Keeping Connected and the Weekly Update

College News

January 6, 2023

Happy New Year! Welcome to our first edition of Keeping Connected and our weekly update of 2023!

We hope you had a good break. This time of year is not easy for everyone so please look after yourselves. We can all play our part to protect ourselves and those around us. Check out the self-care tips and local services information below which includes helpful cost of living organisations and advice:

Home – NHS – Together We Can


For news, views and advice on how to be a winter well-ie read our newsletter Keeping Connected.

Keeping Connected January 23


Many of our courses are filling up fast or are fully booked, so don’t dilly and dally, get booked on!

Courses with spaces:

Mindful Mandalas

Tuesday 7th February 12.30-2.30pm (4 weeks)

Calderdale Recovery and Wellbeing College hub- Hope Street Halifax

No drawing experience is needed. Suitable for beginners or learners that are more experienced. We will show you this deceptively simple drawing technique and explain a little about the history and culture of mandala patterns.

Being creative and using mandala pattern making as a mindfulness activity can improve your health and wellbeing. This will be something you can learn to do at home as a way of staying well and taking a respite from any worries or difficult emotions by being present in the moment. Sara will be facilitating this course.

Mindful Mandalas – face to face

Mindful Doodles for Carers

Thursday 19th January 1pm-2.30pm (3 weeks)


Being a carer can be hard and we know looking after yourself is not something that always comes naturally. Taking some time out to focus on a mindful and creative activity can be a tonic and help your wellbeing. So come and join us to learn simple, mindful drawing techniques including Neurographica, Mark Making, Repetitive Patterns and Zendoodles alongside other carers. We’ll send you all the materials you need.

These are simple and easy to do anytime and can fit into your busy schedules. Drawing is great way to switch off and relax your mind!

Mindful Doodles for Carers online


What the Heck are Archives?

Wednesday 18th January 10-30am-12pm (1 week)

Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

Join us for this brand new introductory workshop delivered in partnership with West Yorkshire Archive Service.  You will discover exactly what archives are and how you can use them to unlock the doors of your own family history.  Perhaps you were descended from a knight? Or maybe your family name bears a coat of arms? Archive research can help you find out more about your heritage as well as learning about local history.

What the Heck are Archives? Mirfield


Song Writing

Thursday 12th January 10am-12pm (6 weeks)

Calderdale Recovery and Wellbeing College hub- Hope Street Halifax

Are you a music lover? Would you like to meet new people and collaborate in a creative setting with others? Have you ever fancied having a go at writing your own song? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the course for you!

In this free 6-week course we will explore the basics of song writing and you will have the opportunity to create and play music in a group setting. This course is open to anyone who would like to have a go at writing a song whether you are a complete beginner, or already have some musical abilities and would like to exercise these. You will also have the opportunity to record and keep a copy of your group song at the end of the course.

Song Writing! Hope Street Halifax

Steps to Success

Wednesday 1st February 2023, 1.00 – 3.30pm (8 weeks)

Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

Back by popular demand!  This inspiring eight week course delivered by Kirklees Success Centre introduces us to different strategies we can use to help develop our self-esteem, motivation and plans for the future.  It also looks at ways that we can make changes to our lives, if we so wish, either now or in the weeks, months or years ahead.  This course will help build confidence and teach us how to set realistic goals and empower us to take control of our futures in a positive and enlightening way.

Steps to Success


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

View all courses

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.


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:


Drum for Wellbeing – FREE Courses!

Valley Samba Beats Band

Holmfirth Tech on Wednesdays 10-11.30am

Denby Dale Methodist Thursdays 10-11.30am

to book go to:

or call 07736049089


Carers Count

Huddersfield Coffee and Chat groups for unpaid carers

1st Monday of every month, 6.30pm-8pm at Starbucks, Leeds Road Retail Park, Huddersfield, HD1 6PF

2nd Monday of every month, 10.30am-12pm, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

4th Monday of every month, 1pm-2.30pm, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

Join members of Carers Count team for support and advice, meet other unpaid carers, and enjoy coffee and a chat.

Call 0300 0120231

Carers Count Kirklees


Upcoming courses from Richmond Fellowship:

These activities are open to everyone aged 18 or over who lives in Kirklees and experiences mental health issues, problems or concerns.

Basic IT, a 4 week course starting on 12th January, (in person, at the Media Centre, Huddersfield) 

This  course will cover the basic skills needed to begin exploring the online world with support from trained staff members. Richmond Fellowship will reimburse you for your bus fare up to £4.50 (day saver) and offer snacks and beverages.

Stress Management, a 2 week course starting 16th January, 1-3pm (online on Zoom)

This course will examine 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.

Food and Household Budgeting, a 2 week course starting on Tuesday 24th January (online Zoom)

Make the most out of your money when doing your food shopping and make your household budget go further. Get advice on energy saving and the support available for people struggling with money issues.

Confidence to Work, a 6 week course starting on 30th January, 1-3pm (online on Zoom)

This course explores all aspects of getting into employment after being out of work for any length of  time due to poor mental or physical health.

Ways to Wellbeing, a 2 week course starting on 23rd February, 1-3pm (online on Zoom)

This course will cover all aspects of improving and maintaining mental health through practical means that people can use on a daily basis.


To find out more or to book, please contact Karl Jackson-Lander:

phone: 07909 993203  or email:


Cycle for Health courses – places available in January!

These cycling courses are for adults who would like to improve their mental or physical health, take up a regular activity, and build their fitness and self-esteem.

This month, the following courses still have available spaces – but other dates may also be available, so please get in touch with Cycle for Health at for more details:

Start date and location

  • Saturday 21 January (2pm – 4pm) Springs Hall Athletics Track, Halifax
  • Thursday 26 January (1pm – 3pm) Slaithwaite Fire Station, Slaithwaite


Cost of Living information:

Together We Can

For tips advice and information on health and cost of living services click this one link:

Home – NHS – Together We Can

Food and Household Budgeting – Richmond Fellowship

This 2 session workshop (2 hours a week) on zoom will look at how to make the most out of your money when doing your food shopping and how to make your household budget go further. it will also offer advice on energy saving and the support available for people struggling with money issues


If you would like to join these workshops or find out more, please contact Karl Jackson-Lander at:


Phone: 07909993203


Find a Warm Welcome Space Today

Everyone should have a warm and welcoming Space to go to this winter, which is why our network of community organisations, churches, libraries, businesses and other faith groups across the UK have opened their doors to provide exactly that.

Find a Warm Welcome Space Today


Halifax Community Fridge – Warm Meals every Thursday!

131 Gibbet Street, Halifax

The Halifax Community Fridge provides free food for anyone in the local community who is in need, between 11am and 12.30pm every day.

From 10th November they will also be offering a warm meal for their neighbours in the community, every Thursday afternoon. The meals will be served 30 minutes before sunset every Thursday – can check out their Facebook page for exact times.

Call: 07790 758618  


The Bread and Butter Thing

The Bread-and-Butter Thing is a charity which is distributing surplus food from shops, supermarkets and farms to people who need it. They cover several areas of Kirklees including Rawthorpe, Dalton, Deighton, Batley and Chickenley, providing weekly food bags at a fraction of the cost of buying them from the supermarket. Click the link below for more information.

Bread and Butter Thing


Take five to stop fraud

Take five is a national campaign offering straight-forward, impartial advice that helps prevent email, phone-based and online fraud

Protect yourself from scam and fraudsters by clicking this link:

Take Five – To Stop Fraud


For information, support and advice on how to beat the cost of living go to your local council pages here:

Money and Wellbeing in Calderdale | Calderdale Council

Cost of living | Kirklees Council


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Wishing you a Happy New Year!

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

 07717 867911

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