Lincolnshire Recovery College

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, alongside education and health professionals? If so, the Lincolnshire Recovery College could be for you.

We offer free educational courses about mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Courses are open to anyone aged 16+ who lives, works or studies in Lincolnshire. 

Most of our sessions are held online via Microsoft Teams. We are gradually reintroducing face to face sessions across the county. Keep an eye on our timetable to find out when and where these will be held. Steps such as social distancing are in place to keep everyone safe.

Please complete the registration form. We will be in touch with more information about your courses. Please make sure to book as group sizes are limited. We are dedicated to providing a personalised and interactive experience.

If you would like more information, please contact us.

Student feedback

What was good about the courses you attended? 

"Interaction between presenters and attendees, and the interaction between the two presenters. Clear messages conveyed throughout presentation."

"Engaging trainers who added really well to the slides and brought the information to life. They made everyone comfortable and the pace was good. Useful information."

"It felt very inclusive and the hosts made an effort to welcome everyone by name. The course was delivered succinctly and was clear, and prompted lots of involvement throughout, ensuring diversity of feedback and thoughts on ways we could implement and understand the course materials and objectives."

"Very polite, warm and welcoming course leaders. It was easy to understand and has taught me a few things. I felt heard and understood."

Let’s talk about it – Mental Health

“Extremely well delivered. Very interactive with contributions encouraged. Highly interesting statistics that both shocked and intrigued me. This course encouraged me to expand my knowledge. People delivering the session discussed their own experiences. Everyone felt comfortable to contribute to the session.

"There is useful information that makes attending worthwhile for everyone. Nothing short of fantastic, thank you very much.”

Drama for wellbeing workshop

“I will smile when I think of this workshop. The ideas covered were great and facilitators made participants feel comfortable.”

Dreaming of a better sleep

“Everyone contributed their own experiences, struggles and tips. I am normally shy to contribute but felt comfortable. It felt inclusive, especially as the trainers shared their experiences.

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

Creative Connections

“A fantastic session! It was amazing to see other people’s creativity and the enjoyment they feel. Tutors were really encouraging of all the creations that were displayed!”

Meet the team

The College has qualified teachers and trainers, and experienced health professionals. Our teaching team also includes people with lived experience of mental illness. 


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

Sara Brewin updated.jpgSara started at LPFT in 2003 as a Community Support Worker in a Community Mental Health Team. In 2011, she qualified as an Occupational Therapist.

Sara is passionate about mental health, recovery and inclusion. She values the role collaborative working plays in a person’s recovery. Actively working alongside the College, Sara champions the team's fantastic work.

Outside of work, Sara enjoys being a mum. She spends time with family and friends, and going on walks for mental wellbeing.


Amy Day - Recovery College Manager

Amy_Day.jpgAmy has worked in NHS mental health services for over 20 years. She has a background in health and wellbeing, recovery and teaching. Amy works with the team, volunteers and students to provide an inclusive and collaborative service. 

She considers the College to be a valuable community asset. It provides the opportunity to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing. She believes in celebrating strengths, inspiring hope, creating opportunities, and learning together.


Ed Stables - Recovery College Occupational Therapist

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

He combined practical and creative skills with an interest in fostering health and wellbeing. He re-trained as an occupational therapist and worked for 23 years in this role.

Ed loves to share his knowledge and skills. He remains passionate about the importance of meaningful activities for recovery.


John Bowtell – Recovery College Drama Worker

John_Bowtell.jpegJohn’s background is as a theatre director. He has worked for over 20 years in the NHS. This includes being a drama therapist. John is interested in how we can use creativity to develop our roles to act in everyday life. He trains internationally in Developmental Transformations, which draws on personal experience.




Daniel Fleshbourne - Recovery College Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant

Daniel_Fleshbourne.jpgDaniel trained in Information Technology and started his career as a technology evangelist.

Due to a family member having a long-term disability, Daniel switched focus and became a full-time unpaid carer. This has led him to work with local NHS services, charities and organisations.

He is passionate about unpaid carers being recognised and valued for their vital role. He wants carers to have the knowledge, tools and skills to support their own wellbeing.

Daniel shares his own lived experiences to support the growth of the College. He strives to empower people to choose their own path to wellbeing.


Andy Leaston - Peer Support Worker Coordinator

Andy Leaston.jpegAndy started his career with LPFT in August 2018 working as a Peer Support Worker within the Louth Community Mental Health Team. Before that, he had worked and volunteered in a wide range of community development roles in his hometown of Manchester. He uses his own lived experience to inform his work, acknowledging that this journey continues and that each day can present challenges. He strongly believes that compassionate person-centred care is at the core of the recovery journey.

Andy passionately believes in the empowerment of individuals and equipping people with the tools needed to break down barriers and to challenge stigma.

He enjoys family life and finds his mindful space in music and walks in all weathers.


Darcey Woods - Senior Peer Support Worker

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

Darcey is driven by advocacy and service user satisfaction. Being a Peer Support Worker means that Darcey has an ongoing mental health recovery journey. She maintains her wellbeing through sleep, seeing loved ones and work.

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


Helen Bussey - Volunteer

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

Following an episode of mental ill-health, Helen retired early. She enjoys helping at the College, supporting people on their recovery journey.


Abi Burgess – Part Time Administrator

Abi_Burgess.jpgAbi has a background in customer service and sales. Since 2013, she was a Mortuary Technician and later a Coroners Officer. Due to ill health and knowing that her wellbeing was compromised, she started a new career.

Abi believes her past experiences working with the bereaved help her understand how important wellbeing is. Along with hiking and walking, she draws mandalas as a creative outlet.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 College. 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, and anyone looking to improve their wellbeing can 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 wellbeing.  We would suggest no more than between 5 to 7 per half term. This allows you to spread out your learning and put into practice what you have learnt.

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 and there are no tests.

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

We limit the amount of online learners to around 10 per course, as learners benefit from smaller 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 support to complete the application form, please contact us. Call 01522 518500 (Monday to Friday 9am to 2.30pm) and we can complete the form over the phone.

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 engage with you. Please 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 sessions become fully booked. If you’re unable to attend a booked session, we ask that you email us. Please do so at the earliest opportunity so we can offer your place to another student. 

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.

Cancer - How are you feeling?

Learning to look after your emotional health and wellbeing during and after your cancer diagnosis is vital.

Would you like the opportunity to explore the range of emotions that you may experience? You have the chance to learn from others who have had similar experiences.

Regardless of where you are in your cancer experience, this course can help you to:

  • Be aware of your emotions and find ways to help yourself.
  • Explore and discover tools and techniques to look after your feelings.
  • Be an active participant in your cancer experience by learning to ask questions with confidence.
  • Understand where you can access the help that is available.

This is an opportunity to learn in a small group, explore your emotional wellbeing and find helpful ways to respond to our feelings.

This course has been designed and created together with people who have experienced cancer. They are part of the Lincolnshire Macmillan Cancer Co-production Group. Healthcare professionals from the ULHT (United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust) Lincolnshire Macmillan Information Support Service have also helped.

This course is delivered online and in person. Find the dates below and sign up today!

Wednesday 4th October 2023 1.00 - 3.00pm (online)

Wednesday 29th November 2023 10am – 12 noon (face to face)

Research - RECOLLECT

Exciting research opportunity!

Lincolnshire Recovery College is involved in the RECOLLECT 2 study, which is exploring how Recovery Colleges might benefit the people who use them.

We are looking for newly enrolled students to participate in the study. Taking part would involve you completing a set of questionnaires at 4 time points over 12 months. You would be reimbursed with a £15 voucher for each set of questionnaires you complete (£60 in total).


  • 18 years or older
  • Currently using the local secondary NHS mental health service
  • Newly enrolled at a particiaping Recovery College or has done a maximum of 1 course

If you are interested in taking part, please follow this link to an expression of interest form:

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 309333 (Monday - Friday 9am-2:30pm)

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