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Recovery College celebrates success of students

IMG 0175 NEWOur Trust's Recovery College celebrated the successful graduation of 96 determined students who completed their courses at the college and graduated with honours…and song!

Based in Oldbury, the college is open to those who use our services, be it a carer, family member, supporter or even staff member. A dedicated team of staff deliver courses that have been developed with and for people who have been affected by mental health issues, with the aim of using learning and coproduction to support recovery and opportunity.

During the last term, students at the college have managed to overcome challenges and achieve positive direction in their personal journeys to recovery through a variety of practical and life-changing courses, such as coping with anxiety, CBT awareness and creative writing, to name a few.

To mark their accomplishments, students, families and friends were invited to attend the Easter graduation yesterday, where they received certificates from Recovery College Principal Kerry Wilkes. Kerry said, “The event is a great opportunity for students to be confident and proud of the tremendous work they have achieved, and the many barriers they have overcome in such a short period of time. The students have all accomplished so much, and I am delighted for all of them.”

During the event, attendees had the chance to join in and sing with the college’s melodious choir, steered by admin officer Sarah Townend, followed by a heart-warming and inspirational poem recited by one of the college’s creative writing students.

The college bid a fond farewell to one of the students, who is now moving on to full time employment in Kent. He thanked the staff for helping him on his journey to recovery and supporting him into work.

Feedback on the day was fantastic, with one of the attendees commenting: “There are so many good things about the recovery college and can see the real difference it’s making to people. I love what you do here.”

For more information about the various courses the college delivers, please visit their website for their prospectus.