We see students for who they are and the strengths they have within themselves
Our core aim is to encourage self-management through delivering educational focused short-courses free of charge to all Hertfordshire residents aged 18 and over.
The college looks to inspire you to become your own hero and encourages optimism and good wellbeing practices through offering tips, guidance, advice and inspiring words of wisdom; all through delivering their courses, online resources, via their courses and social media.
New Leaf Recovery andWellbeing College The college has been delivering courses since 2014 and has helped hundreds of students overcome a range of wellbeing challenges.
Our short educational courses give you the skills and knowledge to help you better manage your wellbeing. Attending the college also gives you the opportunity to reflect upon your own situation and consider how you can build on your strengths to achieve better wellbeing.
The college is funded by our partners and follows the values below line with the principles of recovery:
Short courses are taught in a friendly and relaxed environment. Our key principle is that recovery is based around self-management. With this in mind all of our courses are strengths-based and person-centred, which encourages individuals to identify their personal goals and to develop self-management skills.
All of our courses are co-produced, meaning that content is planned and discussed with people who are experts by experience (such as our students) and people with professional knowledge of our course topics. This ensures course content is relevant and what students want. College courses are co-delivered by a tutor and a peer tutor who has a lived understanding of the subject matter. Throughout the course, the peer tutor shares their personal experience with their wellbeing and how they have applied the theories covered in the course to their daily life.
Students are encouraged to consider the college as a learning facility rather than as a therapeutic setting, and that they control their own learning experience. The college is strengths based and person centred, allowing people to discover their strengths and resources to reach their own goals, from confidence building to improving resilience and feeling more connected.
How we support students
We believe students are experts in their own recovery and encourage students to see this as a commitment to themselves and their goals of improving their wellbeing.
Courses are interactive and allow srudents to connect as well as hear how others have overcome wellbeing challenges,
Students are encouraged to consider the college as a learning facility rather than as a therapeutic setting and they control their own learning experience. Some students feel anxious about attending our courses, and that is OK. We offer students the opportunity for us to work with them on a learning plan, as well as help to attend the courses. Students can request mentoring support or a vlunteer to attend the course with them.
The college is strengths based and person centred, allowing people to discover and build upon their strengths, skills, achievements and qualities, as well as identify resources to reach their own goals; from confidence building to improving resilience and feeling more connected.
Students of the college are encouraged to use any of our ten venues across Hertfordshire. We have also released online courses via Zoom. We understand that there may be a range of accessibility and learning needs, so please discuss these with us on enrolment so we can support your access to the college.
Here some of our students talk about how the college has helped them...
The college also encourages continued recovery and learning and development apportunities fater attending courses. By getting invoilved, students will be doing one of the five ways to wellbeing as well as developping their skills in a number of ways. Find out how you can benefit on our get involved page.