Lincolnshire Recovery College

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recovery-college-1.jpgThe Lincolnshire Recovery College offers free educational courses on mental health and wellbeing.

We are open to everyone aged 16 and above and we deliver courses in a variety of locations including Lincoln, Grantham, Stamford and Boston.

All our courses are designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental ill health, qualified trainers and health professionals.

We are proud to have 97.6% of learners saying they would recommend the College courses to a family member or friend.*

*Academic year 2018/2019. From 1145 responses 1117 would reccomend.

What's on offer

Our 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.

Sarah Wallace - Recovery College Peer Trainer 

Sarah's background is in training and education within a corporate environment, where she was responsible for the coaching and mentoring of staff plus the design and delivery of training courses. She has been a business advisor for Young Enterprise and at her core is encouraging others to see their potential and inspiring them to be the best version of themselves.

Sarah has her own lived experience of mental ill-health and is keen to use this in a positive way towards other’s recovery. She is training to complete her Level 5 in Psychotherapy and Counselling and also works as a bank healthcare assistant on the local LPFT wards to maintain a balanced view of current mental health issues. In her spare time, Sarah loves to sing and sail, but not necessarily at the same time.

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.

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