Recovery College

The SET Recovery College offers free educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase your knowledge and skills and promote self-management. Courses are available to anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing including: service users; family members and staff.

Each course is co-produced and co-facilitated by Recovery College Tutors. At least one tutor will have lived experience of mental health recovery and the other will have learned experience of the subject area. Both tutors have a special interest in mental health recovery.

The Recovery College promotes three themes: hope, opportunity and control.


The Recovery College Vision is to be an educational centre of excellence that
nurtures recovery. The College aims to communicate that mental health recovery
can be a reality for all. We strive to develop a College that is free from stigma, is strengths-based and always seeks to realise the person, not the illness.

The Recovery College provides a range of educational courses/workshops for
people who use or have used services, their supporters (family, friends and
carers), staff and members’ of the community and voluntary sector.

The work of the Recovery College builds upon the national drive to create a society in which people with mental health conditions have access to the same opportunities in life as everyone else and are able to play an active and participatory role in their local communities.

Click here to view the Recovery College principles

Who is it for?                            

The Recovery College is available to anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing including:

Service users
Family members
Trust employees
Members of the community and voluntary sectors

Please note: booking is essential

Courses Offered

Please note all courses are currently being delivered online due to COVID-19

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How to access the Recovery College?

The Recovery College has campuses throughout the South Eastern Trust as shown in the map. For more information about what courses are running in your area please download a copy of the prospectus or contact the office for further information on 028 90413872 (email:

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What our students say about the Recovery College

“The Recovery College has been instrumental in my recovery- it has helped me rediscover myself again and find a new identity”

“My opinions and experience was valued and respected.”

“I firmly believe that the Recovery College is the way forward for mental health treatment & recovery. The sessions shortened my inpatient stay.”

Annual Report

Please click here to download the 2016/2017 annual report

Get in touch

For more information or to book onto a course, please contact the Recovery College administration office:

Recovery College
Main Office
Home 3, Ulster Hospital Dundonald
Upper Newtownards Road,
BT16 1RH
(028) 9041 3872 Ext. 89872

What is Co-Production?

Co-production is a relationship where professionals and service users share power to plan and deliver support together, recognising that both have vital contributions to make.

It is a meeting of two experts, clinician (learned experience) and service user (lived experience) each with their respective knowledge and skills.

We believe that co-production can transform people’s lives. For co-production to become part of the way we work, we strive to create a culture where the following values and behaviours are the norm.

Click here to view the Recovery College co-production charter

Opportunities to get involved in Co-production

The Recovery College offers a range of opportunities for people with lived and learned experiences to get involved including: course design; co-facilitation; volunteering; committee representation (aka sub-group representative).

If you are interested in getting involved in the Recovery College, please complete the expression of interest form and return it by email or post to Anna Chapman.

Please click here to download the co-production expression of interest form


Postal Address:
Anna Chapman
Recovery College Co-ordinator
Mental Health
Home 3, Ulster Hospital
Upper Newtownards Road
BT16 1RH