Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College 

Community First is delighted to have been chosen to lead this exciting new offer for Herefordshire and Worcestershire that has been funded by a grant from NHS Charities Together.

You can find out more about the College, our partners and sign up for courses here: HWWellbeingAndRecoveryCollege

Recovery can mean different things to different people.  It is not always about recovering from an illness, but more so about recovering a life.  And for some people it is about providing the conditions within which people can grow within and beyond what has happened.

"Recovery is about building a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by the person themselves, whether or not there are ongoing symptoms or problems" -  Laurie Davidson and colleagues at Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Recovery is using a strength-based approach that does not focus solely on symptoms and which emphasises resilience and control over life’s challenges to help people with mental health problems move forward, set new goals, and take part in relationships and activities that are meaningful.

Recovery is also often referred to as a process, and some of the important features of the

Wellbeing is ‘how we are doing’ as individuals, it is a way to describe how we feel in ourselves about the things that are affecting how we experience life – quality of life, good physical and mental health, and being part of our communities. It’s about how external conditions affect our lives and how we function in society.

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College has a particular focus on creating the right settings and giving people the ability and skills to improve health and wellbeing for themselves or others.

That means raising awareness and understanding of wellbeing and recovery and what it means to each person as well as sharing skills and know-how.

A wellbeing and recovery college offers supportive and encouraging education rather than “therapy”.

For a person with lived experience of mental ill health, this may help them to take control and become an expert in their own wellbeing and recovery and move on with their life despite their mental health challenges. This will hopefully help them to achieve or work towards whatever is meaningful in their lives.

Anyone over the age of 18 living in Herefordshire or Worcestershire can enrol. At the moment this is done by completing a registration form or people can email the college team at: HW_WellbeingRecoveryCollege@comfirst.org.uk  us and someone will call back within 3 working days. 

Everyone registering receives a welcome pack explaining exactly what happens next  along with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College charter, a guide to make sure everyone feels safe and included.

The next step is that members of the team  connect learners to the organisation(s) whose courses a learner might want to attend, They may do this online, by telephone or a mixture of both.

All courses are run by staff from the partnership organisations and are developed and delivered by professionals, many of whom will have lived experience of mental or physical illness, and/or experience of supporting someone with a mental or physical illness.

Some courses may have been co-produced with experts by experience and some courses may have experts by experience co-facilitating the training.