The Recovery College, part of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will be running free mental health courses in Stamford

These courses are:

  • Short, typically 1 to 3 sessions

  • Designed to promote understanding and improve wellbeing

  • Delivered in a variety of locations

  • Delivered by people with lived experience of mental ill health, trainers and health professionals

  • Highly recommended by students

All the courses are co-designed and co-delivered by experts with lived experience of mental ill health, peer trainers and expert health professionals.

​​How to Book a Place on a Course



Complete and Submit an Application Form 

By Internet & Email 

Please complete and submit an online Application Form (Click Here) 


The Recovery College will contact you to book you onto Induction Session which you’ll need to attend prior to starting any of your courses.

By Phone   (Tel. 01522 518500 x212)


If you don’t have internet access the Application Form may be completed over the phone or via post.

Taster Courses


These single-session courses provide an introduction to a particular topic and are designed to be both accessible and enjoyable.


‘Taster’ courses are ideal for students who may be new to the College and/or who may be uncertain about committing themselves to a longer programme of study.  Courses typically last 2.5 hours, and include a break for refreshments

Understanding Stress

Thursday 17th January 2 - 4.30 pm

Thursday 7th March 6 - 8.30 pm

This session provides an introduction to stress; what it is, how it affects us, how to recognise when it becomes a problem.

It also explores the importance of recognising and responding to the signs of excessive stress, and offers potential ways to manage stress more effectively.

Suitable for anyone who wishes to manage stress better.

Introduction to Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Thursday 7th March 6 – 8.30 pm


This session provides an overview and introduction to the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)


Students who undertake this introductory course may subsequently enrol on the multi session "Developing my own Wellness Recovery Action Plan" course.


Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Thursday 4th March 2.30 – 5 pm


This session will dispel common misconceptions around Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and explores the nature and impact of the condition.

Suitable for those who have been recently diagnosed with BPD, those who are supporting someone with the condition and those who simply want to know more.


Understanding Anxiety

Thursday 24th January – 2 – 4.30 pm

This session provides an introduction to anxiety; what it is, how it affects us, how to recognise when it becomes a problem.


It explores how anxiety may be reinforced by our thinking and behaviour. A number of self-help strategies are considered to manage anxiety more effectively.


Suitable for anyone who wishes to manage anxiety better.


Bouncing back! Exploring Resilience in Mental Health

Thursday 7th February 2.30 – 5 pm


This session explores the concept of resilience and why some people are more effective in withstanding the challenges and adversities of life than others.


It proposes that all of us can become more resilient, by developing a greater degree of flexibility and more helpful ways of viewing and responding to events.


The course suggests a range of ways to recognise our strengths, develop our confidence and build more meaningful lives.


Suitable for anyone who wants to become more resilient in their lives

Course Location

Stamford College,

Drift Road,



Core Courses


These courses are typically two to three sessions in length and allow students to explore topics in greater depth.

Making Myself Heard

Thursday 31st January & Thursday 7th February 2:pm – 4:30pm

Expressing our thoughts and feelings openly and honestly can be challenging.

This 2-session course explores how we communicate with each other, and compares and contrasts assertive,passive and aggressive styles of communication.


The implications of the different styles are considered, and a range of strategies and techniques are suggested to promote a more assertive approach.

Suitable for anyone who wish to express themselves more openly and confidently.


Dreaming Of A Better Sleep

Thursday 21st and Thursday 28th March 2pm – 4:30pm


Having difficulty getting off to sleep at night? Waking up early in the morning? Spending all night

tossing and turning?


This 2-session course aims to help you improve your understanding of sleep and explores ways of dealing with sleep problems.


Suitable for anyone who wants to get a better quality night’s sleep.


Developing My Own Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Thursday 17th, 24th and 31st January 2019 6pm – 8:30pm


This multi session course follows on from the introductory ‘taster’ WRAP course, and enables students to create their own personalised Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).


WRAP is a tool designed to help us to take greater responsibility for own wellbeing and recovery, by identifying potential triggers and early warning signs of becoming unwell, and creating action plans

to help us respond effectively.


Please note: students will need to have attended the introductory ‘taster’ WRAP course.



Thursday 28th February and 7th March 2019 2pm – 4:30pm


Why do we find it difficult to accept compliments? Why do we sometimes criticise ourselves and give ourselves a hard time? Why is it often easier to be kind towards others rather than ourselves?


This 2 session course explores the nature and importance of compassion in mental wellbeing and recovery and offers suggestions and techniques to become more compassionate to ourselves.


Words Into Actions

Thursday 14th, 21st and 28th March 2019 6pm -8:30pm


This 3-session course is aimed at those who recognise that their life could be better and who are willing to make some positive changes.


The course explores the process of change and the strategies and techniques that may help us to succeed. It emphasises the importance of making positive changes according to our

values and the benefits of setting specific goals and creating action plans.


Students will be expected to create their own personal goal and action plan on the course.

Suitable for anyone who is considering making changes in their lives.

Frequently Asked Questions


Are the courses free?

Yes! All our courses are currently free.


Who can come on the courses?

Anyone aged 16 or over can enrol with the Recovery College; you don’t need to be involved with mental health services. Many of our learners are or have been supported by mental health services; however carers, health professionals, students and friends and family also benefit from learning with us.


How many courses can I take?

We recommend you choose courses that will be most relevant and of benefit to your health and wellbeing. This will usually be up to a maximum of 5 courses per term.


I’m currently supported by mental health services. Do I need a referral? No, we don’t accept referrals. If you’re supported by mental health services, they may tell you about the College and some of the courses available. However it’s your choice to enrol and learn with the College.

Can I bring someone with me?

You can bring someone with you to the induction session but if they wish to come on courses we would ask that they too enrol as a student of the College. I don’t have any qualifications.


Do I have to take any tests at the College?

No, you don’t need any qualifications to learn with us; nor will you have to take any tests. How many other people will be on the course with me? We try to limit the amount of learners to around 10 – 12 per course, as we find learners benefit from smaller sized groups. However, due to circumstances and demand this may vary occasionally.


How do I enrol at the College?

Simply submit the online Application Form and we’ll contact you to book a College Induction Session. During the Induction we’ll tell you about the College and have time to answer any of your questions. I’m concerned about my privacy.


How will you protect my data?

We take the confidentiality and privacy of our learners very seriously. We abide by current UK Data legislation.


Do I need to bring anything with me?

No, all learning resources are provided. However, you may wish to bring a drink. All that we ask is that you come with an open mind!


Is transport/ car parking provided?

We are unable to provide transport. Learners at the College will be expected to make their own transport arrangements to and from venues. Limited car parking may be available at Grantham, Stamford and Boston Colleges. However, this is on a first come first served basis, and can’t be booked via the Recovery College.


What happens if I don’t attend part or the whole of the course?

Many of our courses are oversubscribed. If you are unable to attend, it’s important to let us know via phone or email at the earliest opportunity to allow us to offer the place to another learner. You should be aware, that if you don’t attend 2 or more sessions your place on future courses will be at risk and may be offered to another learner.


Would you ever cancel a course?

Yes, if fewer than 5 people enrol on the course or very rarely due to circumstances outside our control e.g extreme weather. We would usually give you as much notice as possible.

MindSpace Stamford is a registered charity in England (no.1181637) and a registered company (no. 1189840) in England and Wales.

Registered Address: MindSpace Stamford Limited,
Shyp House, 1 Barnack Road,
Stamford, Lincolnshire. PE9 2NA

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