THE COLLEGE

WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?

Stream 1: Bankstown, Fairfield & Liverpool
Stream 2: Campbelltown & Camden
Stream 3: Wingecarribee & Wollondilly

Please refer to the timetable published each term for information on venues.

WHO CAN ATTEND SWSRC?

The South Western Sydney Recovery College is currently free of charge and open to:

• People 12+ years who have a mental health concern and live in South Western Sydney
• Their families, carers and support people
• Health professionals
• Service providers wishing to develop recovery orientated understanding and practice
• Primary Health Network and SWS Recovery College partner organisations

INCLUSIVE STUDENT SUPPORT

SWS Recovery College aims to make it’s services, teaching and learning support inclusive and accessible to as many people as possible.

SWS Recovery College will:
– Support each student to complete an individual learning plan which identifies specific learning support strategies
– Hold courses in accessible venues that are also close to public transport
– Have course material in plain English or other accessible formats e.g. large print
– Encourage and support students to bring a support person if required
– Learning activities are designed to enable full participation of all students
– Ensure trainers/tutors are also trained to identify and support students with disability and support needs

Students can contact the SWS Recovery College Manager at any time to talk about additional support strategies.
Students are also encouraged to speak to a Peer Trainer/Tutor.

STUDENT RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

Students have the right to:
• Be treated fairly and with respect by SWS Recovery College staff and students
• Privacy, dignity and confidentiality
• Learn in an environment free of discrimination, bullying and harassment
• Have a safe and clean learning environment
• Quality provision of courses that appreciate individual needs and learning styles
• Support for specific learning needs if you tell us about a disability or learning difficulty
• Privacy and confidentiality concerning hardcopy and electronic records or documents that contain personal information; conversations with MDS Training staff
• Information, guidance and advice on courses and enquiries dealt with in an efficient manner
• Have your beliefs, religious and cultural practices respected
• Express your views and be involved in developing the college
• Provide compliments, feedback and complaints through appropriate channels (see FAQs)

Students have the responsibility to:
• Behave in a responsible and ethical manner towards other students and staff with respect, fair-mindedness and courtesy at all times
• Be respectful of others personal space, boundaries and confidentiality
• Refrain from the harassment, discrimination or bullying of other learners, staff or visitor of the college. This includes unwarranted and inappropriate touching.
• Refrain from using offensive language
• Not talk over others
• Not engage in any other behaviour which could offend, embarrass or threaten others
• Provide accurate information about themselves and advise of any changes
• Acknowledge receipt and understanding of Course Guide, Complaint Procedure, and Individual Student Learning Plan
• Ask for clarification of anything you are unsure about
• Advise SWS Recovery College by email swsrecoverycollege@mdservices.com.au of changes in contact details or learning needs as soon as possible
• Not smoke anywhere on SWS Recovery College onsite training venues. Smoking should only be done in designated smoking areas
• Refrain from the use of alcohol or illegal drugs when using the college
• Follow safety instructions and other relevant MDS and SWS Recovery College policies and procedures as discussed or provided in class
• Not to prevent or disrupt another students rights to participate and learn
• Respect college or host organisations property, or the property of staff, students or visitors
• Not undertake any act which constitutes a criminal offence.

POP UP HUBS

If you are a service provider or community group interested in hosting a course or workshop/s, we are currently taking expressions of interest for March – June 2020. Please see our course guide for further information regarding courses and topics.
If you would like to recommend your area for a Pop Up Hub, please follow the link here.