Recovery College Cornwall
After experiencing months of debilitating stress my GP referred me to Pentreath, who suggested I enrol with the Recovery College Cornwall (RCC) as they believed the courses would help me. I was so happy to finally find a group of people that really understood how I was feeling – they could put my emotions perfectly into words, which was something I could not do.
The sessions were held online via Skype, which was great for me and worked really well, as at the beginning I would have not ventured out to attend a course. On the first online Skype session I was extremely nervous and emotional, I cried and hardly engaged as I found it completely overwhelming. However, everyone, the tutors, learning support workers and students were always kind, supportive and respectful which made me feel safe, protected and in control. Sharing experiences, tips and ‘gems of wisdom’ with others going through similar situations made a huge difference. I suddenly wasn’t feeling alone or so scared. Over the weeks and months my confidence grew. The RCC sessions gave me numerous tools to try, and the knowledge and understanding to help with what I was going through physically and mentally. So many things just clicked into place and finally made sense. The relief of realising it was ok to feel how I did, and how important it is too to look after yourself instead of others – without mountains of guilt.
I genuinely believe that the support that I received from Pentreath and RCC brought me out of the deep sad lonely cave of anxiety and stress that I was trapped in. I cannot thank them enough for the support they have provided me over the last 4 months as I now have strong foundations and tools which I practice daily to continue to build myself up.
If you are unsure about joining RCC then I would say jump in with both feet, you have a lot to gain and nothing to lose. In my experience the more I engaged the more I got out of it. I appreciate it seems scary right now but the difference in me is huge, I am happy, positive and see a future which is unbelievable compared to where I was a few months ago. I truly believe without the support of Pentreath and RCC I would not be where I am now and nothing would have changed.
Working alongside the Recovery College has been very helpful.
Andrew interviews Jamie, the Recovery College Cornwall manager about his career, his role and much more.
Peer Mentor Andrew discusses mental health techniques and more with Julia, one of the Recovery College Cornwall's Community Trainers.
In this video, Andrew continues with his team interviews by interviewing Tracey, one of the Recovery College Cornwalls' Community Trainers.
In this video, Andrew, one of the Recovery College Cornwall Peer Mentors interviews Nick, a Recovery College Learning Support Worker about the pandemic and what the past year has meant to him.
In this short film Andrew interviews Sarah about the pandemic, the last year and moving forward
In this short film, Andrew interviews Becky about the pandemic, and going forward
Laura, a Recovery College Cornwall learner discusses the challenges she has faced and her experiences at the college.
In this short film, Susan talks to Sarah, of the Recovery College's Learning Support Workers about her experiences with the college
A Learner talks to Lowenna in a Q&A session regarding their experiences with Recovery College Cornwall.
In this short film, Marc discusses his personal experiences with Recovery College Cornwall with Lowenna, one of our Learning Support Workers
In this moving testimonial a Recovery College Cornwall learner describes their mental ill health, their recovery journey and the role RCC played.
The Recovery College has helped me gain confidence in myself to talk to new people...
In this short film, Andrew one of the Recovery College Cornwall's Peer Mentors interviews Lowenna, one of the Learning Support Workers about her work.
In this short video Tracey, one of RCC's Community Trainers talks to the newest Peer Mentors about the recovery journey, and those crucial 1st steps.
In this short video Andrew talks to Lowenna, Learning Support Worker about his on-going journey and his emerging role as a trained Peer Mentor with Recovery College Cornwall
In this short video Joanne talks to Becky, one of our Learning Support Workers about her experiences with Recovery College Cornwall, and her next steps on her road to recovery.
In this short video the amazing Kat talks about her journey, her next steps and the way in which Recovery College Cornwall has supported her.
In this short video Becky, one of our Learning Support Workers talks to Karen about her experiences with Recovery College Cornwall.
In this short video Mim, a Recovery College learner, discusses her experiences with Julia, one of our Community Trainers.
In this short video from our YouTube channel, Julie talks to Nick, one of our Learning Support Workers' about her experiences with Recovery College Cornwall
In this short video from our YouTube channel, Sam a learner with Recovery College Cornwall discusses her experience of Recovery College with our Employment Coach, Lisa
In this video from our YouTube channel, Sarah a learner talks to Sarah, one of our Learning Support Workers about her experiences with Recovery College Cornwall
In this short video from our YouTube channel, Nick one of our Learning Support Workers talks to Rob about his experiences with Recovery College Cornwall.
In this short video from our YouTube channel, Shannon talks to Becky, one of our Learning Support Workers about his experiences with Recovery College Cornwall.
In this short video from our YouTube Channel, Andrew a leaner with Recovery College Cornwall talks to Tracey one of our Community Trainers' about his experiences with the college.
In this short video Kat, a learner with Recovery College Cornwall discusses her experiences with Skype, the courses and more!
The Recovery College has been 6 weeks of learning & making friends with tutors & others.
I had a brilliant time at Recovery College, everyone is very nice and the courses are extremely fun.
Thank you for this totally fantastic journey that has been the recovery college.
I have been in recovery from a toxic relationship and off sick for a while.
Recovery College helped me overcome the challenges I have to face in my life.
I started recovery college because I wanted to get ready for a course that I am going to attend, and I felt like I would need some training or at least a refresher in how to deal with...
I would like to day that the help that I am recieving from Recovery College is vital to me.
When I started I felt anxious, but it has been amazing.
When I first came here I wasn’t sure...
Being a part of Recovery College has really opened my eyes...
I’ve really enjoyed coming to college...
So pleased that we discovered Recovery College, what a find!
I have gained my independence back...
It’s been fun...
From the outset...
I feel this has raised my confidence!...
When I first started going to the Recovery College I was incredibly anxious..
I have been very fortunate to be involved with the Recovery College Cornwall (RCC) from the outset...
If you feel that you need to talk to someone urgently then please call the 24/7 Cornwall mental health helpline on 0800 0385 300. You can call for free, any time of day or night, if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health. The team behind the 24/7 telephone service will listen to you and determine how best to help. Alternatively, please call the Samaritans on 116 123.