The Beyond Recovery Programme is based on two elements:
Realising the nature of thought and how it shapes our lives
Innate Health via a clear mind
Accessing natural resources such as well being and resilience from a mind free from the contamination of personal thought
Our reality is individual, ie it is created from within our own minds and appears to be real. It appears that we are looking at the world and processing it, when in fact we are creating our own model of the world and then projecting it onto the world.
Behaviours such as addiction or violence are the symptom of not experiencing our own freedom of mind, a unhealthy relationship with our own thoughts. This leads from a misunderstanding of how the mind works; when we mistakenly believe that our feelings are coming from something other than our own mind (outside of us instead of inside of us). It is natural to want to feel at ease and if you don’t know that this is possible within your own mind then you look for other ways.
Traditional programmes focus on changing behaviour or changing the thinking that creates the behaviour, however Beyond Recovery programmes focus on helping people have personal insights into the nature of thought and the nature of mental health within their own consciousness.
It is important to recognise that this understanding is not an intellectual one; one must bypass the intellect to intuitively ‘see’ their innate well being.
In May 2022, Beyond Recovery (BR) began a productive new partnership with No Knives Better Lives (NKBL). The BR team now trains NKBL practitioners and peer educators to be skilled practitioners of the Insight to Wellbeing curriculum. This means they can enhance their skills to help Scotland’s young people further. It seems certain that Youthlink Scotland will see great benefit from Beyond Recovery’s specially tailored curriculum well into the future.
The NKBL-tailored curriculum is designed to share an understanding of the mind and human experience to reduce risk factors, uncover resilience, and promote emotional and psychological wellbeing in children and young people. This innovative curriculum is taught through a compilation of sessions that speak to the potential, ability and resilience inside every human being.
“I really enjoyed the Insights to Wellbeing course and being trained by the team at Beyond Recovery C.I.C. The trainers were very skilled in holding space for personal and group reflections. The activities were fun and interactive, allowing us to think through how to deliver Insights to Wellbeing to young people. I can see the potential for this course for all young people in Scotland.”
Emily Beever- Senior Development Officer – NKBL, YLS
Individual practitioners who are interested in this work are welcome to join our next online training programme. Contact: [email protected] for more information.
Last month I, alongside the rest of the Beyond Recovery team, attended the 3PUK Conference in north London. It is the biggest conference of its kind and attracts Three Principles practitioners from across the globe and a staggering range of fields, pursuits, and professions.
I am relatively new to the Three Principles understanding, so I viewed this conference as a handy way to grasp the fundamentals better. The first thing that struck me about the conference was how incredibly light-hearted and welcoming the attendees, and the organisers were. I reckon it might be impossible to have spent a day at the conference and not make at least one new friend!
For me, the conference’s highlights weren’t the superstar speakers in the main hall, although they were great. The best nuggets of wisdom I heard shared were in the breakout rooms, where panellists with some shared niche would share how the principles impacted and guided their work and their lives. I attended talks on topics ranging from how the principles interface with different religions, how they can be utilised to help children’s mental health, how the principles can shape our understanding of conflict, and how they can uplift and empower the homeless. I could even attend a virtual event held in German, as there were many non-English talks for the burgeoning international Three Principles community.
Even while getting coffee during the breaks, I had the opportunity to share some very interesting conversations with the other attendees, all of whom brought their own unique perspectives and understandings to the table.
After three jam-packed days of talks, I truly feel like I understand the Three Principles more than ever before. However, as Socrates famously said, the more I know, the more I realise I don’t yet know…
Beyond Recovery is thrilled to have been successful in its grant application for the National Lottery AFA Community Fund.
AFA (Awards for All) supports smaller charities and community-led groups to prosper and thrive. Its aim is to help them to recover, rebuild and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Beyond Recovery Street Project will have a lasting impact on the community and help it to thrive. We will be posting more about it soon, so watch this space!
Jacqueline Hollows, founder of social enterprise Beyond Recovery, has been included in this year’s NatWest WISE100 list. Now in its fifth year, the Wise (Women In Social Enterprise) 100 List is produced annually by Pioneers Post with Natwest Social & Community Capital. It recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business.
The WISE100 celebration took place on 18th March as a daytime event which included time for networking, a panel discussion, and the awards announcements.
Megan Virrels, CEO of NatWest Social & Community Capital, said: “We are so pleased to welcome our 2022 cohort of WISE100 Women and congratulate them on their place in this year’s list. Against the pandemic backdrop of the past two years, nominations have remained strong, with exceptional times also generating many stories of exceptional leadership.”
Jacqueline commented: “I want to congratulate the winners and every woman on the list. It’s still tough to be in business as a woman, and these awards show that we are making a difference and bringing a ton of value to the sector. I watched online as the winners received their awards, and I was moved to tears by the encouragement and inspiration of every leader.”
For more information about the WISE100 list and awards, click here.
Beyond Recovery has won a new contract with HMP Gartree in Leicestershire via the MOJ’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). The team is delighted that, through the agreement, it can deliver motivational talks and workshops to prison residents.
Derrick Mason, a returned citizen and now a director of Beyond Recovery, is excited to present his story to long-term residents of Gartree prison. He will let them know that hope and potential are just one thought away.
Derrick’s note to the residents reads:
“Through my experience as a returned citizen facing many obstacles and issues with changing my life, I realise much of it was to do with my mindset and the barriers I created myself. Although those barriers still exist, by listening to my true self, I can see and access all my good qualities while understanding that my past behaviours don’t make me who I am now. I can choose to see these things, and once I truly felt them, other people started to see them in me. Even when others couldn’t see it, I didn’t let it bother me because I better understood where my wellbeing comes from.
“It may sound funny, but I had never seen it like that before; it was just another one of my personal barriers that I now see through! For the first time in my life, at the age of 50, I knew I wasn’t broken, and I could see and feel that I didn’t need to commit crimes anymore. I just knew I had a choice.”
Beyond Recovery will provide groundbreaking Distance Learning materials, motivational talks and workshops to help residents tap into their wellbeing and resilience. This, in turn, will enable them to find peace of mind while serving long sentences.
The materials created by Beyond Recovery empower reflective self-efficacy. They help individuals find ways of coming to terms with their behaviours and move on productively to live pro-social lives.
Jacqueline Hollows, founder of Beyond Recovery, said:
“I’m delighted that we have been awarded this opportunity. I look forward to a collaborative relationship with HMP Gartree, supporting their residents, enabling stronger family relationships and creating safer communities.”