What is the Recovery College?

The St Mungo’s Recovery College is a pioneering, inclusive learning programme, based on the principle that learning can be a transformative experience. All activities at our College are underpinned by our recovery service ethos.

The Recovery College learning experience is based on principles of coproduction. Courses are designed, delivered and attended by St Mungo’s clients, staff and volunteers, and they are also open to the general public. All our courses are free and run by volunteers.

We offer workshops for those with no experience in teaching who are interested in running a course and are not sure how.

Unlike at traditional colleges, the main focus is not on achieving a qualification. Instead, the Recovery College provides a supportive educational environment in which people have the opportunity to sample a wide range of subjects and wellbeing activities alongside a diverse group of peer learners.

We have hubs in London and Bristol and we are planning on expanding our offer through other Recovery College hubs and in St Mungo’s services.

What’s on?

You can download the prospectuses for our London and Bristol Recovery Colleges to see what’s currently on offer.

We often have new courses for each term, so if you don’t see something you’d like to take part in now, check back to see if there’s something for you throughout the year.

Or, if there’s a topic that you think you could offer as a course for others, please contact recovery.college@mungos.org so we can discuss your idea.

We’re also currently developing a new “Recovery College Hub” at Cedars Road in Clapham – look out for more details soon.

Rushworth Street - London:

The Recovery College is open to everyone – clients and members of the public alike. We want people who are enthusiastic about learning.

The next period for enrolment will be 19 to 21 September for the autumn term.

To enrol, you’ll need to go to Rushworth Street. If you can’t make it, please email recovery.college@mungos.org. You can also come along 15 minutes before a course you want to try and you can complete a simple enrolment form which lets you attend all the courses at the Rushworth Street Recovery College.

For courses at the Bristol Recovery Hub you’ll need to come along to 1 New Street, St Judes, Bristol, BS2 9DX.

If you have any questions or need any help, just call 0117 954 2955 or email bristolrecoverycollege@mungos.org.

Term dates:

12 June to 28 July

Come along to ‘Get Involved Wednesdays’, every Wednesday from 2 – 3:30pm at 94 Redcliffe Gardens, SW10 9HH.

We hold an open meeting and workshop session for clients, staff, volunteers and anyone who wants to help build and be part of this learning community.

If you have any questions please contact Eileen at eileen.egerton@mungos.org.

Janet’s story …

The Recovery College places a big emphasis on involving clients every step of the way. Here, Janet, a former client turned tutor, tells of how she got involved.

Janet, Recovery College Tutor

My journey began when I was living at a St Mungo’s project. The residents were invited to an enrolment day at the Recovery College. I was interested in the art classes offered in the evening so I signed up, went along and enjoyed myself.

In the prospectus I noticed a ‘Become a Recovery College Tutor’ training day that was open to anyone. After attending it I submitted a proposal to teach my own art class. The proposal was accepted and I have now been teaching the ‘Art of Life’ course for over twelve months.

Building on this success, I am now doing a Fine Art and Design Diploma course at the City Lit. Plus, my ‘Art of Life’ students have had their work published in ‘Homeless Diamonds’ arts magazine and I am in the process of setting up a website to display their work.

Janet’s ‘Art of Life’ course is running on Mondays from 4.30pm to 6pm.