Recovery is about finding ways to live a secure, healthy and fulfilled life, despite the challenges of an ongoing injury or illness. When someone’s military career comes to an end due to medical reasons, the future can seem overwhelming. This is why we created our Recovery College. Launching virtually this month, it’s the first of its kind to be designed specifically for wounded veterans and their families.
Mike Lee, the Course Development Lead, has spent the past few months developing courses that achieve the college’s aim; to give veterans the confidence and understanding to achieve their recovery goals.
Mike says “All our courses help veterans take steps in their recovery journey that put them in control of their future. These are educational recovery courses, rather than vocational courses that lead to qualifications.”
Initially Launched at Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Sept 2019, the plan was to roll out to all our Recovery Centres this year. But with the pandemic putting a hold on that for now, courses will be delivered virtually instead.
“We look forward to the day when we can run our courses face-to-face but due to the restrictions caused by coronavirus, this isn’t possible yet. In the meantime, we’ve been working hard to deliver as many of the courses as we can virtually,” says Mike.
What makes our Recovery College unique is the fact that all courses have been co-produced, by our recovery staff alongside the veterans we support. Mike explains:
“The expertise of staff and the experiences of veterans allows for a blend of different ideas and perspectives within a course. It ensures we remain student focussed as we can listen, respond, and involve students in their own recovery by asking them to design courses with us. This allows us to include material that is both relevant and helpful for students embarking on their recovery journey.”
He adds, “The Recovery College is designed to help veterans to understand themselves better and the uniqueness of their personal recovery journey; to identify their next steps and equip them with the tools necessary to achieve their goals.”
Our Recovery College launches at a time when many of those we support need us more than ever. The lockdown may be lifting, but the pandemic is having a lasting impact on the lives of veterans and their families; since the start of the outbreak in March, we’ve seen a steady increase in calls from those who are lonely, anxious or worried about the future.
“In the same way that all of us will need to adjust to a new normal, our veterans have the added complexity of continuing to deal with their physical and mental conditions under these difficult circumstances,” says Mike.
“The team and I are excited to see the difference it will make to the lives of our veterans and their families.”