The Exchange Recovery College


33 Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2AH

Who we are

Educational and wellbeing courses for people recovering from mental health issues. Including Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Depression, Self-harm, understanding and looking after yourself. This venue is part of the Barnsley Safe Places Scheme.

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The Exchange Recovery College takes and educational rather than a clinical approach to improving mental health.

We offer a wide range of courses and one off workshops with the aim of improving wellbeing through learning.  Our courses focus on being mentally and physically healthy, staying well and developing the knowledge and strength to overcome the challenges that we can all face at times in our lives.  We focus on building our personal resilience and developing the confidence and self-esteem to be able to make decisions and believe in ourselves.

All our courses are co-designed and co-delivered by people with real life experience of mental health and recovery who work in conjunction with NHS professionals, education providers and trainers to share what works for them.

Courses aren’t therapy – our aim is to provide you with a positive learning approach in which we all share knowledge and provide you with the space to reflect on your own health and understanding.

Some of our popular courses include:-

Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Feel the Fear: Exploring Anxiety
  • Eating disorders workshop
  • Managing depression
  • Understanding myself and dealing with difficulty
  • Understanding self-harm

Looking After Myself

  • Assertiveness, Confidence & Communication
  • Helpful Habits for Sleep
  • For those that give too much workshop
  • An introduction to exercise
  • Men's health course
  • Tackling loneliness
  • Valuing my sensitive self workshop

Exploring my interests

  • Cooking corner course
  • Crafting for beginners
  • Scrapbooking for wellbeing

Moving forwards

  • An introduction to volunteering
  • Facilitation skills
  • Managing change
  • Professionalism
  • Safeguarding adults

We have a fully equipped gym on site as we believe physical fitness is very important for good physical and mental health. We also run lots of community sports groups and active sessions such as Walking for Health, football, netball and cycling where you’ll be working with exercise specialists and trained volunteers.

How to enrol

If you're new to the college, all you need to do is schedule in a one to one induction.

  • Book an induction by ringing our reception 0n 01226 730433 or email
  • Attend your induction and decide if the College is a good fit for you.
  • Enrol on the courses and activities that interest you.

If you are a returning Learner you can enrol online or by ringing 01226 730433 or email to outline the courses that you're interested in.

Please contact us for more information.

Barnsley Safe Places

Barnsley Safe Places welcomes anyone over the age of 16 to join as a member. Anyone can feel unsafe or unsure whilst out and about if something goes wrong. The venues available in Barnsley have been trained to be welcoming and helpful to anyone and everyone. There are a variety of venues such as libraries and cafes so you can find a quiet place by yourself or get help.

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Opening Times

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Contact Details

Contact name: Principal: Jane Taylor

Email address:

Phone number: 01226 730433

Mobile number:


Address details:

33 Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2AH

Other Details

Cost: No charges for the majority of courses.

Published: 09 August 2019