Recovery College Updated – 22nd of May


Another week of lockdown completed, with a slight reduction in restrictions starting next week.  Small steps to keep us all safe.

We are very pleased with the response from students to our online course options. Most current courses finish next week. Please decide what your next course will be. Film Forum, looking at archive documentaries and chatting with film producer Richard Warden or Listening & Empathy with Karen Krawczyk.

This week on Tuesday Zoomday we welcomed author and poet Caroline Johnstone – it was a fascinating discussion and we are sure it will inspire many more Recovery College poets.  We are compiling a book of all the poems that are submitted to us.

It is Mental Health Awareness week with the theme – Be kind.  

Our Creative Recovery Course students made positive messages on driftwood and Lainey kindly installed it in Irvine along the shore and Jeanette did an installation in Troon. See the video ‘Drift on By’ #Bekind.  The beautiful music is by Michelle Connelly from her album ‘Dileas’

The images will soon also be part of a virtual exhibition for Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival,

Here are some simple acts of kindness:

  • Call a friend who you haven’t spoken with in a while
  • Post a card or letter to someone you are out of touch with
  • Send flowers to a friend, out of the blue
  • Find out if a neighbour needs help with shopping
  • Ring someone who is on their own, or maybe video call them
  • Send someone a handwritten note
  • Tell your family how much you appreciate them
  • Help with household chores
  • Offer to help an elderly or vulnerable neighbour
  • Check on someone you know who is going through a tough time

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival present three short films exploring the Mental Health Awareness Week theme of Kindness, including the winners of the Short Documentary and Short Drama awards at SMHAF 2020.

There are opportunities each week to be online with film makers in live zoom discussions, details on

Next week on June 1st, Tuesday Zoomday 1pm we welcome as our guest, Louise Walker to talk about the work of Scottish Recovery Network.

Drum 4UR Life

Join us on Wednesday for an online drumming workshop

A little film has been made from students’ comments from the evaluation at the end of the last course. Thanks to Michelle for creating this.–1GPo9Y

Drumming for Wellbeing with Dr Jane Bentley, Workshop 6

You could all be experienced drummers by the end of this lockdown if you follow this online course

A recently discovered poetry journal of a Glasgow girl, Ruby Black, wrote around 1930:

Friends in a world of hurry,

Of work and sudden end,

If a thought comes quick of doing,

A kindness to a friend,

Do it this very instant,

Don’t put it off – don’t wait,

What’s the use of doing a kindness,

If you do it a day too late’

Stay safe, stay connected!

Best Wishes,

Jeanette, Molly, Trish and Lainey

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