Lincolnshire Recovery College

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The Lincolnshire Recovery College offers free educational courses on mental health and wellbeing, to anyone aged 16+.

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.

Due to Coronavirus and the ongoing restrictions, the Lincolnshire Recovery College is currently delivering all courses online via Microsoft Teams. We offer a range of courses with helpful tips for students to try out at home. Enrol now for our Winter term (starting 3rd November 2020) by filling out the Recovery College application form online. 

You can access our courses and support online. To find out more, click the buttons below.

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Recovery College students from last term said:

“It was very informative but also easy to follow.  I learnt a lot from it.”

“I always feel better for attending.”

“Lots of useful information, strategies and examples that I can use with informal and friendly presenters.”

“Ed and Emma are such knowledgeable and down to earth people who instantly put you at ease. I’ve slowly been incorporating some of the helpful tips that I’ve learnt from the courses."

Meet the team

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

Kathryn Hopkins - Deputy AHP and Recovery College Service Development Lead

Kathryn trained as an occupational therapist in 2006 and has worked in the Trust in clinical practice as an occupational therapist and as a ward manager until starting work with the Recovery College in 2019.  Kathryn is passionate about listening to the story of those with lived experience of mental illness and supporting opportunities for stories of resilience and recovery to reduce the stigma of mental illness.  As an occupational therapist, Kathryn is keen to empower people to overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities that matter to them.

In her spare time, Kathryn really enjoys being a mum and the countryside living - trying to live “the good life” with an allotment, chickens, sheep and horses.

Emma Taylor - Recovery College Coordinator

Emma loved teaching music in secondary schools and broadening the horizons of socially-disadvantaged pupils. Following an episode of mental ill-health, triggered by work-related stress, Emma recognised the need to change her job although retained her passion for teaching. Emma’s current post allows her to combine her teaching expertise and lived experience of mental ill-health to role-model the College's core ethos surrounding Hope, Control and Opportunity.

Emma is passionate about challenging stigma and unhelpful attitudes towards mental ill-health both within and outside the NHS.

In her spare time Emma enjoys composing music, looking after her chickens and rehabilitating hedgehogs.

Ed Stables - Recovery College Occupational Therapist

Ed 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.

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.

John Dwane – Volunteer

John took early retirement from the library service after nearly 30 years, and now enjoys using his forty-five years’ experience of mental ill-health to help others.

At the Recovery College, John helps deliver the Bouncing Back! Mental Health Resilience course. John also proofreads documents for the College.

Coronavirus update

Due to Coronavirus and the ongoing restrictions we are delivering our courses online via Microsoft Teams.

We will resume classroom teaching when it is safe and practical to do so.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Recovery College application form

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

Contact details

Phone: 01522 518500

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