Recovery College Collective

Providing a peer led, peer delivered education and support service where people can learn from each other’s insights, skills and lived experience.

Email: alisdair@recoverycoco.com

Address: 1 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6UF

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About our organisation

Peer production of:

  • Courses on self-management, psychoeducation, and life skills Groups for mutual support Groups for creative, physical, artistic, musical, recreational, and therapeutic activities
  • Training of our students in facilitation, community development, peer support work, and volunteering skills.
  • Training for partner and collaborating organisations, their staff and service users.
  • Training and placements for medical students, student nurses, trainee clinical psychologists, social workers and AMHPs
  • User views and perspectives to inform service and system design
  • Research, evidence-gathering and evaluation
  • Embedded in community: interpreting mental health in a broad inclusive fashion, thus acknowledging crossovers with drug and alcohol issues, home/family situations, poverty, learning disability and autism spectrum problems, domestic violence, physical health issues, etc. Mental health problems do not exist in a vacuum.

The change we want to see

New ways of working in a much more fluid, less-siloed manner: the people whom we serve have rich, varied lives and so present with what services often term “complex needs”, but those needs are only complex because of the compartmentalised way in which organisations and sectors work and the barriers this throws up. To trust and equip people to utilise their inherent skills to solve their problems.