Our courses

All our courses are fully co-produced and co-delivered by experts by profession (people who have professional knowledge in a particular subject area) and experts by experience (people who have personal experience of a particular health challenge).

This approach empowers people to use their experiences to help others on their recovery journey. We have found that this way of working really brings a different dynamic to the college. Here you can read some feedback from our experts by profession and experts by experience.

Expert by profession feedback

“I really enjoyed working with Lucy (peer trainer) to co-produce the Coping With Change course. I learned so much from her and found that I was able to work much more creatively having her input; it was invaluable and added an extra dimension. I’m really excited to be involved in the delivery of this co-produced course.”

Nic Holliday, Occupational Therapist for Pennine Care

 
Experts by experience feedback

"I really enjoyed developing ideas for future courses, creating a whole timeline for the college and feeding back on how courses gone so far. It’s always been fun and exciting and I always come away having learned so much! I came away from the session feeling great that my ideas and opinions had been really listened to. I feel I have really had a positive impact on how the college is developing. I’d love for more students to get involved in these sessions as student opinions really do help the college greatly.”

Amy Wilcox-Jones, 23, from Oldham

 

We now have an extensive and expanding range of fully co-produced courses on offer - see our latest prospectus for more deatils of all these courses.

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Start date: Thursday, 30th January 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Bury Campus, Creative Living Centre, 1a Rectory Lane, Prestwich

The course aims to develop an understanding of how depression affects people and to help you deal with low mood. It looks at the impact of lifestyle on depression and how to build positive thinking and activity in to our lives.

​Course length: Six sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Thursday, 30th January 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Bury Campus, Creative Living Centre, 1a Rectory Lane, Prestwich

This course aims to celebrate your everyday and long-term achievements, step towards believing in yourself and achieving your journey. The possibilities are endless if you believe.

Course length: Four sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Friday, 31st January 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Stockport Campus, Stockport College, Wellington Road South, Stockport

The course aims to help you manage and overcome anxieties. You will learn tools and techniques to recognise and deal effectively with different types of anxiety and explore how you can feel in control.

​Course length: Six sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Friday, 31st January 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Using a computer can enrich your life, enabling you to stay in touch with friends and family, shop online, type letters or do your banking online. Whether you are a complete beginner or have a few IT skills already, this course will help equip you with the digital basics.

Course length: 5 sessions
Duration: 2 hours

PLEASE NOTE: Enrolment session for this course is on Friday 31st January 2020, you must attend this session.  The first session will take place on 7th February 2020.

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Start date: Friday, 31st January 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Stockport Campus, Stockport College, Wellington Road South, Stockport

This course aims to celebrate your everyday and long-term achievements, step towards believing in yourself and achieving your journey. The possibilities are endless if you believe.

Course length: Four sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Tuesday, 4th February 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

This course aims to help you recognise your skills and how you can make the most of these to reach your full potential and move forward with your life.  You will learn how to write a CV, complete application forms, search for jobs and learn basic interview techniques.

Course length: Four sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Wednesday, 5th February 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

This course aims to make sense of some of the experiences of psychosis, introduce the idea of recovery and think about strategies that might support a person’s recovery journey.

 

Please Note: Session 4 is on 4th March and not 26th February 2020

Course Length: Four sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Monday, 10th February 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Come and learn how to be aware of your feelings, acknowledge and accept your thoughts and gain an understanding of how to use your senses to allow yourself to be in the moment and appreciate your life.

​Course length: One session

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Tuesday, 11th February 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

This course will help you to develop basic budgeting skills, including prioritising and planning spending. You will receive tips on building up savings, understanding where your main outgoings are, how to successfully manage money and how the state of your finances links to your health and wellbeing.

Course length: Two sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Thursday, 13th February 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

This course will raise your knowledge and awareness of volunteering. You will find out about the benefits, requirements, process and opportunities involved within volunteering. You will also start to look at the information about yourself and documents you may need to make an application to volunteer.

Course length: One session

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Thursday, 13th February 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Are you interested in unlocking the creative potential of storytelling? This course will look at storytelling as a form of escapism – looking at things in a different way and reflecting on your own experiences.  The session will involve reading stories (fictional or real life) and talking about them. We will look at simple techniques that have shaped these stories. Following this, there will be activities that will ease you in to the art of writing and there will be a chance to share your writing with others, if you wish.

Course length: Eight sessions

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Start date: Thursday, 13th February 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Are you interested in unlocking the creative potential of storytelling? This course will look at storytelling as a form of escapism – looking at things in a different way and reflecting on your own experiences.  The session will involve reading stories (fictional or real life) and talking about them. We will look at simple techniques that have shaped these stories. Following this, there will be activities that will ease you in to the art of writing and there will be a chance to share your writing with others, if you wish.

Course length: Eight sessions

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Start date: Friday, 14th February 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Evidence suggests that creativity can have positive impacts on our overall health and wellbeing; improving mood, increasing self-esteem and boosting confidence.

Why not come along to our practical art course, where you will be introduced to the concept of art and learn more about how this relates to health. You will then have the opportunity to use a range of materials to create some artwork around a specific theme.

No need to be an artist – all abilities welcome.

Course length: Eight sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Wednesday, 19th February 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

There is growing evidence to suggest that shared reading can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Why not come along and find out more about this link and then enjoy a relaxed and comfortable space where the facilitator will start to read aloud literature from a ‘quick read’ book. There will then be opportunities for others in the group to contribute to the reading should they wish to, as well as to discuss and reflect on the material; others however may just choose to sit and listen – there is no pressure to read aloud.

Course length: Six sessions

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Start date: Thursday, 20th February 2020 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

The course aims to develop an understanding of how depression affects people and to help you deal with low mood. It looks at the impact of lifestyle on depression and how to build positive thinking and activity in to our lives.

Course length: Six sessions

Duration: 2 hours