Compass Recovery College celebrates its first anniversary with prospectus launch.

RESIDENTS are invited to mark the first anniversary of the Compass Recovery College at the launch of the Autumn Prospectus at Greyfriars Church on 16 August.

The Compass Recovery College launched back in September 2016 in partnership with New Directions and Sport in Mind. It aims to promote good mental health and improve mental wellbeing through the encouragement of self-management and promoting user independence and integration into the wider community. All of the courses offered by the college are free and are designed and delivered by people with experiences of mental health challenges, clinic staff, and other professionals. The college is located at The Avenue Centre, Conway Close, Tilehurst.

The prospectus launch is being held on Wednesday 16 August at Greyfriars Church in Friar Street between 11am and 2pm.

The event aims to reach out to those who are unaware of the college, and what it can offer to those with mental health challenges. Residents will be able to find out more about courses, workshops with peer support workers attending to discuss over tea, coffee and cake.

Cllr Rachel Eden, Reading’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“I am encouraged by the immensely positive feedback that the Recovery College has received since its launch last year. The college provides a supportive, friendly and welcoming environment where students can learn and share their experiences in confidence and support each other on the road to recovery, and it was particularly pleasing to see students describe the staff as a ‘fantastic mental health team.’”

“I would encourage anyone who has experience of mental health challenges to come along on 16 August to learn more about possible opportunities with the Recovery College to make the most of their life.”

The college is open to anyone over the age of 18 with first-hand experience of mental illness, as well as their friends, family, carers or mental health practitioners and clinicians.

Students at the college have spoken fondly of the service they have received in the past year, with one who has recently completed courses at the college saying “the Recovery College has given me a lot more confidence in managing my mental health. I have met some great people while attending and feel positive about the future”.

More information on how to access mental health services in Reading beyond Compass Recovery College is available at: http://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/advice.page?id=n0eWsuf2uVo

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Notes to Editors

Compass Recovery College works in close collaboration with New Directions Adult Education College as well a number of partner organisations including:

New Directions, Adult Education College

Berkshire Health Trust Foundation

Reading Voluntary Action

Sport In Mind

Earley Crescent Centre

IRIS, Drug and Alcohol Service

Reading Community Learning Network

For more information about Compass Recovery College call: 0118 937 3945 or email: compass.opportuniies@reading.gov.uk