A Recovery College for hope, inspiration and growth.

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start from where you are and change the ending"



A very warm welcome to you!

Welcome to our new recovery college, Stepping Stones, in Bracknell. This is a very special place for anyone experiencing challenges to their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. This might be due to a diagnosed or long-term condition, recovery from addiction, homelessness, trauma or abuse. Or you may not have any diagnosis but feel lonely, stressed or anxious and that your quality of life is not what it should be.


We are here to help you better understand what you’re experiencing and develop the skills, strengths and confidence to build a happier, more fulfilling life for yourself and anyone you support.

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We provide learning opportunities for anyone experiencing any kind of challenge to their health and wellbeing. We also invite family members and supporters to register and attend our workshops and courses, so that they can too can use insights and new skills to help themselves and those they care for.

At Stepping Stones, we offer learning as a positive, life-changing experience.


We learn together and from each other, as equals and we value all forms of knowledge and especially your lived experience.


We hope to inspire you with an exciting journey of self-discovery that will enable you to inspire others and find renewed purpose and meaning in your life. We provide a relaxed, non-judgmental place for you to do this.   


Recovery can be so much better when we travel together.

3 Videos To Start You On Your Journey

To help start you on your journey, the students and facilitators of Stepping Stones have made three short films that explain….


More about recovery colleges and the way Stepping Stones works  

Information about our courses and workshops

 How you can register and enrol in courses and workshops

What's on Offer?
Explore our 6 Learning Pathways of Courses and Workshops

Attending Stepping Stones is completely free and open to anyone aged over 18, who lives or works in the Borough of Bracknell Forest. We are an independent charity but work closely with all local services and charities. You don’t need a referral from anyone – it’s entirely up to you to decide.


What does recovery mean?

Why do I feel the way I do?
What more can I do?
What strengths and skills do I have already?
What else could I be good at?
How can I use all this to be happier?
What are recovery colleges?

Recovery Colleges have been around for a while and they enable people to grow beyond negative life experiences by providing opportunities learn more about them and discover a new sense of optimism, meaning and purpose in life. There now are over 90 recovery colleges in the UK and have been remarkably successful in showing how life transforming it can it can be to learn together and from each other as equals. Studies have shown that learning about our own and others experiences can also help to build stronger personal relationships and support a more complete and long-lasting recovery.

Testimonials from our students

“I couldn’t speak up in groups before this course, but now I can”

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