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.
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HELP SAVE THE RLCs!!!
To take action NOW, visit www.massrlcs.org
Last month, we were thrilled when the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee fully restored the RLC budget.
However, the Senate Ways & Means Committee just released their proposal, and they are suggesting cuts to the RLCs of 409,000. While this is much better than the Governor's proposed 1.7 million cuts, it still would have major impact on our small budgets.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!
Fortunately, Senator Lewis has agreed to propose an amendment that fully restores the RLC budget in the Senates proposal. However, that amendment is due by 5pm today (May 14, 2015), and we need as many Senators to co-sponsor as possible. Although Senators can still sign-on as co-sponsors for a few more days after today, it is STRONG PREFERABLE for them to do so today to ensure they actually appear on the amendment document.
PLEASE CALL YOUR MASSACHUSETTS STATE SENATOR TODAY AND ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR SENATOR LEWIS'S PROPOSAL!
Click here for a brief flyer on the cuts courtesy of the Disability Policy Consortium.
To find out the contact information for your Massachusetts State Senator, click here.
Overview: The Career Initiatives Project is intended to create opportunities for people who have ideas for small businesses or independent projects and have limited or no access to seed money to get their ideas rolling into reality. Funds for this project are very limited, and successful candidates will be those who:
▪ Live in Western Massachusetts
▪ Have been personally impacted by psychiatric diagnosis, extreme states, trauma and other challenges that have gotten in the way of their ability to explore and achieve their dreams
▪ Have a clear vision for your business or independent project
▪ Are self-driven and motivated to reach project goals
Grants will be for around $2000 (some a bit less, some a bit more, depending on the details of the project itself and funds available!)
Grant applications due by Friday, June 19th.
Visit www.westernmassrlc.org/employment for more details!
Want to know what someone can accomplish with a Career Initiatives Grant?
For one of many examples, check out current grant recipient, Cindi Oldham’s ‘Stoic’ art show opening at the Green Field’s Market on Sunday May 3rd.
35 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Keynote Speaker: Willie Baptist
Arise for Social Justice will be offering workshops on:
* Community Control of Housing
* Quality and Health of Housing
* Racial Justice in Housing
|To register for this free event,
Call: Arise, 413-734-4948
Stop by the office: 467 State Street, Springfield
Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 15
@ Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, Holyoke, MA
Registration is required and available on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration will end when the training is full or on Friday, May 22nd (which ever comes first!)
This workshop will be facilitated by Peter Bullimore and Hayley Tayler. Peter has heard voices since childhood. Peter is also an internationally known trainer, founder of the Paranoia Network in England, and owner/operator of Asylum Associates, and has taught at several universities in the United Kingdom.
Hayley began hearing voices at 20, leading to a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. She is currently medication free and working with the Sheffield hearing voices network. She also helps facilitate the Maastricht Assessment Centre in Sheffield, using her knowledge and insight to help others.
or click here for a flyer about their call for papers!