Lincolnshire Recovery College

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Hello and welcome to the Lincolnshire Recovery College!

Our application forms are now open for our new academic term and we look forward to learning with you. All students (whether new or returning) will need to submit a new application form for this academic year (August 20th 2021 – 22nd July 2022).

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

We continue to offer all courses online via Microsoft Teams.

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...

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 so useful for me and understanding bipolar more It was also nice to hear and speak to others about their experiences."

"It was nice to see so many others and know that I am not alone."

"I found the session very informative but relaxed. There was no pressure to get involved but everyone was encouraged to do so and always made to feel included. The content was better than expected. I really enjoyed the session!! Thanks again Ed!"

"I would be lost without these courses at the moment - so, so helpful and gives great advice and it was also nice to hear others and their experiences."

"It was delivered in a clear understandable manner."

"It was really good to have an expert by experience on the course."

The session "raised a different approach to the subject which was really comfortable to listen to and thought provoking to mull over and work with later."

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 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 has always had a passion for health and wellbeing and has a background in health and fitness, wellbeing, recovery, and teaching.  Amy has worked for the NHS for the past 20 years and over the last six years she has worked as Recovery College Coordinator in Nottinghamshire NHS Trust.  

Amy is excited to be joining the Recovery College team at LPFT and is a strong advocate of the Recovery College and its ethos of celebrating strengths, promoting self-management, agency, inspiring hope, and learning together.  

She is looking forward to discovering more about the Lincolnshire Recovery College and working with the team and the students to continue to provide an inclusive and collaborative service. 

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.

John Bowtell – Recovery College Drama Worker

John’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 spent many years working in education but has more recently moved into the areas of counselling and psychology. She has a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing, especially in relation to how nature and creativity, through holistic and empowering approaches, 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, alongside her rewarding voluntary work as a bereavement practitioner with a local charity.

Darcey Woods - Senior Peer Support Worker

Darcey 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.

Application process

Applications are now open for the academic year starting in September 2021. 
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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New course! Let's talk about it - Carers and compassion fatigue

This course explores compassion fatigue within those of us who care for others. We’ll identify what compassion fatigue is and learn to recognise the early warning signs. We’ll explore how compassion fatigue may affect how we feel and think, and how it may impact our day-to-day lives.

Together we’ll discuss helpful things someone experiencing compassion fatigue can do and consider how we can reduce the likelihood and impact of compassion fatigue occurring.

The course has been created and developed by people with their own lived experience of being in a caring role and facing compassion fatigue together with healthcare professionals and the Recovery College, for the benefit of carers.

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