New Leaf Wellbeing College at the Recovery Conference - free extra course!


New Leaf Wellbeing College will be running a short course at the Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust Recovery events on Hope and Opportunity - what do these mean on your Recovery journey?

The Stanborough Centre, Watford (Monday 8 October)
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The Arts and Leisure Centre, Stevenage (Wednesday 10 October)
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Wodson Sports and Leisure Centre, Ware (Thursday 11 October)
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In addition we will be holding an event at HPFT Development Centre, The Colonnades, Hatfield (Tuesday 9 October) 6:00-8:30pm
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New Leaf Wellbeing College will be putting on a session within each of the four events and you’re invited to come along and take part - the events are free and include lunch and refreshments. Meet with others and hear about how Hope and Opportunity can contribute to recovery from mental health challenges.

Recovery Conference


We would like to welcome people using local services, carers, professionals and members of the public to join us for a day of learning and networking

We will be holding a local recovery conference, from 10am to 4pm, at the following venues :

In addition we will be holding an evening event, from 6.00 to 8.30pm, at:

We would like to encourage you to attend the event at your closest location. Please book via the Eventbrite links above or by calling Divya Nair on
01438 730802.

We are planning to offer free transport for people using local services, and carers, depending on the level of demand. Please make sure you tell us your closest town on your registration form.

Inspire Others! Write for the College Blog

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Inspire Others! Write for New Leaf Wellbeing College's Blog

Are you a student of the college? The college is looking for students to write for the New Leaf College Blog. You can share your recovery story and inspire others, give helpful tips on how you look after your wellbeing and/or talk about your involvement with the college. If writing isn't your thing, share your story via video instead!

If you are interested in being involved in this fantastic opportunity get in touch via email!


New Leaf College Team

Tel 01442 864966  

Trefoil House | Red Lion Lane | Hemel Hempstead | HP3 9TE

Recovery Pathways Study

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Recent media reporting appears to tell us, almost daily that drug related deaths are at record levels in the UK and across Europe.  

But, more importantly recovery is possible and means being 'better than well'!
In recent years we are finding increasing numbers of people emerging from chaotic lives spent in addiction, to have good health restored, relationships rebuilt and strengthened, potential achieved and overall life satisfaction increased.  

How do we know this?  

Starting in 2010 there has been to date five surveys that have given us an alternative portrait, at odds with the pervasive addiction and misery narrative. Over 5,500 people have completed the Life in Recovery (LiR) surveys, starting in the US, then in Australia, UK, South Africa and Canada. Data gathered has generated new and important knowledge about lives in recovery; what people do, how they recovered, how they stay recovered (more information/reports etc here
So far the Life in Recovery 2018  has seen over 1000 people in recovery across Europe share their experiences. We'd like you to help us support even more people to know that their voice is valuable and can help others.

We would like to invite you to take part in the REC-PATH study by helping us to recruit your clients or members. The study involves the clients completing an online questionnaire (15 mins) about their recovery journeys to date and then deciding whether they want to do two further interviews with our research team over the course of the next year. 

People who are eligible to take part are those who see themselves as being at least three months into their recovery journey/without problematic substance use. We are flexible about how they choose to define recovery. In other words, the survey is open to people who are in medication assisted recovery and people who are currently in different kinds of treatment or are recovering without treatment.   

We look forward to partnering with you in this vital project on recovery success and recovery pathways. If you are willing to participate, please complete the survey here . We are also happy to send you hard copies on request.  

If you have any further questions please contact the Project PI, Professor David Best, on  or on +44 114 225 5435