REACH Recovery College

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The REACH Recovery College runs a wide range of courses, workshops and activities to help you better understand your mental health and learn strategies to manage it better. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, low mood or a similar mental health condition, the team can support you with your wellbeing and on your road to recovery.

You don’t need a diagnosis or a referral to come to REACH. Register below and we will get in touch, or keep reading for more information.

Going to REACH gives me a reason to get out of the house and then I have more energy to deal with things at home when I get back.

REACH is a safe and supportive learning environment where you can meet others going through similar issues and share your experiences with people who understand what it’s like to live with a mental health condition. Our courses and workshops are all completely free.

Our Timetable

If you are a member currently booked onto a course, and you can no longer attend your session, please inform a member of staff at the earliest opportunity possible.

Courses & Workshops

Understanding Anxiety – 3 weeks

Learn about the stress response in our bodies and anxious thoughts in our minds, and how they can affect our quality of life. We also explore some practical techniques and different thinking strategies to help you cope.

Tuesday 9th January 2024 7pm – 8pm Online
Friday 9th February 2024 10am – 12pm Rayleigh
Thursday 29th February 2024 7pm – 8pm Online
Tuesday 12th March 2024 1pm – 3pm Thundersley

Anxiety Tools & Techniques Workshop

Looking at the different tools & techniques we can use to help with managing anxiety. How anxiety presents and simple tools to manage it.

Tuesday 19th December 7pm – 8pm Online
Tuesday 30th January 2024 7pm – 8pm Online
Thursday 1st February 2024 1:30pm – 3:30pm Westcliff
Saturday 2nd March 2024 10am – 12pm Thundersley
Thursday 21st March 2024 7pm – 8pm Online

Confidence & Self Esteem Workshop

What is the difference between Self Confidence & Self Esteem,
what factors have impact them, and what can we do to start working on improving both? This session can be attended as a taster for the 4-week Confidence Building course or to refresh knowledge

Saturday 2nd December 1:00pm – 3:00pm Thundersley
Saturday 13th January 2024 10am – 12pm Westcliff
Saturday 3rd February 2024 10am – 12pm Thundersley
Saturday 16th March 2024 1pm – 3pm Shoebury

Process of Change – 5 weeks

A course exploring change and how it can affect us as individuals. We discuss the ‘Stages of Change’ model and how to approach making positive changes in our lives and what to do when we have setbacks.

Wednesday 21st February 2024 10am – 12pm Canvey

Dealing With Panic Attacks Workshop

Covering: Why do people have panic attacks, The panic cycle, triggers, thoughts, and feelings, exercises to help during an attack, long term strategies to help prevent attacks

Saturday 16th December 1:00pm – 3pm Westcliff
Saturday 27th January 2024 1pm – 3pm Rochford
Friday 16th February 2024 10am – 12pm Shoebury
Saturday 9th March 2024 10am – 12pm Westcliff

Down to Earth “Therapeutic Gardening – 12 Weeks

Learn practical gardening skills, meet new people and experience how gardening can enhance your wellbeing

Wednesday 10th January 2024 1pm – 3:30pm Westcliff

Healthy Sleep Habits Workshop

We explore seven ‘Sleep Hygiene’ tips to provide ideas for changes that can be made to promote better sleep.

Friday 22nd December 1:00pm – 3:00pm Shoebury
Wednesday 10th January 2024 10am – 12pm Canvey
Saturday 10th February 2024 10am – 12pm Westcliff

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop

Mindfulness is about being present, in the moment, noticing your experience of the now. In this workshop we look at how we can use Mindfulness in our daily lives.

Friday 22nd December 1:30pm – 3:30pm Thundersley
Thursday 8th February 2024 1:30pm – 3:30pm Westcliff
Saturday 24th February 2024 1pm – 3pm Rochford
Tuesday 5th March 2024 1pm – 3pm Thundersley
Thursday 28th March 2024 7pm – 8pm Online

Labrinth Workshop

Discover the ancient path of the labyrinth for stress relief and self-reflection, learn a little about the history of the labyrinth and how they are used across the world and then experience walking the mindful path for yourself!

Saturday 20th January 2024 1pm – 2pm Shoebury
Friday 23rd February 2024 10am – 12pm Shoebury

Managing Low Mood – 6 Weeks

A six week course including: What is the difference between Depression and Low Mood, and what are our protective factors? How food, physical activity & sleep can affect mood. Becoming aware of our thinking patterns. Core beliefs and Self compassion

Thursday 18th January 2024 7pm – 8pm online
Thursday 22nd February 2024 1:20pm – 3:30pm Westcliff

Mindfulness Course – 4 Weeks

Over the next 4 weeks, we shall be exploring what Mindfulness is and how Mindfulness Meditation can improve our mental and physical health by incorporating the practice of Meditation into our daily lives

Wednesday 29th November 10am – 12pm Canvey
Friday 22nd March 2024 10am – 12pm Shoebury

My Wellbeing Journal – 4 Weeks

Journaling is an important tool in your recovery, it allows you to track your mood and stress triggers. In the course we explore different approaches to journaling that helps you to find something that fits you.

Friday 24th November 1.30pm – 3.00pm Westcliff
Friday 12th January 2024 10am-12pm Rayleigh

Positive Communication – 3 Weeks

A course focusing on understanding our different communication styles and how we can more effectively communicate with others and behave more assertively.

Thursday 7th December 7pm – 8pm Online
Thursday 11th January 2024 1:30pm – 3:30pm Westcliff
Tuesday 30th January 2024 1pm – 3pm Thundersley
Tuesday 5th March 2024 7pm – 8pm Online

Positive Thinking Workshop

How can we start thinking more positively? We look at how to recognise our achievements, skills and strengths as well as how to re-evaluate more negative thoughts.

Saturday 9th December 1pm – 3pm Shoebury
Friday 22nd December 10am – 12pm Rayleigh
Thursday 11th January 2024 7pm – 8pm online
Wednesday 17th January 2024 10am – 12pm Canvey
Thursday 15th February 2024 1:30pm – 3:30pm Westcliff

Resilience Workshop

What is resilience and how can you build your resilience muscle? Learn about the 4 S’s of resilience and how having a new perspective can be helpful as well as build healthy coping mechanisms and routines

Saturday 17th February 2024 1pm – 3pm Shoebury
Saturday 23rd March 2024 1pm – 3pm Rochford
Wednesday 27th March 10am – 12pm Canvey

Many other groups and courses are available to view in the downloadable pdf timetable.

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