13 Jun

Recovery Colleges

Tyneside Recovery College

The Recovery College Collective is peer led and peer run. This means that everyone who works at the college have their own lived experience of recovery and survival. Our courses have been developed around what people have already found to be helpful in their own recovery.

All courses are free and open to anyone who would find them helpful in their recovery from mental illness, substance misuse, trauma or distress. Or to anyone who might find them beneficial to their wellbeing.

More information about Re-Co-Co can be found here.

If you are interested in attending any of the courses then first enrol as a student; arrange an appointment by telephoning 0191 261 0948.

North Tyneside L.I.F.E.

Recovery Colleges offer educational courses about mental health and recovery, which are designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills and to help them feel more confident in the self-management of their own health and wellbeing. Delivered in a safe and friendly community setting, courses and workshops are co-produced and designed by individuals who have lived experience of challenges with their own mental health, and who want to pass on their LIFE learning, skills and knowledge to help others.

You will notice the new name for the recovery college, which came about as a result of the perceived barriers of the words recovery (related to addiction only) and college (academia and previous negative experience) NT LIFE was created; LIFE representing Learning Insights From Everybody – signifying contribution, collaboration hope and inclusiveness.

Follow NT LIFE on Facebook for regular updates.

Download a copy of the 11:11 Mindfulness 5 Minute Journal here.

This has been so kindly provided for NT LIFE Recovery College by Alice Cosgrove our wonderful Positive Language and Mindfulness facilitator.

Alice has asked me to share with anyone whom it may benefit. As I’m conscious of how much effort and heart everyone is putting into our work at the moment I wanted to remind you all of taking time for your own self care.

You may have clients, family members and friends who could benefit from this too so please share.

Snap Out Of It! is a weekly amateur mindful photography group which encourages you to explore your surroundings, notice and appreciate the unseen, become a tourist in your own neighbourhood and then collaborate as part of a team which each week shares and discusses its images.

What’s it got to do with mental health? Mindfulness – capturing the moment. Grounding – giving space to both see and appreciate more of the world around us. Use of all 5 senses – a DBT skill. Seeing different perspective and changing focus. Self expression and exploration- learn more about what makes you tick.

The group meets once a week for 2 hours (online or in person) with fun weekly challenges based on various themes. This is a laid back, friendly bunch with no pressure or judgement – everyone decides what works for them. We share the images and where comfortable talk about what we see, what they mean and how they make us feel. Everyone’s perspective is unique, valued and correct. No judgement. Read more here. To sign up email ntlife@voda.org.uk.

More activities and groups are in the pipeline. Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page for updates

You must enrol as a student of NT LIFE Recovery College to access these courses either in advance or at your first attendance –  contact us directly for more information.

Book by contacting Ali Donkin, ali.donkin@voda.org.uk, (0191) 643 2628.

Ali Donkin

North Tyneside Recovery College Worker

North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA), Queen Alexandra Campus, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields, NE29 9BZ.

E-mail: ali.donkin@voda.org.uk

Web: www.voda.org.uk