Personal Development (Including Mentoring)

Ref: C3840905

We intend to introduce new members to a proven set of principles, enabling the safe-environment of the residential, to help prepare the group for community life. Our new students will be introduced from partner agencies and will include people with alcoholic and addiction histories. All students are to be involved in recovery programs and will be supported by mentors with 12 step programs.

Course aim

Main purpose of this course is to create a self-supporting group able to produce, with the help of mentors, an expanding community of recovering individuals. Primary focus is on mentoring skills.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Mentors will be students who have attended previous programs with us and had successful results from those courses.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss recovery solutions with peers
  • Take part in recovery solutions aimed at helping myself and others
  • Take part in a mentoring system which includes physical activities, one to one problem discussions and food hygiene and preparation
  • Take part in my local community using support principles learned on these courses
  • Take part in regular meetings to discuss problems of recovery, community participation and employability

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Mentoring and group discussion

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Warm clothing, safe footwear, sleeping bag and pillow case, wash-bag

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Take part in 12 step groups.

Download full course outline

Personal Development (Including Mentoring) Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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