City and Hackney Recovery College

City & Hackney Recovery College
23 Primrose Square,

London  E9 7TS
The City & Hackney Recovery College is open from 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday. To enroll on a course or courses please contact the college via telephone or email first to arrange an appointment.

The Recovery College in City & Hackney has been designed to develop courses to empower people to become experts in their own self-care and wellbeing. The courses are designed to give students the tools they need to manage their conditions and for families, friends, carers, staff and members of the public to better understand mental health conditions and support people in their recovery journey. 

Open coffee and cake sessions 
Thursdays from 10:30am - 12:00pm there will be an open coffee and cake house at the City & Hackney Recovery College - these sessions are free and the aim is for people to come along and engage in conversations about what's going on at the college and within the community. People can also use this opportunity to sign up to classes. 

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We have four options on how to enroll at the Recovery College:

1. Give us a call or drop us an email to enroll over the phone

Once we have all the information we will process your application form and send your letter of acceptance with all the courses you have selected and any other information required via post or email depending on your preferred selection of communication.

2. Call or email us to request an application/ prospectus sent in the post or via email

All our forms are in electronic forms so you will be able to complete these online if you wish and then just email or post back to us. 

3. Call us to arrange an appointments

We now have more things going on at the college and we ask for potential students to give us a call to arrange a face to face appointment or alternatively if you can not make an appointment you can drop in every Thursday between 10:30am and 12pm at our Coffee and Cake mornings to enrol then. 

4. Attend one of our four yearly open days

We have an open day at the beginning of each term, dates and times change so we advertise our open days by posting on our social media accounts, online website and emailing community teams and local GP's. for more information around open days please contact us and we will send our more information. 

Our principles and who we are:

  • Our main aim is to deliver education; giving people space to learn , develop and grow to have a better understanding of mental health. 
  • Building partnerships, trust and hope
  • Valuing co-production and working with others. 
  • Investing in hope and empowerment. 
  • Offering a supportive environment that’s free from mental health stigma and discrimination. 
  • Being positive, friendly and professional. 
  • Respecting everyone’s views and opinions. 

Our courses are based around the ethos of the 5 to Thrive principles:

  1. Connect with others
  2. Be physically active
  3. Continue to learn 
  4. Give to those around you
  5. Be mindful

Co-production, co-delivery & co-learning:

Co-production is where tutors who are Experts by Profession work together with tutors who are Experts by 

  • Experience to develop a course for City & Hackney Recovery College by setting learning objectives and developing a session plan. 
  • Having expert knowledge of the topic is most important, regardless of whether you are an Expert by Profession or Experience.
  • Each co-producer has equally valued input into the decision making process, the course content and the production of the final session plan.  
  • Co-production means that all comments and opinions made by the Expert by Experience and the Expert by Profession are fully explored and respected. Differences of opinion are discussed and time is allowed for compromises to be negotiated. 
  • The final session plan reflects all the contributions made by each tutor during the co-production process.
  • Co-delivery means that each course is delivered by a trained tutor who is an Expert by Experience and a trained tutor who is an Expert by Profession. This means that one person is not supporting or secondary to the other and there is equality of roles.
  • Co-learning means that students who have experienced mental health difficulties learn with students who have not so that students can learn from one another’s experience.

Individual Learning Plans:
An Individual Learning Plan helps a student to identify their specific learning goals for the term and reflect on their progress. Goals can include ambitions that a student has for their personal learning and recovery journey. The Individual Learning Plan (ILP) does not have to be detailed. It provides an opportunity discuss learning needs; decide which courses to enroll on and the kind of support that could be offered by our tutors.  

The Buddy system: 
The purpose is to make the college more accessible to everyone who wishes to use it. It is aimed at those who require support with getting to a course, managing anxiety around attending a course and if they wish attending the course with them. This can be requested when you enroll. 

A classmate is required to offer support, as the student requests, in terms of attending the college:

  • Meet a student in the community and accompany them to college.
  • Meet with a student at the course venue and remain for the class
  • Allow student time to share their anxieties and to provide encouragement to continue attending the course.

Getting involved at City & Hackney Recovery College
Here at City & Hackney we have a variety of opportunities where we welcome the help and support of others. If you are interested in joining us in one of the roles below then please get in touch.

  • Peer support Tutor
  • Buddy Support for students 
  • Tutor by Profession
  • Volunteer help

Frequently asked questions 

What happens if the course I want to enroll on is full? 
We have a waiting list-as soon as a space becomes available we will let you know. 

What should I do if I cannot attend a course?
Please call Rachael or Courtney and let them know, they can then inform the tutors.

How much does it cost?
 Courses are free of charge to:

  • All residents of the London Borough of City & Hackney
  • People whose workplace is in the London Borough of City & Hackney
  • People who are careers, family members, friends or loved ones of a person resident in Hackney who has experienced mental health problems, even if they  are not resident in the London Borough of City & Hackney themselves

Who should I contact if I have an idea for a course?
Use the contact information above-we always want more people to join the college with ideas.