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REACH Recovery College

REACH members at the 2018 BBQ

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.

Register with REACH

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 your mental health. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, low mood or a similar mental health condition, the REACH team can support you on your road to recovery.

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.

Online Courses and Workshops

You can now access many REACH Recovery College workshops, courses and activities online. Our courses and groups are being held via the Zoom meeting app, which you can download here. Zoom is very easy to use and we will provide additional support if needed.

Once you’ve confirmed with us over the phone or in an email that you’d like to join a course, we’ll send you Login details and how to access the Zoom meeting for your course. We can help you use digital technology and Zoom if needed. As this is a new format, class and group sizes are being kept small; please be aware that, if you do not get a space on the first course or workshop you wish to join, we will announce more courses and more dates soon.

You can also access Trust Links Live, our online base for accessing Trust Links on Facebook. There is a REACH Recovery College group on Facebook, where you can connect with other College members and contact REACH support tutors. Joining our Facebook group and following Trust Links Live is a great way to stay connected, share tips and access peer-support on keeping positive and healthy!

Explore our Prospectus to find out which courses and activities will most benefit your wellbeing journey. Then take a look at our timetabled courses, workshops and groups below.

View the REACH Prospectus

I understand my anxiety now, what causes it and ways to deal with it.

Courses and Workshops Timetable

While we make every effort to run the timetable as published, please be aware this timetable is liable to change.

Please note that Introduction to REACH for new students is held online, every Friday from 1pm to 2pm.

Online Courses and Workshops

ONLINE Course and Workshop Start Date  Duration
Understanding Anxiety EVENING Tuesday 28th  September- 7pm to 8pm 3 weeks
Managing Low Mood Friday 1st October – 1pm to 2pm 6 weeks                
Confidence Building EVENING Thursday 7th October – 7pm to 8pm 4 weeks
Positive Communication & Assertiveness EVENING Tuesday 19th October – 7pm to 8pm 3 weeks
Dealing with Panic Attacks Workshop EVENING Tuesday 21st Sept – 7pm to 8pm 1 session
Confidence & Self Esteem Workshop Thursday 30th September – 1pm to 2pm 1 session
Positive Thinking Workshop Thursday 7th October – 1pm to 2pm I session
Resilience Workshop Thursday 14th October – 1pm to 2pm 1 session
Dealing with Panic Attacks Workshop Thursday 21st October – 1pm to 2pm 1 session
Anxiety Tools & Techniques Thursday 28th October – 1pm to 2pm 2 weeks
Mindfulness Workshop EVENING Thursday 4th November – 7pm to 8pm 1 session
ONLINE Groups   Ongoing
Online Monday Mindfulness Monday 11.30am to 12  
Online Reach out Monday Monday 1pm to 2pm  
Online Daily Mindfulness Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 9.45  
Online Friday Cookery Friday 11am to 12.  

Rochford Courses and Workshops

ROCHFORD – Face to face Courses and Workshops Start Date Duration
Anger Management ( Pilot) Wednesday 29th September – 10am – 12 6 weeks
Confidence Building Monday 4th October – 1pm – 3pm 4 weeks
My Wellbeing Journal Tuesday 12th October – 1pm to 3pm 4 weeks
Mindfulness  Workshop Thursday 23rd Sept – 10am to 12 1 session
Managing Anxiety Workshop Monday 27th September – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Positive Thinking Workshop Tuesday 28th September – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Resilience Workshop Tuesday 5th October – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Progression Pathways Workshop Monday 1st November – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Face to face Groups    
Yoga and Wellbeing Monday 10am to 12 6 weeks
Wednesday Social Group Wednesday 1pm to 3pm Ongoing
Arts and Crafts Group Thursday 1pm to 3pm Ongoing

Westcliff Courses and Workshops

WESTCLIFF Courses and Workshops Start Date Duration
Managing Low Mood Monday 27th September  – 1pm to 3pm 6 weeks
Managing Anxiety Workshop SATURDAY 2nd October – 10am – 12 1 session
Healthy Sleep Habits Workshop SATURDAY 23rd October – 10am – 12 1 session
Face to face Groups   Ongoing
Monday Social Group/ Walking Group Mondays 10am to 12  
Saturday Social Group SATURDAY 2nd Oct, 23rd Oct – 1pm to 3pm  

Thundersley Courses and Workshops

THUNDERSLEY Courses and Workshops Start Date Duration
Mindfulness Workshop Tuesday 21st Sept – 1pm to 2.30pm 1 session
Dealing with Panic Attacks Workshop SATURDAY 25th Sept – 10am to 11.30am 1 session
Managing Anxiety Workshop Tuesday 28th September – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Confidence and Self Esteem Workshop Tuesday 5th October – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Healthy Sleep Habits Workshop Tuesday 12th October – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Positive Thinking Workshop SATURDAY 16th October – 10am to 12 1 session
Core Beliefs Workshop Tuesday 19th October – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Anxiety Tools & Techniques Tuesday 26th October – 1pm – 3pm 2 weeks
Resilience Workshop SATURDAY 6th November – 10am – 12 1 session
Face to face Groups   Ongoing
Tuesday Social Group 10am to 12  
Saturday Social Group SATURDAY  25th Sept, 16th Oct, 6th Nov

– 1pm to 3pm

 

Shoeburyness Courses and Workshops

SHOEBURY Courses and Workshops Start Date Duration
Mindfulness  Workshop Friday 1st October – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Resilience Workshop Friday 8th October – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Confidence and Self Esteem Workshop SATURDAY 9th October – 10am – 12 1 session
Money Management Workshop Friday 15th October – 1pm – 3pm 1 session
Positive Communication & Assertiveness Friday 22nd October – 1pm – 3pm 3 weeks
Dealing with Panic Attacks Workshop SATURDAY 30th October – 10am to 12 1 session
Face to face Groups    
Friday Social Group Fridays 10am to 12 Ongoing
Shoebury Saturday Social Group SATURDAY 18th Sept, 9th Oct, 30th Oct – 1pm to 3pm  

Rayleigh Courses and Workshops

RAYLEIGH Courses and Workshop  Start Date  Duration
Mindfulness Workshop Wednesday 22nd Sept – 1pm to 3pm 1 session
Understanding  Anxiety Course Wednesday 29th September – 1pm – 3pm 3 weeks
Anxiety Tools & Techniques Wednesday 20th October – 1pm – 3pm 2 weeks
Dealing with Panic Attacks Workshop  Wednesday 3rd November – 1pm – 3pm 1 session

Social Groups

All the social groups will run according to what students request so could include walking group, poetry, games, book club, arts and crafts, gardening or any others ideas that may be suggested. There are 2 additional face to face groups:

Face to face group “Getting Together” for 18 to

30 yr olds at GT Westcliff

Tuesday 11.45am – 12.45
Face to face REACH Out Wednesday Canvey Wednesday 10.30am – 1.30pm

It’s given me hope. It’s given me options.


REACH Out are our social and activity groups, which run from 1pm – 3pm on Mondays at Rochford, Thursdays at Thundersley and on Fridays at our Westcliff site. These sessions are a great taster of the activities, services and support available through REACH. Meet our tutors and discuss what’s on offer and how we can respond to your particular needs. Workshops are one-off sessions that give you a taster of a longer course or raise awareness around a specific condition. Courses can run from three to eight weeks and combine creative activity with mental health education to help you manage your wellbeing. Our courses can teach you to:

  • Manage low mood, panic attacks, stress and anxiety
  • Learn how thinking patterns and activity levels can affect mood
  • Prepare for work and volunteering
  • Live a healthier and more active lifestyle through cooking and exercise

And much more.

I’ve really enjoyed the course: it’s made me more confident.

If you are struggling with specific issues like housing, drug and alcohol abuse, healthy living or benefit issues, the REACH Wellbeing Hub at Growing Together Westcliff provides access to specialist advice from visiting agencies.