Oxfordshire Recovery College

About this Recovery College:

Oxfordshire Recovery College:

Discover a shared journey of recovery through learning…

At Oxfordshire Recovery College we believe that people learn best with others, sharing their experiences and their journeys. Because of this, you’ll find all of our courses are really interactive, with plenty of space for you to hear from other students.

We believe that people are the experts in their own experience, and therefore they can make good choices about what tools might help them. Because of this, we don’t tell you which courses you have to do, but instead encourage you to pick topics that sound interesting and useful to you.

We believe that lived experience and professional expertise go hand-in-hand, and are both equally valuable. Because of this, you’ll notice that all of our courses are written and delivered by both an ‘Expert by Experience’ and an ‘Expert by Training’, who use their combined knowledge to give you up-to-date and genuine suggestions and information.

Lastly, we believe that learning about our mental health can give us hope for the future, opportunities to make changes, and a larger amount of control over what’s happening to us or our loved ones. Because of this, we provide a wide range of courses all about mental health and wellbeing, and regular one-to-one Individual Learning Plan appointments to help you move forward.

What are Recovery Colleges?

Recovery Colleges are different to any mental health support services you’ve seen before.

Rather than taking a clinical or therapeutic approach (doing things like providing diagnosis, prescribing medication or giving counselling), we follow an educational approach to recovery. This means that we believe that the more we can learn about ourselves, a particular diagnosis, or about tried-and-tested strategies, the more we can look after ourselves and each other.

We aren’t saying that other approaches aren’t useful too – in fact, we think learning at the Recovery College often works best when it’s done alongside other treatment or therapies. However, we do think there’s something really powerful about equipping yourself with lots of knowledge and tools that you’ve found to work well for you.

The other thing that’s really special about the Recovery College approach is Co-Production. This means that everything we do, from designing and delivering the courses to strategic decisions, is done together. We have two types of Tutors: Experts by Experience and Experts by Training, who work together closely to provide a rounded and thorough perspective on any topic you may be studying with us. This draws on both professional expertise and lived experience, and we think that both are equally important.

Lastly, Recovery Colleges are for everyone – people experiencing mental health challenges; carers, friends and family; staff and volunteers; and just about anyone else! We think that there’s real value in all of these different people learning together and sharing their experiences.


Give us a ring!

You can book and amend course reservations over the phone, and of course ask any questions you might have about the college.

Our office number is 01865 779 613, so give us a call!

Send us an email!

The best email address to reach us on for any general enquiries is [email protected].

If you’d like to get in touch with a particular member of the team, please either contact the email address above, or call the office, and we’ll be happy to help

How to find us

All of our courses in Oxford our held at our training room, The Straw Bale, which is just behind the main Restore building in Oxford. Please take a look at the video at the bottom of the page which will explain ‘How to Find Us’ at The Straw Bale.


The Straw Bale, Restore, Manzil Way, Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1YH

Our courses at other locations, such as Banbury, Didcot and Witney, use a range of community venues. Full venue information for any courses you book on to will be sent out to you in advance.

All our in-person Individual Learning Plan (ILP) appointments are held at Restore, Manzil Way, Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1YH. Here we have a fully accessible meeting room space in the Restore building, specifically for these appointments.

For further directions or information about parking, or how to find us, please just give us a ring (01865 779613) or drop us an email ([email protected])


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