Recovery Colleges in Surrey and North East Hampshire are designed to support people in their recovery. The courses are open to community members in Surrey and colleagues from the voluntary sector. They are aimed at helping people improve their health and wellbeing through courses on a range of mental and physical health conditions.
The colleges are a partnership involving voluntary, NHS and local authority organisations, and existing Recovery Colleges.
All courses are run by staff from the partner organisations and are developed and delivered alongside our recovery coaches who all have lived experience of mental or physical illness, or are supporting someone with a mental or physical illness.


The courses are divided into different themes and here are some examples of the courses they offer. All courses are subject to availability.

Skills Courses

Moving On From Self-harm: Wednesdays: 5th – 19th June, 2 pm – 4 pm in Epsom. This course aims to provide a better understanding of self-harm and what we can do to reduce it. With a focus on harm reduction and individual empowerment, each student will develop a plan to help them manage their situation and gain an understanding and insight into self-harm and what we can do to support ourselves as well as others.

Suicide Prevention Training: Wednesdays: 8th – 29th May, 10 am to 12noon in Leatherhead.Suicide remains a very challenging topic to talk about. This course will help raise awareness of suicide and increase the skills of people who experience suicidal thoughts to keep themselves safe. The course aims to increase the confidence of those that care or work with someone experiencing suicidal thoughts, understanding the perspectives of the families, friends, carers and clinicians of those at risk of suicide.

Communication Skills for Carers: Friday 14th June, 10 am – 12.30pm in Godalming. This is a Workshop for Carers of people experiencing mental health challenges. It can be difficult to communicate with those we care about who have mental health challenges because we may worry that we will make things worse, cause upset or offence or inadvertently trigger the person to relapse. If you are a Carer and would like to learn more about your communication style and build on your strengths then this is the workshop for you.

Health and Wellbeing Courses

Introduction to Recovery & Wellbeing: Monday 3rd June, 9.30am – 12 pm in Redhill. During this course, we will talk about wellbeing and how it is connected to recovery. We will discuss what recovery means to you and how it is different for everyone, and learn about Recovery Colleges, how they are run and what they can offer.

Understanding Courses

I “Heart” Consent (for women only): Friday 5th July, 10 am – 1 pm in Redhill. During this workshop, students will explore the meaning of gender, and the impact that it has on their lives through a critical exploration of gender norms and expectations. Students will also explore their own understanding of consent and awareness of the myths surrounding sexual violence. The session also provides the opportunity for students to explore what a respectful relationship looks like alongside the concept of enthusiastic consent.

Understanding Medication: Wednesday 5th June, 10 am – 1 pm in Guildford. During this course, we will look at the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medications and examine their benefits and side-effects. We will talk about common issues relating to medication such as: whether it works; how much and when to take medication; mixing medications with other prescription medication and/or alcohol and illicit drugs and involving people who use services and carers in decisions about medication. Students will learn about the terms ‘informed consent ’ and ‘capacity’ around decision-making about taking medication and we will discuss reasons why people stop taking medications or do not take what is prescribed.

Understanding Personality Disorder: Wednesdays: 3rd – 17th July, 1.30pm – 3.30pm in Epsom. During this course, students will gain a better understanding of personality and Personality Disorder and learn more about different types of Personality Disorder. Students will learn about its impact and about treatment for recovery.

For Employers, line managers, HR professionals, OH workers and senior leaders

Mental Health Awareness: Single 6 hour workshop plus lunch: Tuesday 2nd July, all day in Leatherhead: This workshop aims to increase knowledge of how to support employees who are living with a mental/physical health condition. This workshop is an introductory session to raise awareness of mental health. It is designed to give employers, Line managers, HR professionals, OH workers and senior leaders:

Courses are open to anyone who lives in Surrey or North East Hampshire who:

Contact the Recovery College for more information


Recovery College

Phone 01276454150

Mobile 07920207046 (SMS text only)


Or have a look at their timetable  here