Lincolnshire Recovery College

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Hello and welcome to Lincolnshire Recovery College!

Are you finding life challenging or supporting someone who is? Do you want to learn from people with real life experience of mental health challenges, as well as education and health professionals? If so, the Lincolnshire Recovery College could be for you.

The Lincolnshire Recovery College offers free educational courses about mental health, recovery, and wellbeing.  The College is open to anyone who is age 16+ and lives, works or studies in Lincolnshire.

Take a look at our courses and then check the timetable to find out when they are being run.  We continue to deliver all courses online via Microsoft Teams.

To attend, please complete the registration form and we will be in touch with more information about your booked courses. If you would like more information or are unsure about which courses may be helpful to you, please do contact us either by phone or email.

A new term is about to begin! Click the buttons below to view our courses and timetable for 6th June to 22nd July.

Join us for our next Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Student Forum

We want to know what issues are important to you, what you would like to learn, or perhaps what you wish others knew about certain Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues.

Our courses are intended to be inclusive and engaging, created by a mix of people with lived experience of mental health and wellbeing challenges and qualified professionals from health and education.

We are looking to expand the range of courses we offer and are keen to co-develop new courses around equality, diversity and inclusion. However, we need to know what issues to focus on and what is important to you...

Please join us for our next EDI Student Forum on Friday 8th July 2022 at 12pm! Join the online forum meeting

Discussions from our last forum highlighted issues around:

  • Stigma and discrimination in mental health
  • Invisible and visible illnesses
  • Sizeism
  • Equity versus equality
  • Public convenience accessibility

If you would like to help us and learn more, email us at and we’ll be happy to chat further.

Recovery College students from last term said:

Let’s talk about it – Mental Health

“Extremely well delivered. Very interactive with contributions encouraged. Highly interesting statistics that both shocked and intrigued me, causing me to research further to expand my knowledge. People delivering the session briefly discussed own experiences to an appropriate and effective extent, breaking barriers that may potentially have existed. Everyone felt comfortable to contribute to the session.

"Regardless of what stage you are at with your mental health, there is useful information that makes attending more than worthwhile. Nothing short of fantastic, thank you very much.”

Drama for wellbeing workshop

“When I look back at this and last week’s session, I will smile at what we did, the ideas we covered and how the facilitators made the participants feel comfortable enough to join in.”

Dreaming of a better sleep

“Everyone contributed their own experiences, struggles and tips. I am normally shy to contribute but felt comfortable contributing in this session. It felt very inclusive, especially as the trainers contributed their own struggles/challenges.

"The course was engaging in topic and there was space to discuss constantly throughout, which I found very useful and helpful. The session felt respectful and non-judgemental - a safe space to explore the topic and share.”

Creative Connections

“A fantastic session! It was really good to see other people’s creativity and what enjoyment they get out of it. Both tutors were really encouraging of all the creations that were displayed and it makes you want to go out and create something!”

Our teaching team consists of people with lived experience of mental illness, qualified teachers and trainers and experienced health professionals. 


Sara Brewin - Service Manager for Allied Health Professionals, Recovery and Inclusion

Sara Brewin.jpgSara started her LPFT career in 2003 as a Community Support Worker in one of the adult Community Mental Health Teams and then in 2011 qualified as an Occupational Therapist.

Sara is very passionate about mental health, recovery and inclusion, and very much values the role that collaborative working plays in a person’s recovery. Actively working alongside the Recovery College for many years, Sara champions and supports the fantastic work the college does.

Outside of work, Sara enjoys being a mum, spending time with family and friends, and going on local walks to keep her mind happy and healthy.


Amy Day - Recovery College Manager

Amy_Day.jpgAmy has worked in NHS mental health services for over 20 years. With a background and training in health and wellbeing, recovery and teaching, she is keen to continue to work with the Recovery College team, volunteers and students to provide an inclusive and collaborative service. 

She considers the College to be a valuable community asset which provides people with the opportunity to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing to enable people to live well in their communities.  She believes in the College’s ethos of celebrating strengths, inspiring hope, creating opportunities, and learning together.


Ed Stables - Recovery College Occupational Therapist

Ed_Stables_photo.jpgEd initially completed an apprenticeship in cabinet-making but personal experience of mental ill-health led to a change of direction and career.

He wanted to combine his practical and creative skills with an interest in fostering health and wellbeing. He re-trained as an occupational therapist and has subsequently worked for 23 years as an OT within mental health in a variety of in-patient and community settings.

Ed has always been keen to share his knowledge and skills and he remains passionate about the importance of doing meaningful activities as both the means and essence of recovery.


John Bowtell – Recovery College Drama Worker

John_Bowtell.jpegJohn’s background is as a theatre director, collaborating with other artists in arts and health and community theatre. He has worked for over 20 years in the NHS in roles including dramatherapist and is interested in how we can use creativity to develop our roles to act in everyday life. He trains internationally in Developmental Transformations (DvT), a practice helping capacity for playfulness and draws on personal experience of the cycles of wellness, illness and recovery in his own life and family background.


Roland Martino - Recovery College Peer Trainer

Roland initially trained in Industrial Design and Technology prior to teaching Design and Technology in secondary schools.

He enjoyed encouraging children to be imaginative and creative helping them to reach their full potential. He has also worked in a variety of other roles, including as a design technician and managing his own window-cleaning business.

Roland enjoys using his practical skills to design and make his own products ranging from furniture to toys. Recently he has expanded his skills learning to use a 3D printer. He has also coached basketball clubs and enjoys cycling, walking and a variety of other sports.

Building on his own experiences with mental ill-health, Roland is keen to help others with similar challenges, enabling them to find effective coping strategies as he has.


Alex Harris - Recovery College Peer Trainer

Alex_Harris.jpgAlex joined the Recovery College in 2021, having moved into the areas of psychology and counselling after many years working in education.

She has a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing, especially in relation to how nature and creativity can help to facilitate growth in our own recovery journey.

As part of her own strategies for maintaining wellbeing, Alex enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, woodland and countryside walks, and challenging herself through her own learning and development.


Daniel Fleshbourne - Recovery College Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant

Daniel_Fleshbourne.jpgDaniel originally trained in Information Technology and started his career as a technology evangelist writing news and hardware reviews for a large online media organisation.

Due to a family member having a long-term disability, Daniel decided to switch focus and became a full-time unpaid carer to support them. Over time, this has led him to work with local NHS services, local charities and other organisations to help them better understand and offer support to unpaid carers in Lincolnshire. He is passionate about enabling and supporting other unpaid carers to be recognised and valued for the vital role they provide in caring for other people and for all carers to have the knowledge, tools and skills to be able to support their own health and wellbeing, preventing themselves from becoming unwell due to their caring role.

Daniel’s aim is to share his own lived experiences to support the growth of the Lincolnshire Recovery College and share its vision of hope, empowerment, and collaboration. Daniel believes in giving learners a safe space to explore topics that are important to them and learn about the effects it can have on their own physical and mental health. He strives to empower people to choose their own path to wellness and wellbeing.


Darcey Woods - Senior Peer Support Worker

Darcey_Woods.jpgDarcey started her career with LPFT in 2018 as a Peer Support Worker on mental health rehabilitation wards. She has always had a passion for working within mental health, and credits this to her own personal experiences and learning through her career. Darcey left the ward and began working at CAMHS in 2019 where she stayed up until joining the Recovery College.

Darcey has always been driven by advocacy and service user satisfaction and hopes to continue using her experiences of mental health and services to help others whilst in her role with the Recovery College. Being a Peer Support Worker means that Darcey has an ongoing recovery journey with her mental health and maintains her wellbeing by getting enough sleep, seeing loved ones and through work.

Darcey is keen to empower and instil hope in others, firmly believing that you can succeed at anything in life, regardless of whether you have mental health challenges. She is committed to breaking down stigma and barriers.


Helen Bussey - Volunteer

Helen originally trained as a physiotherapist and subsequently moved into education when she started her family. Helen enjoyed working with children with special educational needs to enable them to access mainstream education. 

Following an episode of mental ill-health, Helen decided to retire early and now enjoys helping at the College, supporting people on their recovery journey, as she herself was supported during her illness.


Abi Burgess – Part Time Administrator

Abi_Burgess.jpgAbi has a background in customer service and sales. Since 2013 she was a Mortuary Technician in various NHS trusts and later a Coroners Officer.  Due to ill health and knowing that her wellbeing was compromised, she decided on a new life course which meant changing her career completely.

Abi believes that her past experience working with the bereaved has helped her understand how important mental health and wellbeing is.  Along with hiking and walking, she draws mandalas as a creative outlet.

1. Are the courses free?

Yes! All our courses are free and the Microsoft Teams app is free to download.

2. Who can come on the courses?

Anyone aged 16 or over and who is a citizen of Lincolnshire can sign up with the Recovery College and you don’t need to be involved with mental health services. Many of our students are or have been supported by mental health services, however carers, health professionals, students and friends and family also benefit from learning with us. No referrals from health professionals are needed.

3. How many courses can I take?

We recommend you choose courses that will be most relevant and of benefit to your health and wellbeing.  We would suggest no more than between 5-7 per half term to allow you to spread out your learning and put into practice any tips or changes you may wish to try.

4. Do I need any qualifications? Will I have to take any tests at the College?

No, you don’t need any qualifications to learn with us, nor will you have to take any tests.

5. How many other people will be on the course with me?

We try to limit the amount of online learners to around 10 per course, as we find learners benefit from smaller sized groups. However, due to circumstances and demand this may vary occasionally.

6. How do I enrol at the College?

Fill in the online registration form and we’ll contact you to book onto courses.

If you require any help or support to complete the application form, please call 01522 518500 (Monday to Friday 9am-2.30pm) and we will be happy to complete the form over the telephone with you.

7. During online courses, do I need to have the device camera on?

We would prefer it if you can as it easier for staff to be able to engage with you.

Please do switch your camera on if you are able to but remember to switch it off if you require a break.

8. What should I do if I need to cancel a session?

Places on our courses are limited and many of our sessions become fully booked. If you’re unable to attend a booked session, we ask that you please contact the College via email at the earliest opportunity so we can offer your place to another student on our waiting list. 

If you don’t attend a booked session and don’t let us know in advance, we may cancel your remaining bookings. You’ll be able to re-book should you wish to continue learning with us.

Registration process

If you require assistance with completing the registration form or have any questions, please contact the team using the details below. 

Contact details

Phone: 01522 518500 (Monday - Friday 9am-2:30pm)

New courses this term

Living well with perfectionism

Do you put excessive pressure on yourself to perform to an extremely high standard in every activity you take part in? 

Do you expect the same from others?

Understanding why we have the need for things to be 'perfect' can be the first step to learning to manage perfectionism better. 

Upcoming dates: Tuesday 12th July 2pm and Tuesday 19th July 2pm

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