Tel: 0118 324 7333

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Compass Recovery College in Reading:


Offers a range of courses that aim to promote good Mental Health and improve personal Well Being.

All our free courses are designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, clinical staff and other professionals.


Courses focus on recovery and self-management skills and range in length from one day workshops too longer courses running for 1 – 10 sessions.

Sue Barton

Contact Position

Recovery College Lead


0118 937 3945

E-mail: compass.opportunities@reading.gov.uk

New Directions

330 Northumberland Avenue





Classes are run at various venues within Reading between Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Caring Counts: a self-reflection and planning course for carers

Caring Counts is a self-reflection course which will help carers gain a clearer understanding of who they are and recognise the range of skills they’ve developed whilst caring. The resource was developed following research by the National Union of Students and national carers organisations which highlighted how many carers want to participate in learning and training opportunities but often face real difficulties in doing so.


Dr Lindsay Hewitt, from The Open University in Scotland, who developed the resource, said, ‘Carers do not always recognise the skills and qualities - such as patience, resilience, organisational skills and time management - developed in their caring role. Reflection can help carers recognise and appreciate the skills, abilities and qualities they often overlook and can help them review their decision-making and/or motivations.


‘We hope that the Caring Counts course will go some way to helping carers not only better recognise the skills and qualities they have developed through caring, but bring greater confidence to enable them to participate in learning and training opportunities.’

Caring with Confidence - Online


Caring with Confidence helps unpaid carers make a positive difference to their life and that of the person they care for. If you help or support a family member, friend or neighbour with a long-term physical or mental health condition, disability or problem related to old age, Caring with Confidence can help you develop your skills and knowledge for your caring role.


Caring with Confidence online sessions let you:


  • Learn simple techniques to help you care.
  • Work at your own pace and at a convenient time.
  • Do as much or as little at a time as you want.
  • Find details of organisations that can give you further information and advice.
  • Build up a collection of useful resources and notes
  • Click on the following link to access the online sessions:
  • http://nhschoices.leopink.com/index.htm