What is the Recovery College?

Our Recovery Colleges, which now operate in London, Bristol and Reading, provide an inclusive learning, training and employment programme for our clients, based on the principle that learning and paid work can be a transformative experience.

There is a wide range of opportunities to choose from: everything from our core skills areas – digital, numeracy and literacy – to vocational training in construction, and courses which boost wellbeing and confidence, such as gardening, arts and music.

Our courses are designed and facilitated by a mix of peers, community and corporate volunteers, and expert sessional tutors. There is also specialist employment support available for anyone who wants to get a job, wherever they are in their recovery.

What’s on?

During COVID-19

Following government guidance on social distancing, the Recovery College has suspended face-to-face activities until further notice.

To ensure all St Mungo’s clients have as much support as possible during this time, we are offering a range of remote classes and activities for clients in any location to join either online or over the phone.

See Remote Recovery College Leaflet and Remote Recovery College Timetable for what’s available.

If you would like to talk to the Recovery College team about specific activities and how to access them, or if you have any other enquiries, please get in touch on 0203 239 5918 (Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm) or recoverycollege@mungos.org

Set in our New Street Hub in the heart of St Jude’s, we offer a safe, inclusive and creative learning space underpinned by our recovery service ethos.

Courses are designed, delivered and attended for and with St Mungo’s clients. All our courses are free and run by volunteers.

Download our prospectus to find out what's on between September and December 2019

For more information, please call 0117 954 2955 or email bristolrecoverycollege@mungos.org.

The Leicester Recovery College is a friendly, supportive place to try new things and progress your personal goals. We offer courses in literacy, numeracy and digital skills as well as a wide range of creative and practical activities for those who want to discover what their interests are.

We are based at the Dawn Centre on Conduit Street. You can join the Leicester Recovery College if you are currently receiving support from a number of services, or have done so in the last two years. Please download our prospectus for more information on courses and how to join.

We're excited to be opening a new Recovery College in Reading on 30 September 2019. The Recovery College will provide a programme of drop-in sessions, courses and one-to-one support.

Download the activity timetable to find out more about courses we plan to offer.

Please email recoverycollegereading@mungos.org for more information or to arrange an induction meeting.

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 who want to help build and be part of this learning community. Take a look at our timetable for all of our activities between September and December 2019.

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

The Recovery College is open to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. There are lots of courses available for people who are enthusiastic about learning.

Download out timetable to find out more about courses on offer until Spring 2020. 

To sign up for a course you’ll need to enrol at Rushworth Street. You can book an appointment to come in and see us at any time of the year. You can also come along 15 minutes before a course you want to try and complete a simple enrolment form.

For more information, please contact recovery.college@mungos.org or phone 020 7902 7964.

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.