Weekly Update

College News

July 7, 2023

Welcome to the weekly update. This week the NHS turned 75 years old. Did you know our College is run and supported by the NHS? We often think about the NHS being about hospitals, doctors and nurses but most of it’s work is done in community settings. Our Recovery and Wellbeing College is a prime example of how the NHS is changing towards new ways in which to help people live heathier and happier lives. The key ingredient in our College is not just the professionals who run it but the people that come to it, that volunteer their time to help run it, our partners that deliver courses and our learners who support each other. So when you think about the NHS, spare yourself a thought, that you are part of it and should feel as equally proud of the positive difference you are making to others.

We have a few spaces remaining on our courses below before the summer break so do book on if you don’t want to miss out! If you enjoy nature and tranquillity why not join our Go Fish course in August. Details below.


As usual we have information and offers from our local community so carrying on reading to find out more.

In case you missed it here is our Keeping Connected July edition.

Keeping Connected July 2023 PDF


Last chance to book onto:

Music-Making Minds!

Thursday 13th July 2023  2.00 – 3.00 pm

Tolson Museum, Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, HD5 8DJ

Come and show your support for your fellow learners by coming and joining us for a free live performance of exciting original music written by participants at the Kirklees Recovery College song writing course, supported by Creative Minds.

This is all part of the celebrating Kirklees Year of Music.

It is free and everyone is welcome. To book, simply:

Call: 07717 867911 or email: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk


Recovery & Wellbeing College Courses


Please note we only advertise courses that  have spaces below and coming up soon. Please go to our course page on our website for a full listing of our courses.

Watch this space for courses coming soon in September onwards!

Last few places…


Glass Jar Painting and Decoration

Kirklees Recovery College, Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Pathways, Nettleton Rd, Mirfield, WF14 9AQ

Wednesday 12th July 10.00am-12.00pm (1 week)

Come along and have some fun as we decorate glass jars using a variety of techniques including painting and decoupage. This one-off session is suitable for all abilities, and will be facilitated by Deby from Kirklees Success Centre. You will be able to take away your own beautifully decorated jar at the end of the session. All materials will be provided, however if you wish to bring your own glass jar to decorate, please feel free to do so.

Please note that due to funding this workshop is open to anyone aged 19+ living in Kirklees only.

Glass Jar Painting and Decoration



Wellbeing Walk at Ogden Water

Ogden Water, Main Car Park, Ogden Lane, Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8YA

Thursday 20th July 11.30am-1.30pm (1 week)

Come along and join us for a relaxing and creative walk around the stunningly beautiful and tranquil setting of Ogden Water, just outside of Halifax! You will be guided on a gentle stroll around the reservoir where you can get in touch with nature and experience a sense of peace whilst enjoying some gentle exercise. We will be providing some creative activities during the walk where you will get a chance to do some photography and make some nature mandalas. We look forward to welcoming you on the day!

Ogden water has paths and is relatively flat, with some small hills. The walk will be approximately 1 mile. We feel that this will be suitable for people with low to moderate fitness abilities. There are paths that lead out in to hilly/wooded areas for individuals who would like to do a more challenging walk.

Wellbeing Walk at Ogden Water


The M Word: Menopause Awareness


Wednesday 26th July 6.00-7.00pm

This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of the menopause; the symptoms, how it may affect you and, most importantly what you can do to manage it.  During this one-off online workshop, delivered by a qualified Health & Wellbeing Practitioner and in partnership with Henpicked, we will discuss the perimenopause, post menopause and everything in between to help you on your own unique journey during this stage of life.  Information will also be shared about how and where you can access support.  This session is open to people of all genders to enable better understanding of the menopause and how to support those going through it.

This course is available to learners from Calderdale and Kirklees


The M Word: Menopause Awareness online


Go Fish! (Beginners Course)

Hillhouse, HD9 6QR

Thursday 10th August 4.00-7.00pm (8 weeks)

Fishing is a fun, social and inclusive activity that has proven health benefits.  This free 8-week angling course gives learners the opportunity to escape the daily demands of life by being in nature, away from the world of technology and the chance to learn a new skill.  Learners will discover the equipment and techniques most commonly used in the pursuit of freshwater fish.  Delivered by a social enterprise that specialises in outdoor activities, Eden Forest CIC will introduce you to a sport that may transform your life!  At the very least it will provide you with the chance to have a laugh, create memories, make new friends, and maybe, just maybe catch a few fish!  This course is suitable for beginners and is delivered by qualified, licensed, experienced coaches and all equipment is provided.

Go Fish! (Beginners Course)


You can see a full list of our upcoming courses by clicking here:


If you are already enrolled with the College, then please get in touch via email or telephone to book on your chosen course or workshop.

There is no need to enrol again.

Email: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk or Telephone: 07717 867911

If you are new to the College please enrol here

Please remember to stay at home if you are unwell or have symptoms of covid!

We will be able to help you remain safe if you are worried about getting infected by covid when you attend.


Courses and other stuff from community organisations:


Have your say on mental health services in Kirklees

Kirklees council want you to have your say about commissioned services for people with mental health.

Visit: online1.snapsurveys.com/mhservices to help them identify future needs & improvements.

S2R The Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind project is back!

This month sessions are taking place in Dewsbury South, East and West wards at: Cloggs Coffee Shop and Westborough Methodist Church every Wednesday, at Dewsbury Library and St. Paulinus Parochial Hall every Friday and at Thornhill Lees Community Centre on both Tuesdays and Fridays.

No need to book, just turn up on the day. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

To look at the full programme of activities and events form S2R this month click the link below:

Download July Schedule


Richmond Fellowship

Stress Management online

10th July 1-3pm

Examines all aspects of how Stress can affect us and how it has a negative impact on your mental
wellbeing, looking at methods and new ways of thinking that can drastically reduce stress levels in our
daily lives.

Self-esteem and Resilience online

13th July 1-3pm

Examines what self-esteem and resilience is, how it affects us, and how we can build and maintain
positive self-esteem for ourselves.

Explores all aspects of improving and maintaining mental health through practical means that people
can use daily.

Mood and Food online

21st July 1-3pm

Explores how food can affect our mental wellbeing in a positive and negative way and general tips on
what to eat to improve your mental health.

For more information or to book a place please contact:
Karl Jackson-Lander:
Mobile: 07909 993203
Email: Karl.Jackson-Lander@richmondfellowship.org.uk

Huddersfield Office: The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland St, HD1 1RL
Dewsbury Office: Connect Housing: 21 Bond Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1AX


Cycle for Health

New  Cycle for Health | Cycling UK course aims to improve health and wellbeing through instructor led cycle training and led rides for 2 hours each week over 8 consecutive weeks.

To view and book all courses please use our new Cycle for Health Eventbrite page. We’ve designed the Eventbrite order form to allow referral partners to book on behalf of others. Priority will be given to people booked via a referral partner.

People experiencing health and wellbeing challenges who are not linked to a support organisation can also use Eventbrite to book onto a course.

We will continue to add more courses to Eventbrite in the coming weeks and update you via email but please click on Follow at the bottom of the above Eventbrite page to stay updated. We’ll also be sharing via our Cycling UK Yorkshire and the Humber Facebook.

If you’d like any help using Eventbrite to book for yourself or someone you support, or you’d like to book a course entirely for you organisation, please contact us directly.

Cycle for Health Project Team

Cycling UK

Direct Line: 01483 904562

Email: cycleforhealth@cyclinguk.org

Web: cyclinguk.org


Cost of Living information:

Click the link below to find links to websites and workbooks that can provide help and advice with money, debt and the cost of living.

Cost of Living Information – Calderdale and Kirklees

Join us on Facebook and Instagram here:



Have a great weekend!


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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