Central & North West London Recovery and Wellbeing College (CNWL)

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Central & North West London Recovery and Wellbeing College (CNWL)

About this Recovery College:

Recovery and Wellbeing College

Welcome to the CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College.

Our range of educational courses, workshops and resources are free to people who use CNWL services, their supporters including friends, family or carers and CNWL staff.  They are also free for people who have been discharged from our services within the last 12 months.

At the College we believe in, and work towards, a society where people with mental health or physical health difficulties have access to the same opportunities in life as everyone else.  We support each other to recognise and develop our talents and resources so that we can become experts in our own self-care and do the things we want to do in life.

We are not a formal College – we don’t assess people or provide qualifications - neither do we provide therapy.  Instead our workshops are a safe, empowering and non-stigmatising space to explore, share and learn together and support each other on a journey of self-discovery.

We would love to be able to see you in person but because we can’t do this in the current situation – our workshops are now available online on Zoom.  All you need is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer with an internet connection.

Zoom practice sessions are available if you are unsure about going online and just want to connect with people first and try Zoom out.

We will start face to face training again as soon as we can.

CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College is a learning and development centre providing a range of educational courses, workshops and resources for people with mental health difficulties who are using CNWL services, or have been discharged in the past 12 months, their carers, supporters and family members and staff from all areas of the Trust.

We recognise that lived experience of people with mental health difficulties and the experiences of those that support them are just as valuable as the expertise of mental health professionals.

Co-production is at the core of our practice. It is a process of collaboration between mental health professionals and peer recovery trainers (those with lived experience of mental health conditions) working together to develop and deliver courses aimed at empowering students with the information and practical steps they need to guide them on their journey to recovery.

The College thrives on partnership. We bring together people with professional experience of mental health and people with lived experience of mental health to design innovative courses that actually make a difference. All of our courses and workshops are designed to contribute towards wellbeing and recovery and are co-delivered by people who have the personal experience of living with mental health difficulties, known as peer recovery trainers.

We aim to promote opportunities for the recovery and social inclusion of people with different mental health experiences. We do this in a safe environment that nurtures hope, fosters growth, creates opportunity and draws on the strength of peer-to-peer support.


Our values

We see recovery as a personal journey which is unique to each individual.

All our workshops are co-developed and co-delivered by people with life experience of recovery (peer trainers) alongside people who have clinical or health professional experience of supporting people (practitioner trainers).

Our core values are:

Hope: Believing in the possibility that things can get better

Opportunity: Feeling and being part of your world again and rebuilding a sense of self

Control: Having control over your problems and your life and being in the driving seat

We define recovery as the personal journey people with different mental health experiences take to rebuild, re-discover their strengths and live meaningful, hopeful and satisfying lives.

For some people the concept of recovery is about taking and staying in control of their lives, despite experiencing mental or physical health challenges. Self-management and self-determination are the foundations of recovery as people define their own goals and plan their own journey towards these goals.

Having a sense of wellbeing is an integral part of the recovery journey. Wellbeing incorporates connecting with people, being active, taking notice of what is around you, learning and giving.

Although clinical recovery may be included in this journey the aims and aspirations of personal recovery are far more extensive. Recovery is holistic and embraces the whole person, including their mind, body, spirit and community. It gives people the opportunity to reach their full potential. People facing mental and physical health challenges develop their own definition of recovery.

Telephone:

02032145686
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