The Mersey Care Recovery College aims to reduce stigma of mental health in communities and as such delivers its courses in various community venues across Merseyside. The Mersey Care Recovery College has also been adapted to meet the needs of people in inpatient settings including secure care.
We now have a base at the Life Rooms Walton and Southport.
CAN I STILL ATTEND THE COLLEGE IF I DIDN’T HAVE A PARTICULARLY GOOD EXPERIENCE AT SCHOOL?
We know it can be a daunting experience going back into a learning environment, especially if you have had a negative education experience in the past or you have been out of education for a long time. Remember there is NO requirement to be at any particular academic level. All we ask is that that you participate, complete and learn from the course. We are also fully aware that people learn in different ways and our courses are designed taking this into account.
Our friendly team are available to answer any questions you may have on the phone from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Please don’t hesitate to call us or send an email. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel at ease about making a positive step in your recovery.
NOT YET READY TO COMMIT?
Still not sure whether the Mersey Care Recovery College is right for you? We are here for you when you are ready. Remember that we run regular open days and open evenings where you are free to have a look around the college, meet some of the staff and students and get your own feel for the place. You don’t have to do this alone; you are welcome to bring someone along to support you. You can also contact the College Administrator to organise an informal visit and we will do our best to fit an appointment in around you.
WHEN IS THE RECOVERY COLLEGE OPEN?
Course dates vary so please contact us to find out when your chosen course begins or speak to a member of staff. The opening hours will be Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. As well as daytime courses we may run some evening courses.
WILL I NEED TO SHARE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION ON THE COURSE?
Our course descriptions highlight the courses that involve the sharing of personal information to enhance learning. However you can rest assured that we place great importance on maintaining student’s confidentiality. The only time that confidential information may be shared is if we feel that your safety or another person’s safety is at risk.
HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE ON A COURSE WITH ME?
This varies depending on the course. The average is around 10 to 12 per course. Some of the shorter taster courses or workshops may have a maximum of 25. Our aim is to keep the courses small and friendly.
DO I NEED TO BE REFERRED BY THE SERVICE OR A TEAM?
There is no need for a referral. The Mersey Care Recovery College is designed for anyone with lived and professional experience of mental health, addiction and learning disability services and we operate in the same way as any adult learning centre would. Your local team or service may recommend the Mersey Care Recovery College to you and support you with enrolment onto a course but they cannot refer.
WILL THE SERVICE KNOW I’M ATTENDING A COURSE?
The service will only know if you choose to tell them. Whilst you are at the Mersey Care Recovery College you will be a student and not a service user there is no need for us to inform them. However for some, you may benefit from working in partnership with the person who supports you from the service as they may be able to support you to attend and put your learning into practice.
For courses held within our secure settings, the service will know you are attending. We will work collaboratively with students and the team to enable and support attendance and learning.
I WORK FOR THE TRUST AND I AM INTERESTED IN A COURSE. CAN I ENROL?
Yes! If you want to learn more to help you in your practice or to manage your own personal recovery and wellbeing you can enrol. You will however need your line manager’s support to attend a course as with any application for study leave.
I’M CARING FOR SOMEONE WHO USES SERVICES. CAN I ENROL ON A COURSE?
Yes you can. Our courses are designed for family, friends and carers as well as people who use our services. We believe that bringing all these different perspectives together creates the richest learning experience for everyone.
I’M CONCERNED THAT I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE COLLEGE DUE TO MY DISABILITY.
We are committed to working with all students to ensure an accessible and inclusive learning environment for all. Please let us know in advance of attending your course if you have any particular adjustments to support your learning ad we will do our best to accommodate them.
HOW DO I FIND OUT FURTHER INFORMATION OR CHECK AVAILABILITY ON A COURSE?
We are always happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. Phone the enrolment office on 0151 330 4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’M WORRIED I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FINISH THE COURSE. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T FINISH?
In order to be considered as having completed a course we will expect you to have attended all the sessions. However, we understand that there are special circumstances or genuine reasons why you may find it difficult to attend sessions that you may have committed to. Our tutors will talk through with you any difficulties you may be having in attending.
We cannot guarantee to continue to offer places on courses to people who repeatedly fail to attend any or all of the sessions.
WHAT NEXT? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I HAVE FINISHED A COURSE?
At the Mersey Care Recovery College we are aware that your time with us may only be a small part of your journey and we want to continue to work with you to support your learning in order that you reach your goals and achieve your ambitions.
With this in mind our tutors try to keep their finger on the pulse of opportunities that lie beyond the
Recovery College both within Mersey Care and our local communities. So if you find yourself saying ‘What should I do next?’, why don’t you arrange an informal chat with a college facilitator to discuss your options or simply ask for a list of options available to you.
ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME TO BE MORE DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH THE MERSEY CARE RECOVERY COLLEGE?
Yes. In the spirit of co-production and co-delivery we welcome the contributions of anyone with lived experience, large or small. So if you’d like to propose a course, make a donation, volunteer your free time or think you could provide a valuable role as a tutor, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
THINK WE CAN DO EVEN BETTER?
LET US KNOW…At the Mersey Care Recovery College we are always learning. Always striving to improve and grow, and appreciate feedback from you, the learner. If you think our courses can be improved then please let us know. We are always open to your opinion, and with your help we aim to make Mersey Care Recovery College the best in the UK.
“THE RECOVERY COLLEGE GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO REDISCOVER YOUR POTENTIAL”
HOW TO ENROL
We make enrolling as easy as possible. Once you have had a look at the prospectus and decided on a course:
Call us on 0151 330 4140
Complete our enrolment form and return it to us at: Mersey Care Recovery College, The Life Rooms, Walton, Evered Avenue, L9 2AF.
Follow us on twitter @RC_MerseyCare and like us on Facebook.
If there’s anything you’re not sure about get in touch and we can organise for you to come and have a look around, meet some of our staff and students and get a feel for the college.
We want to learn too. If you think our courses can be improved then please let us know.