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In association with the Institute for Social Justice.

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Open Day

Wednesday 4 September

Drop in between 1.00pm and 4.00pm

Quad South Hall, York St John University

Open days are an opportunity to meet the Converge staff, find out more about our courses, and receive support to complete an application form.

You do not need to sign up to attend.

Independent evaluation of Converge

Every £1 invested in Converge yields £11.80 of social and economic value according to a recent independent socio-economic impact analysis of Converge by the economists Carney Green.

The full report is available using the button below.

Converge Impact Assessment Report (PDF, 560KB)

We have also evaluated the impact of our programme on those who use it in York and Newcastle.

Download the evaluation summary and full report using the buttons below.

Converge Evaluation Project Summary of Findings (PDF, 14.1 MB)

Converge Evaluation Project Full Report (PDF, 5.4 MB)

Converge: A community of learners

Converge is a partnership between York St John University and mental health service providers. Find out more in our introductory video.

We provide courses for adults who use mental health services. 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. We also offer some courses online and by post.

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

Theatre students performing

Theatre and performance

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Social science and study skills

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Online and postal courses

Converge characteristics

Characteristic 1: Students, Not Service Users

As far as possible, Converge participants are regarded as students and not as patients or service users.

Characteristic 2: Education, Not Therapy

We offer educational opportunities and focus on the subject. For example, theatre, creative writing, or research methods - not on mental health.

Characteristic 3: The University Campus

Our research has shown us the value of Converge taking place in a university; universities are places of aspiration and hope.

Characteristic 4: Involvement of University Students

We involve university students in the delivery of the courses, the support for people who attend, and in our evaluation and research.

Characteristic 5: Research and Evaluation

We are committed to participatory research in which people who have experienced mental ill health can play in a central role in internal and external evaluations.

Get in touch


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

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07764 337 116