Louise’s story



I am finally valued in my life. The Wakefield Recovery College has rebuilt me.

“Just a Volunteer”

At a very desperate time in my life when I didn’t even recognise myself and I was in significant need of hope, I saw a poster on the wall whilst waiting anxiously for one of my many psychological appointments. The poster was advertising the Wakefield Recovery College. I looked at this poster and in my current situation, a struggling mother, an absent friend, an unemployed college lecturer, a recently diagnosed Mental Health patient, thoughts of worthlessness, uselessness, and the thoughts of ending everything being overwhelming. I was completely and utterly lost. Yet, a spark of possibility still fleeted. A positive thought ignited for the first time in many years, “I could teach here…I might have something to offer”. Something shifted and I had a goal, a dream, a possibility. The hard work began… “Recovery”.

Fast forward 5 years (with many twists and turns, setbacks, and much support). I am here. I am a proud volunteer for the Wakefield Recovery College. I produce and facilitate purposeful, meaningful, and nurturing workshops, instrumental in supporting the journey to wellness and developing an effective emotional toolkit. I have a strong influence and passion for well-being, mindfulness, and self-care. I am utilising and reconnecting with many of my teaching skills, creativity, and my captivating ability to connect and support others. I am even part of the editorial panel, moderating and ensuring all courses being delivered at the College, offer an essential source of support necessary for people on their journey to wellness.

The Wakefield Recovery College and its outstanding team have reignited my confidence, self-worth, and self-belief. I could absolutely burst with pride. I believed this could happen for me and it has. The Recovery College has enabled me to accept my journey, embrace my once debilitating Mental Health and celebrate it, as without it, I wouldn’t be where I am. Exactly where I need to be.

I am finally valued in my life. The Wakefield Recovery College has rebuilt me. Silenced the intrusive thoughts of “I can’t, I won’t, I don’t” … and transformed them to “I can, I will, and I have”. The Wakefield Recovery College value all of you and all you have been through. After years of searching for somewhere to belong. I am finally home with the Wakefield Recovery College.



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