Thirty graduates celebrate college success

Thirty service users, carers and staff from the Rehabilitation and High Support Directorate (RHSD) have been celebrating their graduation from the Health and Wellbeing College.

RHSD college Jan 2018The graduates all successfully completed a range of courses based at the college’s low secure campuses – at Prospect Place in Rochdale and Tatton Unit in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

The courses are free, recovery-focused and educational and are aimed at supporting service users with their recovery journey during and after hospital. Family and friends were also welcomed to the college to learn more about supporting their loved one to live well with psychosis

All courses are designed by someone with professional skills and someone with lived experience.  Courses completed this term include:

  • Mindfulness and Relaxation
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing
  • Eat Well
  • Making Your Plan: Coping after drug and alcohol use
  • Be Active
  • Stress and Relaxation
  • Staying Well With Psychosis
  • Cycling for Wellbeing
  • Managing My Meetings in Hospital
  • Coping with Change
  • Preparing for the Future

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A celebration event was held at the college’s main Ashton campus on 5 January for graduates and their family and friends.

Judith Crosby, Executive Director of Service Development and Sustainability, attended the event to present certificates of achievement.

Judith said: “I feel really proud of what you have all achieved and you should all feel really proud of yourselves. I feel really privileged to have been asked to present these certificates, coming today has reminded me why I do the job that I do.”

One student from Prospect Place collected 10 certificates which is a significant achievement. 

Two service users from the units also have a formal role as volunteer co-facilitators at the college, using their own experiences to help others take control of their recovery.

The college has also established some successful partnerships with Living Well Rochdale and Transport for Greater Manchester, both of whom delivered courses in Rochdale and will continue to do so in 2018.  

RHSD graduates 2Gemma Kirk is Pennine Care’s RHSD Transformation Lead. She said: “We continue to be really inspired by all of our students and the commitment they have to learn more about themselves, support one another and take control of their own health and wellbeing.  

We are really excited about the future of the college and look forward to welcoming ‘Rugby League Cares’ to our partnerships next term.  Ex-rugby league player Paul Highton will be delivering their ‘Offload’ programme to our men in Rochdale, using his own life challenges to support our students”

The winter term is now underway, with a new range of courses on offer; including more courses for family and friends who have loved ones on one of Pennine Care’s RHSD units.