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REACH is the South East Essex Recovery College. It’s an environment where people with living experience support one another to a better way of life. REACH creates opportunities to learn in a safe and supportive environment and to apply learning in your daily life. It also includes lots of chances for people to share their experiences and connect with others who understand what it’s like to be living with a mental health condition.

REACH includes:

Courses designed and reviewed by people with a living experience of mental health to support the development of skills. Each course will have a taster session and a chance to meet the tutor.

Student Support is designed to support you to take the steps to get you to the courses and implement those skills in your life. We appreciate just how difficult it is to start something new and how tricky it can be to learn new skills and implement them in your life.

We do all of this through ensuring that everything we do is co-produced by people who benefit from REACH.

REACH is commissioned by a partnership of Southend CCG, Castle Point & Rochford CCG, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Essex County Council. Trust Links has been commissioned to host and co-ordinate the REACH pilot. Delivery will be supported by Rethink Mental Illness, Richmond Fellowship, SEPT and a range of community partners, who have come together to form the South East Essex Recovery College Consortium.

The REACH pilot is being evaluated by Anglia Ruskin University and students will be asked to give feedback on the impact of their involvement in REACH.



"I have learnt many new tips, I have learnt new strategies to help me with my sleep.”