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Bucks Recovery College

Buckinghamshire Recovery College is an educational environment for people to engage in social, leisure, creative and educational opportunities designed to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding about mental health and recovery to equip them to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Buckinghamshire Recovery College offers a range of courses which are co-produced and co-facilitated by a Lived Experienced Tutor (someone with lived experience) and a Professional Tutor by Training (Mental Health Care Professional). This co-production which combines expertise by experience and professional experts is central to the ethos of the college. It contributes to the wellbeing and recovery of students to recognise their own resourcefulness, talents and skills in order to become experts in their own self-care. Although these educational courses are not therapy, nor clinical intervention, we believe the courses inspire individual and collective potential, helping care of self and others.

Courses are open to service users who are 18+years of age, their carers and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, staff members.

Your recovery journey

A person’s journey of recovery is a highly individual process. It is about developing a meaningful and satisfying life regardless of a condition or diagnosis; as well as to enable students to discover and develop skills and talents to become all they want to be and do all they want to do!

Specialist treatment like therapy and medication may be important but it is only a part of the story. Everyone’s journey of recovery is individual and uniquely personal – there is no formula, but there does appear to be three things that are critical:

  • Hope – recovery needs hope. Relationships are key in supporting and fostering hope. It is difficult to believe in yourself if everyone around you thinks you will never amount to very much. When students find it hard to believe in themselves and their possibilities, they need others to believe in them and hold on to hope for them.
  • Control – choosing your goals. Recovery involves taking back control of your life and destiny; finding purpose, meaning and direction in life; deciding what is important to you and finding new dreams and ambitions. It may also include taking control of their own recovery and self-care and working out ways of managing problems so they don’t get in the way of you pursuing their goals and deciding what help and support they need in order to pursue their ambitions
  • Opportunity – recovery is impossible without opening up opportunity for a life beyond illness. Doing the things that give your life value such as meaningful occupation, work, and participation in community life and leisure activities.

The Recovery College aims to build up a student’s resilience with regards their mental health.

Online learning

Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic and lockdown regulations all courses are being taught online using Microsoft Teams.

Download our timetable of course. 


Prospective service users, Carers and staff members who are interested in enrolling can apply for courses using the Revised Student Induction form which comprises of the on-line learning contract.

Students induction forms should be submitted by e-mail to:


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