Castle Point and Rochford CCG, Southend CCG and Southend Borough Council have launched these surveys to find out what people using REACH (Recovery College) and those that do not currently access the Recovery College think about what’s on offer. REACH is an acronym which stands for Recovery Empowerment Achievement Community Hope, coined at the commencement of the Pilot with a consortium of mental health providers. The offer aims to enable people to self-manage their own mental health by building up their own ‘toolkit’ and strategies to facilitate their own personal recovery pathway.
An independent evaluation by Anglia Ruskin University found that the results showed significant improvements in mental wellbeing and social inclusion and ‘reports of increased confidence, reduced anxiety, and increased social inclusion/reduced social isolation. Furthermore, at final follow-up 87% of students said they would recommend the Recovery College to a friend, 96% enjoyed attending, 91% said their skills had developed, 83% said their confidence had increased, 87% said that they felt more positive about things and 87% said their relationships with others had improved as a result of attending.
The pilot ends on the 31 March 2019 with the intention to formally procure a new service to run from April 2019.
Two online surveys are now available on the Southend Borough Council website consultation portal - the consultation closes on 7 September 2018.
The surveys are aimed at different groups; one will be for people with mental health issues and their carers; the other for stakeholders such as GPs; social workers; DWP; voluntary sector partners etc to complete.
We need the views of many other people as possible to ensure the Recovery College service moving forward is delivering the right offer and courses to people across Castle Point and Rochford and Southend.
We want to reassure anyone currently using REACH that we will do all we can to make sure REACH continues to run as smoothly and effectively as possible during this process. If you are concerned or anxious please speak to one of the recovery coaches.