Recovery Pathways: Wellbeing through art, people and places

Studio One artworkRecovery Pathways is a Trust citywide service. Through creative and wellbeing themed practice that is delivered in supportive settings, we aim to build confidence and skills, enable personal recovery from mental distress and support access to moving on.

The service offers time-limited programmes of specific activities that encourage independence, improve wellbeing strategies, and access to leisure, education and employment or volunteering opportunities.

We help people to lead valued lives by providing support, goal-focused activity, learning and training. Through creative activity and meaningful occupation we support people with their aspirations, achieve their goals and be part of their communities.

The service is broken down into the following areas:

  • Start
  • Studio One
  • Benchmark
  • Green Wellbeing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Arts for Good Health Courses
  • Individual Placement Support – Employment Service (for clients on CPA only)


Short courses and other sessions are frequently run at a range of settings across the city. Working with goals in mind, Recovery Pathways activity services encourage personal reflection and help individuals to achieve in the following ways:

  • Effectively manage symptoms
  • Build confidence and self esteem
  • Recognise and apply coping strategies
  • Notice the world around us
  • Practise good decision making
  • Improve social skills and connect with others
  • Increase independence
  • Become comfortable in groups settings
  • Recognise progress
  • Manage commitment and routine

There are two pathways into our service through a central referral email address and for more information on how to refer please see below…


How to refer

The two referral pathways:

Core Service

Referring through this route means that service users have access to longer term support including regular review of progress, occupational therapy where needs are identified,
a variety of activities and a moving on plan.

Arts for Good Health

These are a variety of short courses designed for access to further parts of the community and have their own A4GH Prospectus [pdf] 1MB .  These can be used as an introduction to our core service or as part of a move on plan. We encourage referrals from services and self-referrals.

  • People over the age of 18
  • People over the age of 18
  • Manchester resident
  • Need to be able to independently access the venue
  • Existing Trust user
  • Both Trust and non-Trust service users who are interested in benefitting their wellbeing using creative activity
  • Under care of CPA or meets NEC criteria (with Lead Professional involved for duration of their engagement with our service)
  • CPA not required


For general enquiries, please call 07890 996 586

For information on how to refer, please call 07436 560917

Email referrals to:

Recovery Pathway Referral form - RP Referral form.docx [docx] 410KB
National Eligibility Criteria for social care -  NEC guidance.docx [docx] 18KB
Arts for Good Health referral form -  A4GH Referrer Form.docx [docx] 90KB
Arts for Good Health Self referral form -  A4GH Self Referral Form.docx [docx] 79KB