New Leaf Wellbeing College's learning approach is 'recovery' orientated. That means we aim to give you the knowledge and skills to look after your own wellbeing, by focusing on your individual goals and personal strengths, so that you can move forward in life.
What is wellbeing?
The term wellbeing refers to a state of being comfortable, happy or healthy. Wellbeing is made up of psychological factors such as life satisfaction and happiness, as well as physiological factors like comfort and physical health, which contribute to one another. Social aspects such as maintenance of relationships and social interaction are also important factors that affect wellbeing.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s wellbeing is different. What one person finds enjoyable might make another person feel uncomfortable. That’s why it’s important to discover what you enjoy and to listen to your body, as it can help you better manage your own wellbeing.
As a college, our wellbeing ethos means that we avoid focusing on symptoms or diagnosis, and take consideration of all the influences that can affect your health and happiness.
What is recovery?
The word recovery has different definitions. The college teaches recovery as a personal journey of discovery that involves 'making sense of, and finding meaning in what has happened; discovering your own resources, resourcefulness and possibilities; building a new sense of self, meaning and purpose in life; growing within and beyond what has happened to you; and pursuing your dreams and ambitions.'[Repper & Perkins (2012)]
When the college talks about recovery it refers to the personal journey people with different health/ life experiences go through to build resilience, and live happy and fulfilling lives regardless of challenges. It does not mean returning to how you were previously, it is instead learning to take control of your life and enjoying it.
New Leaf Wellbeing College’s recovery approach revolves around three important values:
Hope – that a positive future is possible
Opportunity – hearing the experiences of others to help you learn
Control – gaining knowledge and skills so that you can make changes that are right for you
Every person’s recovery journey is unique and the college can support you through your journey with an Individual Learning Plan, which will help you set your learning goals and decide what you want to achieve from attending the college.