The Devon Recovery Learning Community (DRLC) has been working to develop new ways to connect with people during the coronavirus pandemic. Tutors and partner organisations from across Devon as well as Somerset, have been amazing in coming together over videoconferencing to discuss innovative new ways of working to deliver Recovery learning whilst adhering to government guidelines.
Caroline Nicholson, Manager of DRLC, sees this as an opportunity for the DRLC to begin to create an engaging, three-dimensional and more long-term online platform to their website. “We have begun to upload online courses and take online bookings. Our peer tutors have really pulled out all the stops. They are currently getting their heads around the technology to enable them to roll out live courses through videoconferencing over the next week, including Djembe Drumming, Music and Songwriting with Guitar, Craftfulness during Quarantine, Dance, Movement, Mindfulness, Meditation and much more”.
The DRLC has been developing its website and now has a new tab called ‘DRLC Online’ (please see image above). As well as online courses there will be links to Youtube tutorials, online resources and ‘funstuff’ such as word searches, online jigsaws, quizzes and activities all produced by peer tutors and the DRLC team. The aim is to keep things local and to help students stay connected with their tutors and what is familiar around them.
Caroline says: “There is already so much help out there that that we are at risk of having too much choice and being overwhelmed with information. I would like our Devon Recovery Learning Community to know that we are still here for you, and we are not going away. These are the things our community would like to share with one another; we are in this together and we will get through and be even stronger”.
As well as a developing the website with online resources, the DRLC also has a very active Facebook page with regular news and updates about local opportunities, peer support, informative and useful information and more. For further information and to visit the DRLC website click here.