A new “college” has opened to help those who have suffered mental or physical ill-health back on the road to recovery.
Recovery College Kirklees has been launched in Mirfield by the NHS trust responsible for mental wellbeing in Kirklees.
It aims to help people learn their way back to full fitness.
The college offers courses on a range of different topics including health and wellbeing, art and business.
Matt Ellis, Kirklees Recovery College lead, who is leading on the development of the college in Kirklees, said: “The opening of a Recovery College in Kirklees is an exciting development in the way we help people to recover from health problems.
“Developing a college that focuses on recovery allows us to use people’s personal experiences and struggles to help them find a creative path that works for them as they move towards living a meaningful life.
“We have lots of courses which we are piloting over the next couple of months that will help to develop people’s strengths – enabling them to understand their own challenges and how they can manage these to meet their individual goals.
“All the courses have been designed and delivered by people with experience of health problems, alongside people with professional experience.
“Those who have experience of health problems are the experts – and by making sure they’re involved from the beginning – we’re able to use their knowledge and experience to offer support to others.”
The Recovery College has been founded by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides a range of mental health and learning disability services in Kirklees and Calderdale.
Steven Michael OBE, chief executive at the Trust explained, “We know that each person in touch with our NHS services has a unique view on what living well means to them.
“Our role is to help people gain greater control and responsibility for their future.
“It’s about self care, self management and working in true partnership – these are the principles that have guided the development of our Recovery Colleges.”
The college is based at Pathways day centre at Nettleton Road but some classes will be at other locations.
For more information about the Recovery College in Kirklees, including details of courses now available and how to book your place visit www.kirkleesrecoverycollege.co.uk , call 01924 326540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org