will be run in conjunction with colleagues from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Fri 1 Dec 10am - 12.30pm Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge
Tue 12 Dec 10am - 12.30pm RCE Peterborough

CPD3/2: Adapting for Transition and Change for Adults (Afternoon Session)

This session is aimed at developing a course specifically to support adults when faced with change.

Fri 1 Dec 1.30pm - 4pm Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge
Tue 12 Dec 1.30pm - 4pm RCE Peterborough


Setting Up A Group (Wisbech)

Venue: Queen Mary Centre, Queen’s Road, Wisbech PE13 2PE

Recovery College East is pleased to be able to offer a course on “Setting Up A Group” to colleagues, partners and students in the Wisbech area.

This two-week course will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to effectively set up and run a group.  You may want to meet with people who share a common interest with you, set up a group for mutual peer support or use what you learn in a work setting.  The skills involved are very transferable.  Topics will include: practicalities, facilitation and learning styles and understanding group dynamics.

First Course

WIS 152/1 Tue 10 Oct 10am - 3pm Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech
WIS 152/2 Tue 17 Oct 10am - 3pm Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech

Second Course

WIS 152/1 Tue 21 Nov 10am - 3pm Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech
WIS 152/2 Tue 28 Nov 10am - 3pm Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech


Our New Cambridge Venue

Our Cambridge college moved to Tenison Road, Cambridge in November 2016.  Our new address and contact details are shown at the bottom of this page.  View the document ‘how to find us’, which is available at the bottom of the page, for directions.


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 need to register and enrol before attending.

How do I register and enrol on a course?

All the information about how to register and enrol is available here.  All students should fill in either the New Student Registration Form or the Returning Student Registration Form, as appropriate.  Both forms are available to download at the bottom of this page.

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 of courses?

Yes, we publish a Timetable and Course List at the beginning of each new term, ready for our Registration Days.  Our Autumn 2017 Timetable and Course List will be available from the college, and via the links at the bottom of this page, from week commencing Monday 11th September 2017.


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 copy here. 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! 



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
E recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk


Recovery College East (Cambridge)

128-130 Tenison Road

T 01223 227510
E recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk

The page was last updated on 02 November 2017 by terry.protheroe.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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