Hope College: compassion. The heart of our approach.
Compassion and Co-Production are the foundations of our philosophy and, combined with trust and honesty, we can thrive in our community together.
What is hope college and who is it for?
Hope College offers a variety of opportunities for clients, carers, and families of the Slough Community Mental Health Team to be involved with. If you get support from the CMHT, or you care for someone who does, then you are welcome to join Hope College at any time. As a student with us, it is your choice where you decide to start your journey depending on your needs.
Co-production is at the heart of everything we do at Hope College. This means clients, volunteer peer mentors, carers, and professionals work together to think about, develop, and present any new courses together on an equal basis.
All the courses at Hope College are co-designed, co-produced, and co-delivered and as a result promote our core values: providing hope, control, and opportunity for every student as they embark on their journey to better mental health. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all our courses are now being held virtually. Please see below for more details or click here to see the available courses.
Hope College courses, workshops, and activities are provided under the following areas:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Creativity and Discovery
- Developing Skills and Knowledge
- Peer Support
- Carers Support
- Employment Support
What we do at hope college
Pathways: Workshops and Courses
There are three pathways – Health and Well-being, Creativity and Discovery and Developing Skills and Knowledge – that offer a variety of opportunities. It is your choice where you decide to start and the pathway you choose, depending on your needs. If you feel you need some guidance, please speak to a member of the Recovery Team.
The Volunteer Peer Mentor programme, offers a unique opportunity for you to use your own experiences of mental health difficulties to support others. If you feel able to manage your mental health, and are ready for a challenge, you could apply to become a Volunteer Peer Mentor or Helping Hands person. If you would like to talk to someone about this, please call a member of the Recovery Team.
To help support people who want to find paid work, we have set up an Individual Placement and Support employment service in Slough.
Work is good for your physical and mental health, and can play a vital role in the recovery of people with mental health conditions. Experience has shown that many people are able to work and pursue careers if they are properly supported.
If you would like to talk to someone about this, please call a member of the Recovery Team.
Slough’s Community Mental Health Team and its Older People’s Mental Health Team offer a number of different initiatives to support carers, including:
- Carer’s Assessments
- Carer Support groups
- Carer Education sessions
- Support and Signposting information to help manage your caring role.
- Hope College – If you are a carer of someone under the Adult Mental Health services please contact the Carer Support Worker at the Recovery Team. If you are a carer of someone under the Older Person’s Mental Health Team, please contact the OPMH team on 01753 635220.
- The Carer’s Forum – an opportunity to shape services.
Hope college your student journey
HOW CAN I ENROL
with Hope College?
Hope College usually holds an Open Day before each term starts, which we encourage all students to attend. Here you can see what courses/activities are on offer, and decide which opportunities you would like to enrol onto. You will also have the opportunity to meet with Hope College’s other students, Volunteer Peer Mentors, Helping Hands, and staff.
Hope College Open Days are now happening virtually over Microsoft Teams. The next Open Day is on Friday 22nd January at 11am. The Open Day will last approximately one hour and give you a chance to learn about all the exciting workshops we have coming up this term. To sign up, simply email us at Mailbox.HopeCollege@berkshire.nhs.uk with your full name and date of birth. We hope to see you there!
Due to COVID-19, we are no longer holding workshops in person. Instead, they are all delivered online as part of our new Virtual Hope College offer. We are asking all service users and carers to sign up to our Enabling Town Slough login area.
The log in area now contains the most up-to-date information about our upcoming workshops and events and is the easiest way for you to enrol on new courses, so we highly encourage you to sign up. To view all available courses, click the “Courses” button when you log in; to enrol, use the “enrol on our courses” form at the bottom of the “Courses” page. You can also find our latest brochure by clicking the “Virtual Hope College Brochure” button at the top of the “Courses” page.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Recovery Team.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hope College is open to all carers of students who are under the Slough Community Mental Health Team. However, we ask that anyone who accompanies a student takes an active part in the course. Any supporters who accompany students will also need to complete their own enrolment form.
We usually hold Open Days at the beginning of every term in September and March. However, due to COVID-19, Open Days have been postponed during 2020. We hope to hold a virtual Open Day in early 2021.