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Wellbeing Project - RACC Community Learning Mental Health research project

A DfE Community Learning | Mental Health Research site (2015/18) 

Welcome to Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) web page which outlines RACC's  involvement in the research project in Phase 1. RACC was involved in Year 2 but we are sorry to say that despite requests, their project page does not reflect this as they did not add any content during phase 2.

Watch 'Stepping Stones to Wellbeing', a film which was completed at the end of Phase 1. It was directed, produced and involves the learners who took part in the project. The film captures individual learner stories; their journeys and how they benefit from learning at RACC. You will also hear reflections from RACC tutors, project managers, and the principal. 

Watch our Project Spotlight video  (partnership working, types of courses, lessons learned) below on the MHFE Youtube Channel.

Watch our video on overcoming social isolation carried out in partnership with Blackburn College.

Our launch event which took place on 31st July 2015 was attended by Vince Cable. 


During Year 1 we worked with the following partners in our project to help broaden our reach across the borough and surrounding areas.

SW London Recovery College  -  South West London Recovery College is the UK's first mental health recovery study and training facility providing a range of courses and resources for service users, families, friends, carers and staff.

Richmond Wellbeing Service  -  Talking therapies and specialist support a collaboration between RB Mind and East London NHS Foundation Trust

SPEAR - Homeless to Independence

The Community Partnership - A consortium of voluntary organisations in Richmond that provide services for health and wellbeing (funded by the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames)

Achieving for Children - Achieving for Children is a social enterprise company created by Kingston and Richmond Councils to provide their adult community learning and children's services. We offer services to provide targeted help and support to children and families in need at the earliest stage

Richmond Homes and LifeStyles Trust - RHLT provides residential care and a range of leisure and daytime services for people who have a learning disability in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Age UK - Provides Services for older people that cover the whole of the area of Richmond upon Thames

EMAG - The Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group, is an independent voluntary organisation working for equality and fairness in the Black and Ethnic Minority communities living and working in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thame

RUILS - Ruils is a local, user-led charity supporting individuals (irrespective of age, impairment, health condition or capacity) to live independently at home and in their community.

Richmond Aid  - Richmond AID is a charity run by and for disabled people in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas. 

CRI - CRI, in partnership with South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and Intuitive Recovery provide the Richmond Integrated Recovery Service (RIRS) - the substance misuse treatment service for adults with drug and alcohol problems in Richmond upon Thames. 

Workforce wellbeing

Workplace Wellbeing and Mental health is a hot topic.  By taking part in a national research project about improving general wellbeing through participating in community learning, we wanted to seek local employers to work with so that we could extend the reach of our courses into the workplace.

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