Recovery Education Centre

The Dorset Recovery Education Centre (REC) is jointly delivered by Dorset HealthCare and the Dorset Mental Health Forum, a peer-led charity. It provides education and training for people with affected by mental health problems, focusing on self-management, self-determination, choice and responsibility.

Our courses are available to people with personal experience of mental distress and their carers/supporters, friends and family, and also for staff members who work alongside people suffering periods of ill health.

The focus is for individuals to recognise and develop the skills they need to lead the lives they wish to live. The REC will provide you with tools and skills to help you understand your experiences, take control of your life and manage your own recovery.

The REC also aims to improve people’s experience of local mental health services, and make best use of the support they provide.

All courses are co-produced and are co-delivered by a ‘peer specialist’ – someone with personal experience of mental illness – and a healthcare professional. This combined knowledge and expertise enables us to provide comprehensive training and support.

How can I attend the REC?

Although we speak of the REC as a centre, its courses are delivered in various community venues across Dorset. All our courses are free of charge, but if you wish to attend you must be aged 18 or over and live in Dorset.

You will also need to register with us. You can do this very easily either by filling in our online Registration Form or by printing off the Registration Form and posting it back to us.

Once you are registered with the REC, you can then enrol on the courses that you’d like to attend.

If you have any difficulties registering with the REC, please contact us on 01202 584478 or email us.

Courses on offer

Our courses have been designed to empower people to find hope, to see and embrace opportunity through building skills and to gain control by putting these skills into practice.

The Spring Term 2020 is running from January through to Easter. We are offering courses throughout Dorset, including:

  • Introducing Recovery
  • Understanding Depression and Anxiety
  • Exploring Identity
  • Living well with Bipolar

Some of the courses are one-off sessions, while others are spread across several weeks.

More details about all REC courses offered throughout the year are available in our annual prospectus. If you have any questions about the REC, or would like give feedback on REC courses, please get in touch.

Wellbeing and Recovery Partnership (WaRP)

Dorset HealthCare and the Dorset Mental Health Forum have formed the Wellbeing and Recovery Partnership (WaRP). The aim of the WaRP is to change the culture of mental health services and people’s attitudes to mental health and wellbeing in Dorset. Close collaboration between people with lived experience, their supporters and mental health professionals is at the heart of this partnership

More information about the work of WaRP and the progress being made is available through the Dorset Mental Health Forum.

Meet the REC Team

We are a partnership project with many Dorset HealthCare (DHC) and Dorset Mental Health Forum (DMHF) staff helping to co-develop and co-deliver the REC and our courses across Dorset. A number of staff work in to other projects and services, our core team includes:

Sam Adkins Admissions Co-ordinator, DHC

Marie Ansell REC Trainer, DHC

Jane Carey Peer Lead for Education, DMHF

Nina Cezair REC Administrator, DHC

Nicky Fitchett Recovery Education Lead, DHC

Tracey Saunders REC Trainer, DHC

Lesley Scopes Admissions Tutor, DMHF

Lisa Spriggs Peer Services Lead, DMHF

Alissa Tromans Recovery and Quality Co-ordinator, DMHF

Latest News

March 2020

The Recovery Education Centre (REC) is sorry to inform you, as of Tuesday 17th March, we have cancelled all planned face to face contact with students. This includes any Individual Learning Plan (ILP) appointments, ILP reviews and all planned courses for the rest of the Spring Term. This is due to the most recent advice in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We acknowledge that this is an unsettling time for all and are currently exploring potential opportunities to deliver recovery education using digital means, for example, virtual learning similar to that which is being planned in other educational settings.

We will endeavour to keep this web page up to date with developments.

Useful links

Mental Health Foundation- Looking after your Mental Health during Coronavirus Outbreak

Dorset Access Mental Health - Connections 24/7 Mental Health phone support line 0300 123 5440

January 2020

We are pleased to deliver two new co-developed courses this Spring Term, Making Sense of Loss and Relating to Ourselves and Others.

Please see information for further detail and the Spring Term Timetable above for details on when they are running.


Recovery Education Centre

Recovery Education Centre,
Hahnemann House,
Hahnemann Road,

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Opening times: Monday to Friday from 09.30 to 16.30 – Bank holidays and weekends closed

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