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A college set up to help people recover from mental illness will be running new courses later this year.

The Severn and Wye Recovery College was established in 2013 by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust and other partner organisations.

Free courses will be held in Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham from September onwards, and taster days are being held during August to enable prospective students to find out more.

"The Recovery College is now well established and we have many examples of students who say our courses have had a significant positive impact upon their lives," said Jo Denney, project lead from ²gether.

"Our courses offer a relatively new approach to recovering from mental illness. We teach our students the skills to manage their own condition and stay well, as well as gain the confidence, life skills and knowledge to live their lives to the full.

"Some of our students have used it as a springboard onto other things – some are now in employment or have signed up for other educational courses.

"Our tutors are people who have lived with mental illness themselves, and they are able to share their own experiences and have a common bond with the students.

"We’re really pleased to have the opportunity to offer more courses this autumn and looking forward to enrolling students at our taster days where a full prospectus will be available."

Severn and Wye Recovery College courses are aimed at anyone with experience of enduring mental illness, aged 16 and over, who is registered with a GP in Gloucestershire and receiving services from ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. People who have recently left our services within the last six months can also enrol themselves. Places are also available for carers and professionals working to support people with mental illness.

Taster days are being held as follows:

  •  Monday August 10 – 9.30am until 12.30pm – Stroud College
  •  Monday August 17 – 9.30am until 12.30pm – Stroud College
  •  Monday December 7 – 9.30am until 12.30pm – Hesters Way Neighbourhood Project, Cheltenham
  •  Monday December 14 – 9.30am until 12.30pm – Hesters Way Neighbourhood Project, Cheltenham

To attend, please ring Jackie Baker on 01452 894204 or email recoverycollege@glos.nhs.uk

Further details are available by visiting the College website by clicking here.