REACH Recovery College
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.
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|
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|
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|