NT LIFE is the Recovery College for North Tyneside…

Helping people learn new positive ways to deal with the stresses of life, understand themselves better and find purpose.

Recovery Colleges offers educational courses about mental health and recovery, which are designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills and to help them feel more confident in the self-management of their own health and wellbeing.

Delivered in a safe and friendly community setting, courses and workshops are co-produced and designed by individuals who have lived experience of challenges with their own mental health, and who want to pass on their LIFE learning, skills and knowledge to help others. Read on to find out how to get involved!

Get Involved


NT LIFE welcomes people with lived experienced of mental health challenges, their families, and/or carers and for those who work in the mental health field.

All sessions are co-produced by individuals who have lived experience of challenges with their own mental health (experts by experience), carers and trusted research literature and resources.

The perspective of a person with lived experience gives them a unique insight and empathy with fellow participants

We would love for you to engage with us in any of the following:

  • Enrol
  • Sign up for activities, groups, courses, workshops
  • Share your thoughts on what would help you engage with us
  • Give us ideas of where you would look for information for mental health support
  • Tell us how we can eliminate barriers for you to help you access the college

The inclusive nature of the college means that students and volunteers:

  • Require no educational qualifications
  • Get to choose their own courses.
  • Courses are free of charge
  • Open to all North Tyneside Residents 18 yrs +
  • Participation is valued


As part of NT LIFE’s commitment to people’s recovery and wellbeing, we aim to encourage and develop our students to volunteer in the growing programme we offer. In 2021 we partnered with Sunderland University and two of our volunteers qualified as teachers. Proving there are many benefits to volunteering including but not exclusive to:

  • Gain confidence
  • Make a difference
  • Meet new people
  • Make new friends
  • Be part of a community
  • Learn new skills
  • Take on a challenge
  • Find a purpose
  • Have FUN!

NT LIFE is developing a number of opportunities to help people: increase their knowledge, skills and experience, helping them to achieve their goals. Volunteer roles are flexible and include a variety of experiences:

  • Administrative
  • Peer support 
  • Facilitator and Co-Facilitator roles
  • Course Development
  • Practical contribution e.g. making stuff to share within our wider community

Training, support and agreed expenses are available. Please note, some roles will require DBS checks.

Register your interest below to find out more.

For more information contact:

Ali Donkin [email protected]

Alice Holliday [email protected]

Julie Bishop [email protected]

Jessica Shaw [email protected]


To register your interest, please complete the Expression of Interest Form below. 

You will then be contacted by a member of the team to arrange a one-to-one session, either by phone, in person or via Zoom. This will be used to discuss your interests, needs and to enrol you on to the courses and workshops of your choice. Follow the link on the right to see our latest prospectus, then use the form below to tell us more.

We look forward to meeting you and beginning your NT LIFE journey!

    Expression of Interest


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