This extract from the Recipe for Success e-resource contains our initial analysis and conclusions based what we learned by working with the group of FE colleges who contributed to the resource.
Continuing the recipes analogy we had used to review and present different colleges ideas and provision, we explored key ingredients (or components) that appeared to be shared across all of the colleges and then examined some of the issues that providers are currently facing.
Handout listing key influencing factors for internal and external partnerships generated through the literature search undertaken as part of the Recipe for Success project work. This handout was sent to participating colleges along with a questionnaire.
Use it in conjunction with the questionnaire and recipe template as a tool for planning, team building, staff training or service review.
There are lots of links between food, diet, cooking and mental health and wellbeing. Indeed, providing a discrete life skills course including eating and cooking on a budget was for a time a common starting point for mental health services and FE colleges to work together. Many learners with mental health difficulties complete catering courses and go on to succeed in working in what is one of the most high work-related stress sectors of all.
When the team at Hackney Community College won the Association of Colleges Beacon Award (2010) for Widening Participation for its work with students with mental health problems they decided to share their award with the sector by commissioning a guide to effective practice.
'Recipe for Success' is the result. It is a collection of 'recipes' gathered together from 6 general further education (FE) colleges with established provision to support students (and staff) in FE who have experience of mental health problems.