All Ireland Award for Belfast Recovery College

11th March 2019

Belfast Recovery College was named winner of the Health and Wellbeing AONTAS STAR Award 2019, at an event recently held in The Rotunda, Dublin.

The award was presented to the Recovery College for making an outstanding contribution to adult learning in the field of health and wellbeing for large organisations.

The STAR Awards are an awards initiative organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS as part of its annual Adult Learners’ Festival. They recognise and celebrate the achievements of adult learning projects throughout Ireland.

Belfast Recovery College was cited as outstanding practice in mental health education that connected and transformed learning in the Belfast community.

On accepting the award, Recovery College Coordinator, Helen Anderson said; “We are delighted to get this recognition as it shows that people are engaging in the concept of recovery from mental health issues, and that the journey through recovery is something in which we can all participate.

“Creating and delivering courses together using the combined expertise of mental health professionals and peer educators with real life experience, breaks down traditional barriers and allows people to learn together to inspire hope, opportunity and control in an individual’s personal recovery journey- it is about engaging society”.

Based on the concepts of hope, control and opportunity, the Belfast Recovery College offers a range of free education in mental health and personal wellbeing. Courses are available to people of the Belfast Trust, plus family members and staff.

Since starting in 2015, the Belfast Recovery College has received over 3000 applications for courses.

You can find out more about the Recovery College, the courses available and information about enrolling here.