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Converge: education for recovery

We provide courses for adults who use mental health services.

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Courses update

We will be offering courses by a variety of teaching methods so that all students can apply to participate. Please note that not all methods will be available for every course. 

Teaching may be offered by: 

  • Distanced learning (DL) where course materials are posted to a home address with no online interaction.
  • Online learning (OL) where the class takes place on Zoom or Moodle with telephone or online support. 
  • Remote or mixed learning (RML), a mixture of online and on campus learning. Classes take place on campus and are broadcast to students who do not wish to come onto the York St John site. 
  • On campus learning (OCL) where face to face classes take place on the York St John campus with the university's COVID-19 regulations in place. 

Our courses help you develop skills in a supportive educational environment. You have the freedom to be creative, challenge yourself and discover new abilities.

Most courses take place at York St John University. Courses are taught by staff, students and people with particular expertise and their own experience of mental ill health. 

Applying for a course

You can attend a Converge course if you are an adult (18 and older) and you:

  • Receive current support for a mental health issue
  • Have experienced mental health issues in the past

Courses are free of charge. They take place during term time and vary between 4 and 10 weeks in length. You can apply for a course throughout the year.

Our courses

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Who we are

Our work with the community

Our history

Find out about the history of Converge. Discover our ongoing work to improve access to educational opportunities.

Student volunteering

Students from YSJ can volunteer with Converge as participants or in a leadership role.

Our partnerships

We work with local, national and international partners to provide rich educational opportunities.

Converge Evaluation and Research Team (CERT)

We offer bespoke evaluations of mental health services and community projects.

Converge Evaluation Project

We are evaluating the impact of our programme on those who use it in York and Newcastle.

We want to find out about the experiences of people who use Converge, or who have used it in the past.

Get in touch


York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

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07764 337 116

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