Welcome to Spring Term 2021

I would like to begin again by acknowledging all the students, tutors and recovery college team members for their commitment and care for their Tower Hamlets community during this pandemic and to acknowledge those in our community who were directly or indirectly affected by COVID 19, especially those who are not with us today as a result. It continues to be a testing time for the world. As a college we hope to support our students and each other through this difficult by staying connected, supporting each other and learning and growing together.

Autumn Term 2020 was an exciting term with our first ‘hybrid’ term – offering both online and classroom-based courses! A big thank you to Ismael and Asha, our Classroom Safety Assistants who managed and supported all classroom-based courses, ensuring they were safe for our students and tutors. We were so glad to be able to hold face-to-face courses, and to be able to connect with our students in a physical space again! We received so much positive feedback about these courses from students and we hope we can relaunch these classroom-based courses in the near future! We also launched our face-to-face IT Support Sessions delivered by our librarians Tony and Halima. These sessions have been hugely successful and have supported digital inclusion amongst students and the wider community! Just like our classroom-based courses, there are stringent safety measures in place during these sessions to protect our staff and students. We hope to resume these sessions again in Spring Term 2021 but we continue to offer online IT Support sessions for anyone who would like this support. Our online Zoom courses also received excellent feedback and we look forward to holding more Zoom courses this term.

Spring Term 2021 will be a completely online term! All of our courses will be delivered on Zoom! Up to 12 students can attend each course and we have a range of new courses on offer including “Understanding Grief and Loss”, “Understanding Disordered Eating”, “Managing Working/Study from home”, “Christianity & Recovery” and “Women and Mental Health”.  We are also excited to announce that we will start recruiting our team leading on the new pilot ‘Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Learning Stream and the ‘Young Adults’ Learning Stream (ages 18-25). We will be holding many focus groups and coproduction sessions to plan this project so if you are interested in being part of this, contact us or watch out for an invite in your email!

If you have any enquiries or just want to have a chat, please do not hesitate to contact me- Enjoy the term!