Devon Recovery Learning Community

A Recovery College provided by Devon Partnership NHS Trust to support mental health and wellbeing. Our students are people with experience of mental health difficulties, their family and friends, and the professionals who support them.

The DRLC offers a wide range of free, open access opportunities to learn about mental health and Recovery. We provide a unique curriculum of courses delivered online, in person or through a blended approach to learning, designed to increase your knowledge and equip you with the tools to live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life.

Our courses and online webinars are open access for all adults over the age of 18 and are free of charge. We do not take referrals from health professionals and our students do not have to be using mental health services to access any of our courses.

Our Recovery Curriculum promotes learning to support personal journeys of recovery in several different areas, including:

Rebuilding Your Life

  • around what we mean by Recovery and what it might mean for you
  • around planning ahead for your wellbeing

Knowledge and Understanding

  • about the experience of mental distress
  • about mental health issues and treatments
  • about ways to manage and live well with mental health symptoms

Developing Practical Skills

  • to help manage a mental health problem
  • to look after your own wellbeing
  • to help you lead a productive and meaningful life
  • to support you to life life more independently
  • to help you pursue your dreams and desires

Living Well and Enjoying Life

  • by trying out and having the chance to experience new things
  • by finding expression and exploring the benefits through art, music, creative writing and drama
  • by discovering your hidden talents
  • by cultivating wellbeing through physical, intellectual, spiritual and creativity activity

Friends, Family, Carers and Other Supporters

  • to look after yourself whilst looking after someone else
  • to meet others and share information to support you
  • to learn more and understand better the mental health of the person/s you look after

Work, Vocation, and Volunteering for Wellbeing

  • to support people to think about work as part of their recovery and wellbeing
  • to support people to prepare for work whilst living with and managing their mental health
  • to help people pursue their vocation in life which could be separate from their employment
  • to support people to find purpose and meaning through volunteering

To see the full range of courses please visit our website at or follow this link

Service access criteria: For any outdoor, activity-based courses (walking, swimming, climbing), you will be asked to complete a medical disclaimer to participate.
Arts and creative classes
Outdoor activities
Day centres
Exercise and fitness classes
Alcohol advice and support
Advice to businesses and voluntary organisations
Leaving hospital
Bereavement support
Adult carers advice and support
Arts organisations and events
Sports clubs and groups
Drugs advice and support
Asylum seekers and refugee support
Carers support groups
Sports facilities
Health advice
Consumer advice
Mental health support
Young carers support
Midwifery and maternity services
Legal advice
Stopping smoking
Social prescribing
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
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