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 Western Mass Peer Network is currently accepting nominations for individuals who have been instrumental in supporting, implementing and/or working in peer roles. Award categories are as follows:
▪ Ally Award
▪ Change Agent Award - Peer
▪ Change Agent Award - Provider
▪ Exceptional Volunteerism Award
▪ Hero Award
▪ Innovation Award
▪ Living the Values Award
▪ Pioneer Award - Peer
▪ Pioneer Award - Provider
▪ Up & Comer Award
Award nominations are due by Monday, November 10 at 5pm!!
Awards will be given out at the Western Mass Peer Network's 'Celebration of Peer Roles' event on Friday, December 5th from 12pm to 3pm at the Summit View Banquet House in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
- 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
- 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
Are you a planner, or just really
invested in seeing this event be great?
Join our Celebration Sub-committee to help us plan this event and all the related details!
sub-committee meeting times or come to 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)