2020 been a challenging but successful year for the College.
When the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, it presented many challenges for the College and our students, but it also presented us with opportunities. As the end of the year comes to close, we are pleased to share with you some of the achievements and highlights of 2020 for New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College:
- The College was nominated for an award at the HPFT staff awards
- Parts of the College have restructured
- Our Student development programme has been improved in line with student feedback
- There are more creative opportunities for our students on the programme
- The College co-produced and released seven (yes seven!) new courses and seminars
- We saw the first release of the College newsletter
- There has been an increase in resources for our students online
- The website is currently being redesigned (due to be released next year)
In the summer, we closed our classrooms to ensure that our students and staff were kept safe. Despite this, the College has still been able to support thousands of students with their recovery, all due to our incredibly hardworking staff, who all adapted well to working at home.
- Commendations to Chris, our administrator, who has done a great job with supporting students over email and phone, and for supporting those to attend the courses and enter the classrooms safely.
- To Jo, our student development co-ordinator, who has worked hard to support our experts by experience and design the new Student development programme, thank you
- A special thank you to our lead tutor, who has been instrumental in helping us shape the college and the courses since joining us this year.
- To Louisa for the work she is doing to keep our students informed via our website, newsletter, brochures and social media platforms, thank you
- Finally, a big thank you to Irma, who this year has led the way into migrating our services online, all whilst managing the college, supporting people with their recovery and writing and delivering our courses
Furthermore, we would like to thank all of our students and experts by experience for:
- Giving us feedback and creative suggestions for how we can improve our services
- Helping us to deliver our courses over the Zoom platform
- Providing us with administrative support when needed
- Writing for the college Newsletter, blog and testimonials sections
Christmas can be a difficult time for many already and we anticipate the added pressure of the new Tier 4 lockdown over the Christmas period may contribute to the feelings of isolation. We encourage all of our students to remain hopeful, look forward to the things we can do in the future and make the most of our time now. Read our latest blog for a list of 25 things you can still do at home this Christmas to utilise available resources, embrace the five ways to wellbeing and continue your recovery whilst enjoying some seasonal creativity.
The College is now officially closed for the Christmas period; however please visit our crisis support page for details of other services that are available. You can also download our crisis support leaflet, which gives details of services like chatbots that give you instant connection via message.
We hope you all enjoy the festive period. You can also still book onto our courses for the beginning of next term, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
From the New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing team
Author: Louisa Whorrod