Belfast Recovery College

About the Recovery College

What is recovery?

What recovery means

Courses and enrolment

Latest courses and how to enrol

Get in touch

Contact us now



Recovery College offers a range of free courses that are available for anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing including: service users, family members and staff.

Creating and delivering courses together using the combined expertise of mental health professionals and peer trainers with real life experience, breaks down traditional barriers and allows people to learn together to inspire hope, opportunity and control in an individual’s personal recovery journey.  


We follow three key principles:

  1. HOPE – continuing presence of hope that it is possible to pursue one’s goals and ambitions.
  2. CONTROL – the need to maintain a sense of control over one’s life and one’s symptoms.
  3. OPPORTUNITY – the importance of having the opportunity to build a life beyond illness.

What is Recovery?

The word ‘recovery’ can have different meanings to each individual.

“Recovery is about discovering or re-discovering a sense of personal identity, separate from illness or disability.” (Shepherd., Boardman, J.& Slade, M. 2008)

At the Recovery College students have the opportunity to discover who they are, learn skills and tools to promote recovery, find out what they can be, and realise the unique contribution they have to offer. They can see how others have found a way forward and that they can have more control over their life.

Who is it for?

Our courses provide the opportunity to learn together to help increase understanding of each other’s journey in promoting recovery for:

  • Service users
  • Family members
  • Carers
  • Trust workers
  • Members of the community and voluntary sectors

Everyone is known as a 'student'.

Courses we offer

Our courses cover four main areas:

  1. Living and learning about me: Addictions, What is trauma?, Living with Psychosis, Exploring attitudes to mental health.
  2. Building skills, resilience and me: Getting a good night’s sleep, Be active for wellbeing, Mindfulness, Compassion fatigue, Developing friendships and social networks.
  3. The ‘know how’ series: Self-directed support, Understanding psychological therapies.
  4. Giving and getting involved: Value of volunteering, Finding and keeping a job, Co-Facilitators course for Peer Trainers.

All courses are free to attend.

How to apply

To attend a course you must enroll with the Recovery College by downloading and filling in an Enrolment form.

What our users say:

“Really excellent, tutors were very friendly, respectful, informative and genuine and honest when they weren't sure about something and then asked for clarification. Tutors were very articulate.”

“This was a very useful opportunity to take time out to reflect on my experiences as a social worker and a carer.”

“Great workshop and some really good honest discussion.”

Get in touch

For general enquires, course information and enrolment please contact:


Helen Anderson – Recovery College Coordinator






John Morgan – Senior Peer Educator and Learning Facilitator, Data Communications and Project Manager

Telephone: 02895041277
Mobile: 07850937895



Thomas Fisher – Peer Education and Learning Facilitator

Telephone: 02895041277
Mobile: 07850937868



 Sasha Stewart – Administrator
Telephone: 028 9504 8279


 Maria Quinn - Admin Support i-Recovery
Telephone: 028 9504 1136


Lucinda Toal - Administrator
Telephone: 028 9504 4078


Karen Bester – Senior Peer Educator
Lead Peer Educator for Belfast i-Recovery Hub
Number: 028 9504 3422

Ross Kennedy -
Peer Educator i-Recovery
Number:  028 9504 6475

Recovery College
Ground Floor
Lanyon Building
10 North Derby Street
BT15 3HL