Adrian first came in contact with the college when attending a recent Disability Confident workshop held by Sandwell Council. After expressing interest in wanting to learn more about the mental health services provided by the Trust, he met with Joyce Fletcher, Interim Executive Director of Nursing, AHPs, Organisational Development and Governance, Steve Phillips, Divisional Director for Mental Health and Mick Morrow, the Recovery College lead, to find out more about its life-changing work.
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation operates its college throughout the Black Country, with the college base in Sandwell at Quayside. The principles of the Recovery College are to enable people with mental health challenges to have the same opportunities in life as everyone else. The aim is to support people on their personal journey towards a meaningful and satisfying life, where hope, opportunity and choice are the key elements.
The college aims to help people to become experts in their own self-care, and enable family, friends, carers and staff to better understand mental health so that they can best help people towards recovery.
Courses are co-produced with users, carers and professionals working in partnership.
Adrian was particularly impressed by the wide range and scope of the programmes available at the College, from practical classes on mindfulness to sessions promoting lifestyle choices, such as cooking with confidence, the Recovery College choir and creative writing. He also met a number of dedicated volunteers who offer additional support to the students and students who each shared their recovery journey, including Bally Barquer who was influential in setting up the visit.
Speaking following his visit, Adrian said, “I would like to thank all the staff at the College for supporting people who are experiencing health challenges with their wide range of skills and experience, and the clear passion they have for their work. It is also very important to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of the volunteers and students, whose hard work is greatly appreciated.
“I am working hard to raise awareness for mental health challenges, and will continue to raise these issues in Parliament and actively work with local organisations to support their essential work.”
Mick Morrow, College Lead said, “Today was a fantastic opportunity to meet Adrian, introduce him to the current services that the college provides to the Black Country community, and also provide an opportunity to showcase the ethos of the college and the work of the Trust as hope, opportunity and choice and the work that we have achieved so far.”
If you would like further information on the Recovery College, including the latest college prospectus please visit http://www.therecoverycollege.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/therecoverycollegeBCPFT/.