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.
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)
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.
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