Autumn 2019 Registration Days

Please see below for the dates and times of our Registration Days for each college hub.  Posters about the Registration Days are available to download from the bottom of this page.



Monday 9th September 2019
  Morning Session:     10.30am - 12noon
  Afternoon Session:  1.30pm - 3pm

Monday 9th September 2019
  Morning Session:     10.30am - 12noon
  Afternoon Session:  1.30pm - 3pm

Thursday 12th September 2019
  Morning Session:     10.30am - 12noon
  Afternoon Session:  1.30pm - 3pm

Thursday 12th September 2019
  Morning Session:     10.30am - 12noon
  Afternoon Session:  1.30pm - 3pm

  Recovery College East,
  128-130 Tenison Road,
  Cambridge CB1 2DP

Recovery College East,
  Silver Birch, Gloucester Centre,
  Morpeth Close, Peterborough PE2 7JU

These days provide the opportunity for you to hear about the courses on offer and to book a place on the courses that interest you.  Support will be available, should you need it, to help you make your selection and complete the registration form.

There is no need to book a place for the Registration Days but please ensure that you come to the college in time for the start of a session so that you don’t miss out on hearing about the courses we have on offer.

Our Timetable and Prospectus for the Autumn Term 2019 has now been published, which can be downloaded via the links at the bottom of the page.  If you are unable to attend any of our registration sessions please complete a registration form, also available below, 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.

Recovery College East News

Speak Your Mind magazine (issue 7) out now

With a special focus on all things anxiety, this issue looks at the vast range of ways this health challenge can affect individuals and their lives and the fact that, probably more than other mental health challenges, anxiety can present as largely physical symptoms.

Our feature on this very matter looks at what those symptoms may be and how you can learn to manage them to avoid the viscous cycle where the mental anxiety causes physical symptoms and the physical symptoms cause mental anxiety. Anxiety is a whole-body experience.

This summer issue as a whole takes a look at the connection between mind and body, including the benefits of physical activity on mental health, and the wealth of research demonstrating the connection between mental and physical health.

You can download a copy of issue seven from the further information section at the bottom of this page, where you can also view copies of all previous issues.

If you have any questions then please e-mail us at

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.

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 2019 Timetable and Prospectus will be available at each college hub during our Registration Days and they are also 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 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 746662


Recovery College East (Cambridge)

128-130 Tenison Road

T 01223 227510

The page was last updated on 11 September 2019 by terry.protheroe.


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Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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