Spring Term 2018

Timetable and Prospectus (course list)

Our Spring 2018 Timetable and Prospectus (Course List) has now been published and is available to download from the bottom of this page.  If you interested in attending any of our courses but are unable to attend one of our registration sessions please complete a registration form, also available to download from the bottom of this page, and return it to us by email to recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk or alternatively post it to the appropriate address (see below).

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 ***

Issue 2 of Speak Your Mind magazine now out

The new issue of Speak Your Mind magazine is out now! Created for people with mental and long-term physical health challenges, by people with their own challenges, this issue Speak Your Mind takes a look at how mental and physical health have become considered two separate entities when, in fact, one doesn’t operate without the other.

“When we consider how we experience the world around us it is clear to see that our minds and bodies are unified. The things we touch, taste, see, hear and smell all rely on our brain’s ability to feed back,” says author of this feature, Danny Bowyer.

Launched in October 2017, Speak Your Mind has been extremely well received by readers and other health organisations alike, who have recognised the need for a resource that advises, supports and, importantly, involves people with health challenges. Readers have enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in creating and contributing to the magazine too; “There’s an amazing coming together of ideas between like-minded people really driving forward together to achieve a great piece of work,” said one contributor.

Commenting on the response, Editor Kelly Mansfield said: “This second issue is made up entirely of the ideas and contributions of those who’ve attended the workshops run by Recovery College East or have been in touch since the launch of our first issue. The volume of ideas has been incredible. Please do keep your ideas and feedback coming (email symmagazine@cpft.nhs.uk).”

The January 2018 issue also covers:

  • Preparing to return to work
  • The impact of the language we use on our mental health
  • A new video game that explores mental health
  • Managing bills and avoiding debt
  • The government’s pledge to make mental health services more accessible
  • The importance of socialising on our health
  • Personal stories of recovery
  • Support groups, courses and workshops
  • All the latest news, events and developments


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 Spring 2018 Timetable and Prospectus (Course List) is now available 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 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 01 February 2018 by andrea.bateman.

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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