The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College is a collaborative venture between Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCS), Public Sector partners and our Experts by Experience across our communities in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
As the college develops, we will welcome more partners who share our ambition to enrich people’s lives across our two counties, contributing to health, hope and satisfaction, through our offer of a wide range of accessible, engaging and effective learning opportunities.
We are delighted to have received two years funding from NHS Charities Together to further develop our wellbeing and recovery college in order to enhance the experience and outcomes of our learners . We will achieve this by undertaking a refresh of our website to make it more user friendly and interactive, offering more personalised support and greater opportunities for learning.
Community First are the lead organisation for the partnership which makes up the wellbeing and recovery college. Enquiries about the college can be directed to: HW_WellbeingRecoveryCollege@comfirst.org.uk
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
We are the main providers of mental health and learning disability services in both counties, and also deliver community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community nursing services across Worcestershire.
Working Together for Outstanding Care.
Community First in Herefordshire and Worcestershire
We work to achieve this through combining forces with partners from all sectors, to actively collaborate to increase our combined impact on the wellbeing of our local communities.
Our wellbeing partnership vehicles currently include, the Wellbeing Hub, Time to Change, Worcestershire Works Well, and One Step Out!, tackling loneliness in our rural communities.
New Opportunities Worcestershire
New Opportunities Worcestershire (NOW) is an Occupational Therapy led, countywide NHS service, that helps clients in their mental health recovery, through engagement in a range of meaningful courses and workshops throughout Worcestershire. We focus on promoting social skills, improving confidence, motivation, concentration and structure and routine, which helps students achieve their individual mental health recovery goals.
Our Vision: A society where people can live free of stigma, discrimination and achieve their personal wellbeing.
Our Values: Inspiration, Knowledge, Quality, Inclusivity, Dignity, Innovation, Person-Centred Approach, Equality and Diversity, and Influence.
Worcester Association of Carers
Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC) is a registered charity that was founded in 1997 providing an independent source of information, advice and support for unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire.
We provide a wide range of services for carers, including a dedicated carer helpline, information sessions, and peer to peer support. By carer, we mean someone who provides unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental ill-health or substance misuse problems, and who cannot manage without their help. This could include emotional support, medical, personal, or physical care, help with domestic tasks and financial matters.
Adult Learning Worcestershire
Learning is priceless and opens doors to new experiences and opportunities. Whether you want to gain skills for employment, take control of your health, try a new hobby or meet new people in your community, we have a course for you.
Join us to discover how learning can promote a feeling of wellbeing within you, broaden your opportunities and put you in control of your future.
The Cart Shed
The Cart Shed is an occupational therapy led charity based in North Herefordshire, that offers opportunities to try something new and improve well-being; to find friendships, a sense of belonging and a place of calm, in a supportive, caring environment.
We work outdoors, year round. Our woodlands lend themselves to enabling individuals to overcome and accept episodes in their lives they find difficult to live with; such as a result of the loss of a partner or close friend, difficult working conditions, or poor health.
We work with individuals from all backgrounds, lifting labels and minimizing stigma. There are no walls, badged health professionals or waiting rooms...Just the peace of the woodland.
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.
Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)
Founded in 1903, the WEA is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality education into the heart of communities. With the support of volunteers and members, we deliver friendly and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life. Our tutors specialise in ensuring that everybody has a positive learning experience.
Will Thomas Coaching
Will Thomas is a coach, registered hypnotherapist and award-winning author who works in private practice supporting clients to thrive. He runs ‘Perfectly Wonky Life’, supporting those whose lives didn’t quite turn out as they might. Will is highly qualified and experienced. He loves being outdoors with his Tibetan Terrier, Dory.
Relate’s vision is a future where healthy relationships are actively promoted as the heart of a thriving society. Our mission is to make expert information and support for healthy relationships available to everyone. Through counselling we help people cope in difficult times, find solutions and increase understanding of one another.
Time to Change Worcestershire
Time to Change Worcestershire is a dynamic partnership of local organisations and people who are passionately committed to taking positive action to end negative attitudes and behaviours towards our mental health and the people with mental health distress who need support. Our activities are developed and delivered by our Time to Change Champions, volunteers with experience of mental health problems who are at the heart of our campaign.
Onside is a local charity working across Worcestershire and Herefordshire to provide a wide range of services that aim to ensure fairness and equality, improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, and give people a voice in decisions that affect them. Onside work with people who may be vulnerable disadvantaged or simply finding lifes challenges difficult to help them live the best life possible.
Onside services include advocacy, social prescribing, lifestyle advice, wellbeing coaching, community mental health transformation and the PLUS service which helps people who are experiencing loneliness or isolation.
Working in partnership with other local voluntary sector organisations, statutory partners and health and social care professionals local helps us to further reach and support communities who are at the heart of our work. Being part of an engaging community enables us to share personal relatedness and support perpetual growth of each other, ourselves, and our environment.