Mid Essex Recovery College are running the following courses this month:

  • Finding and Retaining Employment (7th February and 6th March)
  • Stepping Stones to Wellbeing (15th & 22nd February)

Finding and Retaining Employment

This workshop is aimed at those people looking to find work and those currently employed dealing with mental health challenges. The workshop is co designed and presented by an Employment Specialist and a Peer Support Worker with lived experience.
It will provide an opportunity to learn what steps you need to take to successfully look for and find work. We will discuss personal strengths, CV writing, interviews and more.
We will also be looking at ideas to help you stay well in work and how to deal with illness; empowering you to understand what support you can ask for from employers. Looking at reasonable adjustments in the workplace, sickness processes, wellness action plans and more.
The workshop is designed to empower people to take the right actions to find employment and then to learn about how to sustain that employment and what support is available to help them.

The workshop will be on the following dates

Wednesday 7 February 2024 – 11:00am – 1:30pm
Kestral House, Hedgerows Business Park, Colchester Rd, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 5PF

Wednesday 6 March 2024 – 11:30am – 2:00pm
Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon CM9 4RL


Stepping Stones to Wellbeing

This is a two-session introductory workshop supporting students to explore the nature of change & providing opportunities to create effective change to their wellbeing. The course will support students to create small changes in their everyday lives, that will gradually empower them to manage their wellbeing. In an informal & supportive group setting, students can identify habits that work well versus those that do not. Learners will also explore opportunities to make personal goals & build on their wellbeing.
Aims of the course:

Learn about strengths, values & what makes us feel good

Identify small changes to support our wellbeing

Create achievable goals from our values

Recognise barriers to change and explore possible solutions

Take away strategies & tools to make effective change.

The workshop will be held at the LiveWell Hub, Saunders House, Manor Street Braintree CM7 3YL on the following dates

15 February 2024 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

22 February 2024 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

*Students should aim to attend both dates to complete the course*

These courses are free of charge and is available to people that are over 18 and who live or work within Mid-Essex. To book a place please email provide.essexrc@nhs.net

The Mid Essex Recovery College will provide a safe space for people to learn new skills, expand on existing ones, and attend courses developed to support mental health recovery.
Co-production is a core feature of recovery college ethos; and we are promoting events on Eventbrite until we have completed the co-production of our branding and the subsequent development of our website. Our courses are all co-produced by experts by experience (individuals with lived experience of mental health), as well as individuals with professional experience of working for mental health services.