After attending courses at the College as a student I took the opportunity to join the Student Development Programme and have been involved in the College as an Expert by Experience since then.
I have learned new skills and my mental health and wellbeing has benefited enormously from the involvement opportunities offered to me by the College. Helping to co-produce courses and seminars and the Welcome Journal and being a member of the Student Council has improved my self-confidence and self-esteem. It means a lot to have my voice heard and have my opinions and lived experience valued. The Student Development Programme has helped me progress in my recovery and achieve my personal goals, including returning to paid employment. It has helped me learn and grow and I value and enjoy my life today despite its challenges.
Giving my time, knowledge and experience has kept me active and connected to some fantastic people. It has also given me a sense of meaning and fulfilment knowing that I am helping other people and giving something back. I would encourage anyone looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing to get involved in the Student Development Programme. It is a wonderful opportunity that is not to be missed