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.
The next Peer Networking Meeting will be:
12:30pm to 3pm
@ the RLC’s Holyoke Center,
187 High Street, Suite 303
This meeting is open to all individuals working or volunteering in peer roles in Western Mass.
Pizza and salad will be served!
10am to 4:30pm (registration at 9:30)
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
~ Re-define the relationship between a voice and voice hearer
~ Reduce the sense of powerlessness that some voice hearers experience
~ Reduce negative impacts of voices on daily life
a registration form by Friday, May 1st (or until the training is full)
click here or on the image above.
The RLC offers several Hearing Voices groups throughout the region, as well as training and consultation to other groups and areas wishing to start their own Hearing Voices groups or better understand the approach.
Now, for the first time, we’re also excited to be able to offer a
Hearing Voices group especially for young adults up to age 30.
The RLC’s Greenfield Center, 74 Federal Street
1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 7 to 8:15pm
or calling 413.437.4776.
Hearing Voices groups are for individuals who hear voices, see visions, or have other unusual experiences, who want the opportunity to seek support and/or explore those experiences in a non-judgmental, non-pathologizing environment
Wednesdays at the RLC’s Holyoke Center, 1:30-2:30pm
(Crochet instruction also available!)
Come join us and make something to help stay warm this winter.
We don’t necessarily follow school closure schedules,
so please be sure to check either:
Our Website: www.westernmassrlc.org
Our Cancellations & Closures Page: www.westernmassrlc.org/cancellations-closures-a-delays
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Western.Mass.RLC/?fref=ts
or call our Closure Line (413.539.5941 x 314) when weather is bad.
Thank you to everyone who donated to during our on-line Community Gives week (and beyond!). A special thank you and congrats to our prize winners:
$50 Amazon Gift Card: Luke P from Great Barrington, MA
$30 Barnes & Noble Gift Card: Audrey H from Somerville, MA
$100 Spafinder Gift Card: Alison B from South Hadley, MA
$50 Bath & Body Works Gift Card: Phyllis S from Granby, MA
$35 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card: Vanessa H from Shrewsbury, MA
$100 Darden Gift Card: Laura C from Northampton, MA
$50 Target Gift Card: Tom R from Hamden, CT