Dorset Recovery Education Centre

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The Recovery Education Centre (REC) is delivered in partnership between Dorset HealthCare and the Dorset Mental Health Forum, a local peer led charity. We offer a wide range of educational courses across Dorset which focus on recovery and wellbeing. 

We believe people and communities hold their own solutions and through working in partnership everyone can realise their own unique potential. Our courses are free to attend and are open to anyone over the age of 18 years living in Dorset. Our vision is to provide a learning space that is accessible to all, available to people with personal experience of mental health difficulties and those accessing mental health services, as well as carers, friends, family, supporters and staff.


How do I access recovery education?


During our term time we run a programme of free courses, both webinar and face to face, these are opportunities to share learning with others. 

We are currently in our Summer term which will be running through until late July 2024. Our timetable and course descriptions can now be found on our courses page. This page also outlines further information on how to make a course booking request.

To attend any of our courses you first need to complete your registration and enrolment


We have a variety of learning materials and resources available including podcasts, worksheets and videos. These can be found in our Learn online section, which we regularly update and where you can search for resources by topic.


REC News

We are pleased to share with you our Book of Learning. This is a virtual book which contains contributions we received in celebration of our 10 year anniversary. We invited people to think about 'What have you learnt with us?' and we are thrilled with the thoughtful reflections you shared. 

Our book is presented using Sway. Use the arrow buttons to scroll through the book (bottom right). You can use the navigation button next to the arrows to explore different sections of the book by heading. The menu on the top right of the Sway provides options for customising how the content is presented, including an option to view the book in full screen.

Take a look at our get involved page to see how we celebrated our REC 10 year anniversary. 


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