About us


First of It's kind in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Hope & Health In Your Hands

The Innovation Recovery Project seeks to build mental and emotional strength and resilience among our population within the cross border region, through delivery of a diverse range of education and training programmes.   Mental Health Recovery education is based on the principles of optimism, hope, opportunity and control, aiming to shift mind-sets from a focus on illness towards mental wellness and a belief in our ability to cope with the stresses and setbacks in life.

What we do

We offer a wide range of courses from prevention to early intervention as well as supporting people on their journey to wellness through self-management.  Courses are open to everyone regardless of their health status or background.  We welcome participation from anyone who has an interest in mental wellbeing. People with lived experience of mental illness are actively involved in the development and delivery of our courses.   Such people have recovered to the extent that they can offer hope of a recovery by acting as role models to other people.  It is important to point out that our courses are not therapy, they are based on education. Our aim is to help people tap into their own personal resilience and resourcefulness, become experts in their own self-care and work toward achieving their goals and ambitions.

We believe that good mental health and wellbeing is important to everyone and that we can all play a part in improving our own mental health and contributing to that of others.

What to Expect from our Courses

We offer an ever increasing number of courses, co-designed and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health difficulties alongside those with professional experience and knowledge.

Our courses offer an opportunity to learn more about Mental Health and Wellbeing through interactive workshops, increased awareness of your own strengths and aspirations, the opportunity to increase your knowledge, learn new skills and work on being more hopeful about your own and others recovery.

Eligibility Criteria

All of our courses are friendly and welcoming and are open to everyone:-

  • Those who use mental health services or not;
  • Both statutory and non-statutory health and social care staff and volunteers;
  • Carers;
  • Members of the general public.

 All courses are open to anyone 16 years old and over.

Co-production in our College

Recovery education values the expertise of those with lived experience of mental health issues and that of Health and Social Care professionals. Therefore, central to the recovery college is the involvement of both professionals and non-professionals in both the development and delivery of courses. 

Contact us

- If you have any queries about the Online Recovery College please contact the System Administrator via email on - VRC.Admin@westerntrust.hscni.net

- If you would like to get involved and require more information on how to get involved please contact us via email on VRC.Admin@westerntrust.hscni.net

Last modified: Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 3:25 PM