THE VIRTUAL RECOVERY COURSE
The current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) is deeply unsettling. As ever, our priority is the people we support, our staff, our volunteers and our supporters. We are following and responding to all the guidance provided to us from the UK Government, Public Health England and the NHS and we encourage you to do also.
Our trustees and operations team are doing everything they can in their day-to-day activities to minimise the impact and reduce the spread of COVID-19, and are closely monitoring the situation and reviewing all our activities in line with the Government’s advice, as it evolves.
Above all else, our thoughts are with those affected by the virus, particularly those who are sick. We are praying for a speedy recovery for all affected, and we remain inspired by our healthcare workers and all those who have volunteered to care for people here in the UK in our local communities during this time.
Let’s pray for those affected by this virus, for those involved with healthcare and for those in government responsible for making decisions, and let’s be a people full of compassion, responding out of faith and not fear.
THE RECOVERY COURSE
If you have been running The Recovery Course or were about to start, we would encourage you to do all you can to ensure you are following the latest advice and guidelines set out by the UK Government, Public Health England and the NHS.
The help and support built around The Recovery Course provides a vital connection to so many, and we are grateful that churches around the UK and overseas run the course in their communities helping people find freedom and help them to begin to rebuild their lives.
Keeping and building this recovery community is very important, and in light of the current situation, we would recommend, where possible, extending recovery through virtual groups. We realise that not everyone will be able to access the internet or for it be suitable or be in a position to interact on-line, but we have set out below some ideas to move The Recovery Course online whilst we are in this period.
FIND A VIRTUAL VENUE
There are plenty of FREE online platforms such as Skype, Zoom and Google Hangouts, and others where you can invite and gather your Recovery Course guests. This is where you can welcome all your guests and open the evening and make everyone feel welcome, chat and introduce the weeks session. These virtual groups can also be a great place to encourage guests to complete their coursework.
STREAMING RECOVERY COURSE VIDEOS
In your chosen virtual venue you can, if you wish, give a live testimony or stream a filmed testimony and then the session for that week. Personal stories can be extremely powerful and very encouraging, especially at this time. All The Recovery Course videos are available on our website or our YouTube channel.
WhatsApp groups are perfect for group discussions and for keeping in touch with small group members and where you can send course materials, copies of the serenity prayer and encourage one another during the week and a safe place. Using WhatsApp, text messages or email where possible, each guest can be encouraged in their recovery and feel part of a community and reminders can be sent out about the next meeting.
One of the most effective and appreciated aspects of The Recovery Course is the prayer support. Prayer guidelines can be found on our website which will guide you to pray for each session of the course. In addition, giving your guests the opportunity to ask for prayer confidentially is a way of supporting them through the course.
FOLLOW-UP, ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND SELF-HELP
Using WhatsApp Fellowship groups guests can continue their recovery and be connected with any online help and Anonymous Fellowships. There is a wealth of great resources available online to help support recovery including organisations offering advice and help over the phone, downloadable resources such as e-books, audio books, podcasts and videos etc.
Download the resources for The Recovery Course below.