Changes at One Door – A Message from Recovery College Manager, Jayke Burgess

As we come into the holiday season, One Door Mental Health and therefore Western Sydney Recovery College are going through an important restructuring process to self-organising teams. This means that our service will no longer have a manager, and we are unfortunately losing Jayke Burgess (me!). I am saddened by this but also excited for One Door’s future and the important steps being made.

What will it mean for you, the recovery college students? New staff will be coming on board who you will get to meet as they are recruited. Annie and Maryanne will work together to continue the college’s positive outcomes. Courses will continue as per normal. You can contact us as usual via our website, email or phone and we are ready to assist in any way we can.

While we have seen COVID-19 restrictions ease in the last few weeks, then tighten again in the last few days, our plan is still to slowly return to face-to-face course delivery in Term 1 2021. We will provide a mix of face-to-face and online courses, as we have become aware that students value both for different reasons and we want to provide the opportunity for more students to access our courses. We will of course monitor the situation and make changes to our schedule if required.

I want to thank every person I have met in my work with the college. It has been a true privilege meeting the resilient, learned students of our college and I am grateful that I was able to learn with you. It has been a privilege to be part of expanding the knowledge and expertise in mental illness and mental wellbeing of our Western Sydney community.

With thanks,
Jayke Burgess