13 Jun

Recovery Colleges

Tyneside Recovery College

Recovery College Collective

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.

In light of the announcement that schools and colleges will be closing their doors we feel it is only sensible for us to do the same with our current NT LIFE provision. This means that all face to face NT LIFE classes will be put on pause.

We are currently exploring options to hold regular online classes and get-togethers as well as offering some telephone befriending. We are also assembling some art and craft packs that can be distributed to those who are looking for activities to do from home.

Read the full announcement here and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.

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.

After a very successful first term, the NT LIFE Recovery College is back with a whole host of courses for the New Year, including:

  • Football for Health: Mondays 11am to 12pm at The Parks, North Shields. In partnership with the Newcastle United Foundation these friendly sessions are open to all ages and abilities and are mixed gendered.
  • Craft and Calm: Saturdays 10am to 12pm at Whitley Bay Big Local. Express your creativity, learn new skills and experience the calm of crafting in these relaxed and creative sessions.
  • Talk Tech and Tinker “Fix-It” workshop: Tuesdays 5pm to 6pm at The Hub, Linskill Centre, North Shields. Learn and share new skills. Repair, rescue, remodel or upcycle small household items. Get help and understanding tech and computers.
  • The Pen is Mightier than the Sword: Thursdays 10am to 12pm, starting 12 March for 6 weeks at Meadow Well Connected. This free course looks at how to use your imagination and words to empower yourself and others. They say everyone has a book inside them; whether you think you have or not, come along and play, explore, discover the unmistakable strength of your ideas To confirm your attendance, or for more information, please contact Leah at Meadow Well Connected on 0191 3410033 or info@meadowwellconnected.org.uk

Other workshops look at coping with depression, goal setting, positive wellbeing and DBT. You can view all of the current courses on our website. All courses are free to residents of North Tyneside aged 18 and over.

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