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.
There's a new way for you to get your holiday (or any other) shopping done AND donate to the Western Mass RLC!! All you need to do is go to smile.amazon.com, select our umbrella organization as your charity of choice (Western Massachusetts Training Consortium) and .5% of your purchase will donated to the Western Mass RLC EVERY TIME YOU SHOP!
All prices, your account, and your shopping cart are all the same at Amazon Smile as on regular old www.amazon.com. The ONLY difference is that you help US earn money while you buy what you need!
Please Note: The non-profit name that you will see at the top of your Amazon Smile page will be the 'Western Mass Training Consortium. This is the RLC's umbrella organization.
However, all donations will land with the RLC!
TODAY is Valley Gives Day!
What is Valley Gives Day? It's a twenty-four hour period beginning at 12:00am on Wednesday, December 10th and ending at 11:59pm that same day when non-profits from across the Pioneer Valley will fundraise their hearts out.
Valley Gives Day fun facts:
- Each time someone shares our Valley Gives Day campaign on Facebook Twitter or other social media, it's likely to earn us an average of $18.00. (That adds up if lots of people are sharing!)
- Valley Gives Day offers 'Power Hours' at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 9pm. During each 'Power Hour' all donations (no matter the size) increase our chances at earning a 'golden ticket' worth between $500 and $1000.
- Valley Gives Day offers prizes for highest number of individual donors that range from $3000 to $5000! That means that the organizations that get the most individual donors - regardless of the size of the donation - will receive additional reward funds to add to their total!!
Yes, yes. We know that the organizations that serve babies and puppies often get the most attention, but we support people who HAVE babies and puppies and we're happy to share pictures with you, so that ought to count for something, right?
Check out the good work we're doing right here on this website or at our Valley Gives Day page (and don't forget to give!):
HELP US BEAT OUR RECORD!
- Although we try very hard to stick to two to three e-mail blasts each month, Valley Gives Day is our one big exception.
- You should expect a few e-mail blasts in the week leading up to the big day.
- Then, on Wednesday, December 10th, you will receive several updates letting you know about some of the RLC’s work, as well as alerting you to special ‘power hours’ throughout the day during which each donation we receive puts us in the running for special cash prizes!
You can actually schedule your donation ahead beginning on December 1st if you’re going to be away.
Friday, December 5th
12pm to 3pm
@ The Summit View Banquet Hall
| please RSVP to 413.539.5941 x 301
- Free lunch and an opportunity to network!
- Introduction of the new ‘Declaration of Peer Roles’
Awards to both people working in peer and provider roles who have been instrumental in moving this work forward
Co-sponsored by the Western Mass Peer Network and
the Western Area of the Department of Mental Health
And the Nominees Are...
Thank you to the many individuals who took the time to submit over 50 nominations for the 10 awards to be given out at the Celebration of Peer Roles on December 5th. The awards will recognize individuals working in peer, provider and ally roles who have made significant contributions to the development of peer roles in our area.
Pioneer Award - Peer, Pioneer Award - Provider,
Change Agent Award - Peer, Change Agent Award -Provider,
Exceptional Volunteerism Award, Innovation Award, Living the Values Award,
Ally Award, The Hero Award, and the Up & Comer Award.
Want to learn more about those who will be receiving these awards?
Join us on December 5th at the Summit View Banquet House in Holyoke.
Please join us at the next Western Mass Peer Network meeting!
(Peer Networking meetings happen every last Thursday of each month from 1 to 3pm
@ the RLC’s Holyoke Center, 187 High Street, Suite 303)
Applications are required and space is limited.
Applications due by Monday, February 2nd.
In and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply!
Applications can be found at www.westernmassrlc.org/hearing-voices
- Looking to 12-Step: Creating a Future Informed by Our Grassroots History with Marty Hadge and Caroline White
- Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support Groups: Building Community in Times of Light and Darkness with Sean Donovan and Caroline White
- Voices are Real: Finding Meaning and Value in Our Experienceswith Caroline White and Marty Hadge