Our new Cambridge venue

Our Cambridge college moved to 128-130 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 get to RCE Cambridge', available at the bottom of the page, for directions.

Recovery College East News

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.

Issue 3 of Speak Your Mind magazine now out

The new issue of Speak Your Mind magazine is out now! You can download a copy from the further information section at the bottom of this page.

Created for people with mental and long-term physical health challenges, by people with their own challenges, the May 2018 issue of Speak Your Mind takes a close look at life for those who are not only battling health matters but also other personal circumstances that affect their health.

“One of the key issues brought to our attention by readers is that of dual diagnosis,” says Kelly Mansfield, Editor of Speak Your Mind. “This isn’t a term that is recognised by many and, it seems, even amongst professionals there is uncertainty about what it means.” The term is actually used to refer to people who have both mental health challenges and challenges around substance misuse – both of which carry a certain amount of stigma. “We hope that by addressing the issue we will get people talking about dual diagnosis and help to raise awareness,” says Kelly.

Those who care for people with mental or physical health challenges are also frequently misunderstood or underestimated. That is, they play a significant role in the lives of those they care for but also have needs and their own health to consider. This issue reaches out to those people, looking at what a carer is and the support available.

Speak Your Mind, deemed a “great piece of work” by readers, is now in its third issue, all of which are available to view at the bottom of this page. The May 2018 issue also covers:

  • The latest news and developments
  • Events, groups and workshops taking place this spring
  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Staying well at work
  • The use of music as a wellness tool
  • Personal stories
  • Poetry and artwork
  • Book reviews
  • Sources of further help and information


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 as a student is available on the 'Registration and enrolment' webpageIn brief, each term all students should fill in either the New Student Registration Form or the Returning Student Registration Form, as appropriate.  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 Prospectus at the beginning of each new term, ready for our Registration Days. Our Summer 2018 Timetable and Prospectus is now available via the links at the bottom of the age.

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! 




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 19 June 2018 by terry.protheroe.


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