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Compass Recovery College

Compass Recovery College continues to run free mental health and wellbeing workshops, both online and in person. Whether you are a returning participant or new to Compass Recovery College, there’s something for everyone. The wide range of workshops we offer are an educational route to recovery from mental health challenges and increasing positive wellbeing.

We are pleased to be partnering with local organisations to offer exciting new workshops around photography, visual art, creative writing and theatre.  We are celebrating World Mental health Day in October by offering a bite-sized “Improving Resilience and Motivation” workshop, Stress Awareness Day in November sees us offering “Getting to Grips with Stress” both online and in person, and World Kindness Day sees the return of our excellent “ Being Kinder to Ourselves: beginning self-care and self-compassion” series of workshops.

Workshops focus on self-management skills and living well, with the aim of all our participants becoming experts in their own self-care.  All our workshops are co-produced; designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges together with mental health professionals. Our aim is for everyone to feel listened to in a safe space, with the opportunity to connect with others.

Everyone is welcome and everyone is a participant, whether affected directly or indirectly by mental ill health.  You do not need a referral or a diagnosis to attend. So, whether you are struggling yourself, or perhaps you are a carer, family member or professional who would like to know more about mental health and wellbeing, we can help.

On Wednesdays in July and August we will be at Reading Central Library or in the Forbury Gardens (weather permitting) for:

  • Improving Resilience and Motivation
  • Improving Self-Esteem
  • A Good Night’s Sleep
  • Yoga
  • Pilates


Our regular drop-in Social Sessions will continue to run during this time:

  • Coffee and Chat, Tuesdays at the Biscuit Factory 10.30-11.30
  • Walk-Talk-Walk, Fridays in Palmer Park 10.30-11.30

Gardening for Wellbeing will also be drop-in on Thursday afternoons from 2.00-4.00

Participants can register via our online form or contact us to register in person at Coffee & Chat or over the phone:, 01189373945


Who to contact

0118 937 3945

Where to go


Our Workshops are either run online or face to face 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 book on a workshop to be able to attend, please click on the  link below to register.

Compass Registration Form - Summer 2022

 As many of our workshops have waiting lists we ask that if you are booked on a workshop 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.

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