Welcome to the New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College

We understand sometimes life can be hard. Here we can help people on to the road of recovery. This means leading a happy and fulfilling life despite life’s challenges. 

We do this by providing FREE education-focused wellbeing courses that help people to better manage their own wellbeing. 

Our courses offer theoretical based knowledge and skills, whilst giving students the opportunity to reflect upon their own situation and consider their own wellbeing, in a friendly and relaxed teaching environment. Our approach has been proven to help peoples recovery from mental ill-health and improve resilience and wellbeing. 


About recovery

Recovery is about having hope and aspiration that you will, and can, take your life where you want it to go. 

The term recovery means to rebuild a life which has meaning, is valued and satisfying for the individual, rather than ‘recovery’ from symptoms and events, which aren’t always be possible (Perkins 2012)

Our courses follow a strengths based approach, focusing on empowerment, resilience and gaining control over life’s challenges. Our courses teach self-management and follow the recovery 
principles below.

How we've helped other students 

Along every step of the way, we walk with our students and offer support, resources and the time to reflect, so that they can discover how to manage their own wellbeing.

Some of our student’s have reported benefitting from our courses by: 

  • Lifting their depression
  • Having the time to reflect
  • Feeling accomplished
  • Becoming more creative
  • Improving relationships with others
  • Gaining new friends
  • Overcoming fears and anxieties
  • Learning how to feel more in control
  • Feeling better about things they cannot change
  • Feeling empowered to change their situation
  • Discovering new life skills 
  • Learning to cope with pressure
  • Identifying and eliminating stressors in their life
  • Improving self-awareness and mindfulness
  • Starting new/rediscovering favourite hobbies
  • Building opportunities within their existing situation





I have been a student of New Leaf Wellbeing College since last June. After applying to become a volunteer I also decided to join The Peer Pathway. Over six-sessions which I am currently partaking in, I have really enjoyed learning from other students in our small group. We each set learning goals before the workshops in an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This gives us a focus to work towards.

It’s helped me to discover my potential and I have gained experience from the practical workshops we do. If you’re interested in joining the next cohort and finding out more contact the college. I’d definitely recommend it!

- Lena Parish, Student


I enrolled in the college, and was hugely encouraged by their warmth and commitment to empowering and supporting students to improve their own wellbeing. I've attended and co-produced courses; and participated in the Peer Pathway, which has inspired me, given me a sense of belonging through hearing other's stories and balanced my emotions. I'm committed to sharing these positive feelings with other students, as a volunteer in the college.

I feel excited and open to possibilities. I'm living more in the moment and have clarity that I didn't before.

- Amanda Worthington, Student


Meeting others on the course reduced the isolation I was feeling. These courses helped me regain control over my life and have enabled me to change my own outlook and situation. Since joining the college, I’ve rediscovered my identity, improved my sleep, gained the confidence to return to work, taken on new personal challenges, explored boundaries, overcome relationship barriers and regained my sense of purpose. 

I’m grateful for the caring tutors as well as the other students who have become an incredible support network outside of the college. I've since joined the college as an employee and now help to promote the great work that they do.

  - Louisa Whorrod, Student and expert by experience