Recovery Academy announcement

Important update:

To all of our valued Recovery Academy students,

The Recovery Academy Team has made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining courses in the current prospectus and for the first time since we opened in 2013, not to publish our next prospectus on 1 April 2020.

We are following advice from the UK Government regarding social distancing.  As most of you are aware, the Recovery Academy Team is made up of experienced staff and volunteers who can now support the wider Trust in providing core business and care to our most vulnerable.

In the event that precautions are lifted before the end of the duration of the next prospectus (i.e. September 2020), we will not offer any new courses during this time. This is because we have many students who were part way through courses before we had to close. When we are able to open again we will prioritise the completion of courses for these students, get ourselves straight again, and work on preparing our 1 October 2020 prospectus.

For those of you who were part way through courses, we will be in touch as soon as we can. For all other students, we really will look forward to seeing you all again in October.

Until then, stay safe. We are thinking of you all.

The Recovery Academy Team.

Recovery Academy

The Trust’s Recovery Academy provides a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as health care professionals.

All of our courses focus on supporting people with their recovery and promote good health and wellbeing. The courses are useful if you are looking to increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health, improve your mental wellbeing, or simply want to meet new people while learning something new.

Who runs the courses?

The courses are co-written and co-delivered by professionals and people with mental health or substance misuse problems in order to recognise with equal importance both professional expertise and lived experience and promote our philosophy of shared learning.

Who can attend?

The Recovery Academy offers courses to:

  • Anyone who is experiencing mental health or substance misuse problems
  • Their supporters (family, friends and loved ones)
  • Trust staff, volunteers and students on placement
  • Health Care Professionals

All our courses are free, but you need to register and sign our Student Charter before attending.

What sorts of courses are available?

Courses currently on offer come under one of eight categories: Lived Experience, Psychological Therapies and Recovery, Physical Wellbeing, Spirituality and Recovery, Creativity and Recovery, Taking Back Control, Developing Knowledge and Life Skills and Getting Involved with the Academy. The range of courses available each term will vary as the academy responds to the demands of its students.

Where are the courses held?

Our courses are held in a range of venues, from community centres and hospitals to learning centres and theatres in the locations we deliver services across Greater Manchester.

Getting involved

If you would like to get involved in co-producing and delivering a course, please get in touch. For further information, please see the Course Booking page.

How to register and book on a course

The first time you book on one of our courses, you will be asked to complete a student registration form which will ask for your name, background, contact details and any specific requirements in relation to the support you may need.

An online student registration form and course booking form are available on the Course Booking page. You will also be asked to sign our Student Charter which provides details of what you can expect from us, and what we can expect from you in terms of attendance and behaviour.

We will send you confirmation of your place, with full details of course learning outcomes, start and finish times, course venue and tutor etc. once we have received your booking.

Further information

If you are interested in attending a course and would like more information, advice or support, please get in touch by emailing or calling us on 0161 358 1771.

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