23 Jul 2018
Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury opened a brand new training facility to help local people recover from their mental health illnesses last Friday (20 July)
West London Mental Health NHS Trust’s Brentford Recovery College offers over 50 courses, which help people to manage their mental health condition, improve their physical health and return to work. Training is also open to family, friends and carers.
The centre is open to people living in Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing. The courses are innovatively co-designed and delivered with staff and people who have experience of being unwell themselves.
Up to now the college has been situated in West Ealing. The new facility means that as the college becomes more and more successful, it can provide training in a more supportive environment.
Recovery College manager Alison Hoble said: “This is a fantastic facility, which provides a great environment in which people using the Trust’s services, their families, supporters and staff can all learn together. Feedback from everyone who has used the college has been really good, and this new home for our college means we can provide training for more and more people in the years to come.”
Service user Hannah MacDonald said: “I was a nurse who was sectioned around 10 years and I haven’t practised since. The tools, skills and support offered by the Recovery College have been life-changing and I’m hopeful that as a result, I can return to nursing in the near future.”
Ruth Cadbury MP said: “I’m really pleased to see this building, which has been empty for a while, being used to provide invaluable mental health services here in Brentford. I’d like to pay tribute to the quality, commitment and professionalism of the staff in the work they do to help so many people in the community.”
Notes to editors:
- The new college is located on Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DS. People wanting more information about the support offered by the college can ring 020 8348 1456
- Last year 260 people used the college. In the year ahead, higher numbers are expected to receive training
- The new building houses other West London Mental Health Trust services, including Hounslow Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT), Primary Care Plus and Hounslow Wellbeing Network
- The opening was also attended by Hounslow council leader Cllr Steve Curran, Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board chair Cllr Katherine Dunne and Cllr Mel Collins, as well as West London Mental Health Trust CEO Carolyn Regan.