Recovery College Update 5th of June

Hello Recovery College students, peers and tutors,

Welcome to Joyful June – we’ve attached a planner for the month that helps to give focus for each day. 

On Tuesday’s Zoomday we welcomed Kate Lindsay for a session about mindfulness – all the students really enjoyed it, so much so we are looking at doing a summer school block.  Here’s the link to take part yourself:

We have two new courses starting next week –

Film Forum with Richard Warden starting on Monday 8th June at 1.00pm, ahead of next week’s Archive Film and Wellbeing session, it would be great if the participants could view a segment of From Scotland with Love. Just over 50 minutes of the film is available for free at the following link:

The full film is on BBC iPlayer


Zoom link –

Listening and Empathy with Karen Krawczyk on Thursday 11th June 1pm

contact Trish to join this course.

Celebration of Learning Event is being planned to mark the end of the Recovery College year, probably at the end of June, date will be confirmed next week. We are making a film to cover the highlights and looking for some students to share their experience of being at Recovery college, either send an email with some words we can quote, to Trish, but we would love some of you to have a short chat with us on Zoom so we can record it and put in the film. Any volunteers, please? After Tues Zoom next week be prepared to stay on the chat if you are willing to talk. Or contact Trish and Jeanette will make a plan with you.

Summer School

We had planned to spend the summer reviewing and planning for autumn term but since lock down is still here we are developing a lighter summer school programme. Hopefully it will include a series of Poetry workshops, some Mindfulness workshops and Mindful Photography workshops with challenges.

Autumn Semester

Over the next few months we will be talking to you all about reviewing your learning needs. It is likely that next semester will include some socially distanced face to face classes, so fewer people alongside online Zoom workshops.

The SMHAF week 5 programme is now live, You can find full details here – 

Our film highlight is The Voices From Inside, a documentary about Marianne, a woman who fights to live with the voices she hears inside her and support others in her community as they navigate their own journeys with mental health. A truly radical film in its message of choosing acceptance over othering, it was the winner of this year’s Voices Of Experience award this year. You can watch the film here – 

There is also a Family Shorts programme from 2019. Aimed at engaging young minds in mental health matters, these short films explore wellbeing, worries and emotions in creative and colourful ways. We hope that it can provide some entertainment during lockdown and perhaps act as a way into talking with your children about mental health. You can watch the films here – 

It is lovely to get messages of support and feedback, thank you for all of you who have sent an email or chatted on the phone. It is remarkable how well so many of you have coped with this time and maintained your recovery and continued to learn and grow.

Stay Safe, Stay Connected

Jeanette, Molly, Trish and Lainey

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