Recovery College Newsletters

January 2022 Prospectus

Come and Join Us

Sunderland Recovery College offers a range of free recovery focused educational courses for people with lived mental health experience, their friends and family.

January 2022 FREE Courses and Resources

The Recovery College building remains closed to students but this hasn’t stopped us from working hard behind the scenes to offer support through online platforms and offering advice and guidance over the phone.


Information helps us to figure out what will work for us and the steps we need to take on our own behalf. 

We can do this by:

  • Involving ourselves with the Recovery College and joining support group
  • Reviewing educational resources (articles, books, newsletters, useful websites etc)
  • Talking to other people who have similar experiences

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”

Remember . . . to learn all you can about yourself.

Download the Prospectus below for more information:

Newsletter: September 2021

We Want to Hear What You Experience

Healthwatch Sunderland and Healthwatch South Tyneside provide an independent voice for people who use publicly funded health and social care services. Our role is to ensure that people’s views are listened to and fed back to service providers and commissioners in order to improve services.

Healthwatch are currently working with the NHS to find out people’s experiences of receiving their COVID-19 vaccine in the Sunderland and South Tyneside areas by asking those who have had their vaccine to complete this short survey.

The results of this survey will be shared with the NHS to help them understand directly from you what is going well, but also what else could be done to improve the delivery of the vaccine to local people.

The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete, and be found by clicking the following link:

We would appreciate it if you could please complete the survey yourself if you have received or been invited to receive your Covid injection, and to also share wider with your contacts to encourage as many responses as possible.

If you have any questions about this engagement, please contact:

Newsletter: 10

Sunderland Recovery College Newsletter: 10

Hello everyone and welcome to Sunderland Recovery College Newsletter.

Every Day is a NEW BEGINNING

Always remember you are not alone. The only thing that is certain is that things always change.

We know the last year has been a trying time on all of us. I wanted to take a moment to say a big for your continued support.

Thank you for all you’re doing to help stop the spread of Covid, Cases continue to come down, but we’ve got to keep going to make sure cases don’t rise as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. Remember, hands, face, space and get the vaccine when you’re offered it.

At this time the foremost concerns must be personal health and safety—of our families, our employees, and ourselves. Taking care of those who contract the virus and joining the global community in taking sensible steps to slow its spread is of the utmost importance. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of those we work with and serve including our students, volunteers , employees and partners.

For that purpose, we have proactively adopted social distancing, the wearing of face masks and remote working whenever possible in accordance with regional and national recommendations. In most instances, we cancelled face to face groups to minimise direct personal contact to help keep everyone healthy.

As we cautiously move out of lockdown, we will be developing plans to introduce some face-to-face safe accessible support groups and activities in the community, we will continue to communicate constantly, consistently, and transparently through our social media and newsletters to keep you up to date.

While maintaining focus on keeping everyone safe, we are continuing our online support, education and social groups, feedback from students regarding the online platforms has been encouraging so it is something we would like to continue alongside face-to-face groups in the future.

The college is keen to develop more groups but will be following the Government’s guidance on keeping everyone safe and lifting lockdown measures.

Groups will be managed very differently and will not be drop-in sessions due to number limitations and government guidelines.

Sessions/courses will be offered in community venues as before, but enrolment will be necessary, watch out for our summer course schedule coming soon. It has been a difficult time for everyone the isolation has had a detrimental effect on the most vulnerable.

With some people not seeing anyone for months but we now need to move forward cautiously and safely, and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Thanks again Kim
College Update