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Recovery College

March 20 2013
The free college for homeless Londoners has become a huge hit


A free college for homeless Londoners has become a huge hit – with hundreds of new students joining in recent months. The Recovery College was set up by the charity St Mungo’s in September, and has grown from an experimental project to one with nearly 400 students enrolled on 60 courses.

These range from practical courses on health, literacy, food, finance and jobs to creative courses in music, film, and philosophy.

“The college provides a structured environment for people - but without some of the demands of mainstream education. It seems to be filling a gap,” said Stuart Bakewell, St Mungo’s area manager.

Staff and students said the college has helped build their self-esteem in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Steve, a student in his 50s, told the BBC that the course had shown him how much his life could be improved “with a bit of confidence”.

“The vast majority [of our students] didn’t have a good time at school, so this is showing it can be enjoyable,” said organiser Andy Williams.

For more information on how you can join St Mungo’s Recovery College, email, or call them on 020 8762 5500. The college website can be found at: