Frequently asked questions

We know that it can be confusing when you start something new. You may have questions about our courses or about the college itself. Hopefully, you will find answers to your questions below. If not, please contact the team who will be happy to talk to you.

Does it cost anything to attend a course?

Courses are free to all students registered with the Recovery College. To check if you qualify to register with the college see ‘How to Register’.

How long are the courses?

Courses range from a single 3 hr session up to and 8 session course (3 hrs a week, every week, on the same day). Our timetable will clearly show you how long each course is and how many sessions it includes.

How many people can I expect in a class?

Most of our courses have a maximum of 25 places available. Normally you can expect between 7 and 15 people turning up for each session, although there will be times when all 25 attend.

Is there homework?

Some of our courses include skills or exercises that you are asked to practice at home between sessions. It can be challenging, but you will get the most out of your course if you manage to practice at home.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

No. Our courses are about participation rather than note taking. On some courses the trainer will provide you with notes to take away with you.

Is this therapy?

No. The college teaches life skills and helps you to develop tools and techniques that will support you and allow you to take control of your own wellbeing.

Is it confidential?

Yes. You can talk about as much or as little as you want, although we would encourage all students to participate during the class. The only reason we would have to discuss your details outside of class, would be if we were given reason to worry about your safety or the safety of those around you.

How long can I keep coming to the College?

You can keep attending the College for 12 months after you have been discharged from a Trust team or service.

Can I do a course more than once if I feel I need to?

Yes. Our students do sometimes choose to repeat a course, particularly if they found it challenging the first time around. There are no blocks to repeating a course. However, we do ask students to limit how often they repeat our most popular courses. This is to make sure new students get a fair chance to attend these courses as well.

What do I do if I simply don’t know where to start?

This is a common question, and the answer is really simple – come along to one of our open days. We hold drop in sessions six times each year and they are a great opportunity to chat with a trainer or peer trainer and figure out what courses would work best for you.