Welcome to the Western Mass Recovering Learning Community
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks. We believe that human relationships are often at the center of what heal people who have experienced extreme emotional distress, trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, addiction and a variety of other challenges in life. We also believe that we are a part of a civil and human rights movement and that real change does not happen on a sustainable level unless everyone is involved in the process and issues like discrimination, poverty, imbalances of power and acceptance of natural diversity are addressed.
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is made up of PEOPLE (not places) and is wherever and however YOU and others from the community may choose to connect. Together, we offer a variety of events, workshops, trainings, advocacy and leadership councils, as well as a peer support line, four resource centers (Springfield, Greenfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield) and a Peer Respite in Northampton. Above all else, we create space for anyone who has a genuine interest in taking part in our community and holding its values to share and find connection, information, ideas and opportunities to make change in their own lives and/or the community around them. Our shared experiences and ‘humanness’ are what unite us. Our stories, collective wisdom and strength are what guide us and our community forward.
30 to 40 hours salaried position. Support team members, project development and day-to-day functions at one or more of our RLC spaces and in the community throughout Hampshire and/or Hampden County. Focus may include supporting roles with our Bridger team (working in local hospitals), respite house (Northampton), and/or our centers in Holyoke and Springfield. Responsibilities will include direct supervision, team building and meeting facilitation, scheduling, budget oversight, on-call duties, training and other administrative tasks as well as some direct peer-to-peer support.
- REQUIRED: Demonstrated managerial/supervisory experience; Personal experience as someone with psychiatric diagnosis, extreme states and/or a trauma history; Strong written and verbal communication skills; Computer proficiency; Access to reliable transportation that can be used at times for work purposes; Creativity, dependability, and commitment to the values of the RLC.
- PREFERRED: Prior knowledge of and involvement with relevant movements, rights and advocacy work; Prior experience offering peer-to-peer support.
- A PLUS: Intentional Peer Support, Hearing Voices, Alternatives to Suicide and/or Certified Peer Specialist training; Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/ASL).
Applications that do not include a letter of interest may be discarded.
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The workshop will be at the
Greenfield RLC center.
Saturday Sept 27 from 1PM -3PM
Space is limited, so please email
| Maastricht Interview for Hearing Voices:
Wednesday, November 5th to Friday, November 7th
|Maastricht Interview for Paranoia:
Wednesday, November 12th to Friday, November 14th
@ Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, Holyoke, MA
Trainings will be facilitated by Peter Bullimore and Shaun Hunt, each of whom have had their own experiences with both hearing voices and paranoia and will be joining us from the United Kingdom to share this cutting edge tool to support people to make sense of and move through these experiences when they are disrupting their lives.