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Compass Recovery College

Compass Recovery College is a mental health organisation under Reading Borough Council based in Reading. Focused on the message that recovery from mental health challenges is both likely and possible with the right tools. 

Providing FREE courses and social groups for anyone in the area aged over 18 who is affected directly or indirectly by mental ill health. Whether you are suffering yourself, a carer, friend, or family member who would like to know more about mental health, you can attend the courses.

With courses about specific diagnoses, general mental health concepts or coping strategies. All delivered by staff and peer support volunteers with lived experience of mental health challenges. Compass can understand your wellbeing from a different perspective.

There are also several social groups happening every week as well as creative courses and routes into volunteering.

All courses are free and available without the need for a referral. Book into an Information & Registration session to enrol and find out more about what courses and events might suit your needs. See the website for dates of these sessions.


Our Philosophy

A Safe Space

We provide a supportive, friendly environment, where students can learn and share experiences and ideas in confidence and comfort in order to develop skills for life.


We will do our best to meet the needs of every student that wishes to develop and take control to manage their life.

Open to All

We welcome anyone aged 18 (or over) with lived experience of mental illness or life challenges, as well as their friends, family, carers, mental health practitioners and clinicians.


All courses are developed and delivered by people who can call upon their own lived experience of mental health and life issues, together with clinically trained staff.

This is at the heart of the Recovery College and supports a diverse perspective on living with mental health challenges.

Who to contact

0118 937 3945

Where to go


Classes are run at various venues within Reading

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday
Time of day
Session Information
Most sessions take place during office hours 9am-5pm Monday- Friday. However occassionally we will run a course in an evening depending on demand and access needs.

Other Details


Is there a charge for
using this service?
Wheelchair accessible?


Referral required
Referral Details

You do not need any clinical or formal referral.

However you must be registered with us and booked on a course to be able to attend.

As many of our courses have waiting lists we ask that if you are booked on a course but cannot attend, that you let us know ASAP so that someone else can use the place. We can usually be flexible around your needs, as long as we know whats going on.

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.