The Recovery College is a training and resource centre which develops and delivers education and tools to support wellbeing and the self-management of mental health difficulties.  We work with you either to support you in your recovery or to help you support someone for whom you care.

Our wide range of courses are open to those using the Trust’s mental health services, staff, carers, families and supporters.  They are also available to local authorities and partner organisations.

Courses are co-produced and delivered by a member of Trust staff and at least one peer trainer, recognising the equal value of professional training and lived experience and expertise.

The college works to an educational rather than a clinical model.  We follow the guiding principles for recovery colleges as defined by Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC).

Changes due to Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the continuing restrictions, the college is currently delivering all courses online via Zoom. We continue to offer a range of recovery and wellbeing courses and provide useful resources and helpful tips for students to try at home to support and maintain good health and wellbeing.

Our free training programme draws on the experiences and skills of people who’ve used mental health services and those who support them.  

The college follows an educational model that seeks to give people the tools and skills to become architects of their own recovery, or to support someone else with their recovery journey.  

The college conveys messages of hope, empowerment, possibility and aspiration. We celebrate diversity and recognise the strengths and successes of our students.  

We offer a wide range of courses that are designed to give people a better understanding of mental health issues and to develop their life skills.  

Courses vary from one-off workshops to 10 session programmes. They are co-produced and co-delivered. This means that groups of service users, carers and staff work together to develop the courses. They’re delivered by a practitioner trainer and a peer trainer as we recognise the expertise of lived experience equally with that of professional training.  

Download this term’s course prospectus (PDF)

Covid-19 webinars

We’ve run free online weekly webinars for anyone affected by the pandemic. This series of sessions, which was run by occupational therapists, arts therapists and other health professionals, aimed to help you develop coping skills in these challenging times.  

Covid-19 online workshops

These workshops were for service users, carers and staff at West London NHS Trust. The content was similar to the webinars, but the smaller workshop style allowed for more participation.  

You must be enrolled before you can complete a Recovery College course or workshop.

You can enrol online. It takes about approximately five minutes to complete the registration process, and once enrolled, you can book yourself onto any of our courses throughout the year.

Your data

The information collected as part of enrolment helps us better understand who’s using our courses, so we can develop more relevant subject matter. Your information will not be shared with any other parties in compliance with the Trust’s privacy policy and the Data Protection Act.

To book a course, you’ll need to email or call us on:

Email: bookings.recoverycollege@westlondon.nhs.uk
Telephone: 020 8483 1456
 
You can use our programme in whatever way suits you. You may just want to do a course as a one-off because you are particularly interested in that topic.  

If you think a number of courses might help you, but you’re not sure where to start, we can offer individual orientation appointments where you can learn more about the courses available, the philosophy of the college and you can get some help to choose courses, if needed.  

Please tell us about any learning needs you may have, and we’ll will try our best to accommodate them.  

If you’re unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible. Many courses have waiting lists, so if you don’t let us know, someone else may miss out on a course they want to attend.  

If less than four few people turn up for a scheduled training session, we’ll have to cancel it. This is because group interaction is an integral part of all our training, and it doesn’t work with so few participants. 

The core team is: 

Alison Hoble - Recovery College Lead 

Bieza Atlabachew - Operational Manager 

Katy Paramor - Senior Peer Trainer 

Elisabeth Murphy – Senior Peer Trainer 

We also have a number of professional and sessional peer trainers who deliver and co-facilitate various courses throughout the year. 

Address:

The Recovery College,
Brentford Lodge,
Boston Manor Road,
Brentford,
Middlesex  
TW8 8DS 

Parking

There’s a single line of Trust parking spaces belonging to the Trust at Brentford Lodge. These are available for staff use on a first come, first serve basis. 

Finding Brentford Lodge

Brentford Lodge is opposite Brentford Railway Station. Cross the road from the station and you’ll come to Brentford Health Centre. The Lodge is on the same site in the opposite left-hand corner.

See more detailed information on our location page