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: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Do you want to learn more about smoking – how does it impact on health? Are you worried about the risks of smoking and want to learn more about the benefits of stopping smoking? Explore withdrawal and recovery, and learn more about what further support is available.

Course length: One session

Duration: 2 hours

(in partnership with Be Well Tameside)

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Start date: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Through this course you will develop a practical understanding of the effects of different types of drugs and alcohol on mental health and wellbeing and receive information about where you can gain additional support.

Course length: Four sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 - 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: Friday, 25th October 2019 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about dementia. Unite today and become a Dementia Friend.

Becoming a Dementia Friend simply means finding out more about how dementia affects a person – and then, armed with this understanding, doing small everyday things that help. For example, being patient in a shop queue, or spending time with someone you know who’s living with dementia.

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Start date: Monday, 28th October 2019 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

This course may interest you if you wish to develop your understanding of anger and look at ways to manage it. The course will help you to think about how your lifestyle and choices can make you feel angry and cause aggressive behaviour.

Course length: Six sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Monday, 28th October 2019 - 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

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Start date: Tuesday, 29th October 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 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.

Course Length: Four sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Friday, 1st November 2019 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

On this course you willl get to visit various faith organisations.

Please Note: There is walking involved in this course.

Delivered in partnership with Reverend Jean Hurlston MA, B.Ed. (Hons) Borough Dean of Oldham and Associate Vicar at Oldham Parish Church

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Start date: Friday, 1st November 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 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: Monday, 4th November 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

This course aims to help you explore how you can prepare for change and deal with stressful situations.

Course length: Four sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Tuesday, 5th November 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Assert Yourself

This course will help you to understand what being assertive means and help you become more confident. You will learn positive communication skills, how to know your rights and be able to assert yourself.

Course length: Two sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Wednesday, 6th November 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

This course aims to increase your awareness about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. You will be encouraged to explore your own social circle and consider the influences within it, while also reviewing your personal boundaries.  You will be introduced to some skills to support you to develop healthy relationships, and receive information about where you can gain additional support.

​Course length: Four sessions

Duration: 2 hours

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Start date: Tuesday, 12th November 2019 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Do you care for someone with a mental health difficulty? Do you know what your rights are and how to best support the person you care for? Do you feel in control and empowered to speak up on behalf of this person? Do you feel confident in having conversations around feelings and emotions, and supporting a loved one who might be expressing suicidal ideation for example? Are you confident in managing challenging situations such as self-harm?

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Start date: Wednesday, 13th November 2019 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Tameside Campus, 225 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

This interactive course, is co-produced and delivered with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and will help you reduce the risk of fire in your home. Fires can be devastating but the good news is that most can be prevented. Through this course you will develop a good understanding of the main causes of fire in your home and how small changes to the way you live can have a big impact on reducing your fire risk. Come along and learn about risk reduction, smoke detection, safe bedtime routines and escape planning so that you and your family can be safe and well at home.

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Start date: Thursday, 14th November 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Bury Campus, Creative Living Centre, 1a Rectory Lane, Prestwich

Assert Yourself

This course will help you to understand what being assertive means and help you become more confident. You will learn positive communication skills, how to know your rights and be able to assert yourself.

Course length: Two sessions

Duration: 2 hours