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.
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.
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 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|
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.