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Mental health recovery courses start in Gloucestershire this summer

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

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NEW courses for people recovering from mental illness will run this summer.

The Severn and Wye Recovery College is a partnership between 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Adult Education in Gloucestershire, Artshape, Family Lives, Mind Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council.

It was set up in 2013 through a grant awarded by an independent charity called the Health Foundation, and is now able to run further courses this summer thanks to a grant from 2gether’s own charitable funds committee.

Courses will be held in Gloucester, Hereford, Tewkesbury and Stroud from May onwards, and taster days are being held from next week to enable prospective students to find out more.

“The Recovery College was a new initiative in our area last year and our first courses were a great success,” said Jo Denney, project leader from 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

“Our courses offer a different approach to recovering from mental illness. It’s about teaching people 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 first students have used it as a springboard onto other things – some are now in employment or have signed up for other educational courses. Many of our first students said it helped them to transform their lives.”

Taster days are being held in Gloucester on Tuesday, April 15, and Cheltenham on Tuesday, April 22.

Full details are available at www.swrecovery.org.uk or by ringing 01452 894269.

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