Together We Community Interest Company (CIC) has been awarded a £49,000 grant by The SHINE Fund, the official charity of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW), to set up a new ‘Recovery College’ to support people’s mental health and wellbeing in North Cumbria.

The Recovery College will provide a programme of free courses and workshops aimed at helping people to improve their wellbeing and recover from mental health issues. These will be developed and delivered by peers who have lived experience of mental illness themselves.

Together We CIC aims to begin delivering courses online by May this year, with in-person courses starting across the north of the county from July as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

Janine Ward, Managing Director of Together We CIC said: 

“We wanted to provide a unique and responsive service to those with mental health problems, helping people to live worthwhile and meaningful lives."

“Since 2017 we have grown considerably, empowering people to take control over their mental and physical health and wellbeing by offering tailored care plans to each person which incorporate a wide range of mental health support and fitness sessions. We put the individual at the centre of their recovery journey and support them to make a difference in their lives.”

"This Recovery College will offer everyone the opportunity to learn from each other and to develop skills to help them on their journey to recovery, whatever that means to each individual. It will also enable people to form the connections and friendships which are vital to helping us all to stay well."

Together We CIC encourages anyone who would like to be involved in the Recovery College to email: 

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