Keeping Connected and the Weekly Update

College News

May 25, 2023

Welcome to Keeping Connected and the weekly update.

This coming week 1st-7th June is Volunteers Week. As anyone attending our College will know we have plenty of volunteers at our college!

They help plan and facilitate courses, give advice on various committees and groups and share their insights as people that have lived experience of mental health difficulties. They also share their many skills and talents with us!

Without them we would not have a Recovery College and we would certainly be a less friendly, welcoming and empathetic place.

So here is a big THANK YOU to all our friends and volunteers of the College, you are truly are amazing.

You can read in Keeping Connected what we did to treat our volunteers by clicking the link below!

Keeping Connected June 2023


Date for your diary

Mission to Mend Community Roadshow

On Friday 16 June at 12.30pm – 4.30pm

At Calderdale & Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Pathways, Nettleton Road, Mirfield WF14 9AQ

We would love to invite you, friends and family on a Mission to Mend – a celebration of community textile sewing for repair. Following a series of repair and textile heritage workshops with the local community, the roadshow event will bring together the best of local sewing and celebrate with talks, demonstrations, workshops, an exhibition and music.

Learning simple techniques for textile repair is beneficial for both people and planet. It reduces textile waste, saves money and improves wellbeing by developing hand skills and everyday creativity.

The roadshow is open to everyone, family friendly, and sewing participation is encouraged (but not essential!).

No booking is required.  We look forward to seeing you there!


We need you! Come and work for us as a Peer Project Worker

We are looking for people with a lived experience of mental health to come and facilitate courses in our college on a sessional basis.

We will be advertising these posts in June. To find out more please book onto one of our find out what it is about online sessions on:

Tuesday 6th June 9.30-10.30am


Thursday 8th June 9.00-10.00am

please email us to book on:



Recovery & Wellbeing College Courses



Go Fish! (Beginners Course)

Magdale Dam, Honley, Huddersfield

Sunday 4th June 10am-1pm (8weeks)

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)

Last few places…

Mission to Mend: Creative Patches

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

Monday 5th June 1.00-3.00pm ( 1 week)

Join us for this wonderful workshop, which is part of our upcycling fashion series, where you will learn three different hand sewing stitches for creative embroidery.  During this session you will be able to enjoy creatively patching holes in sample fabrics to inspire your own visible mends with any damaged clothing at home. This workshop will give you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowing in a friendly and relaxed environment, alongside other beginners.  All fabric and sewing materials provided.

Mission to Mend: Creative Patches

Food & Household Budgeting

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

Tuesday 6th June 1-3pm (2 weeks)

Delivered by the ever lovely, Karl from The Richmond Fellowship, this brand new, two-week course looks at how we can make the most out of our money when doing our food shopping.  We will also learn ways to make our household budget go further.  During this friendly and informative session, we will share hints and tips to save energy and discover organisations who can provide support to anyone struggling with money issues.

Please note that due to funding this course is only available to learners from Kirklees

Food & Household Budgeting – Kirklees residents

Mindful Mandalas

Online – Microsoft Teams

Thursday 8th June 10.30am-12.00pm (4 weeks)

Come and join us on our online Mindful Mandala drawing course. No drawing experience is needed and all materials will be provided. 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 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 – Online

Write Time for Wellbeing taster

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

Monday 12th June 2023 10.30am – 12.30pm (1 week)

Come and join us for this one-off taster session which offers you a chance to try some of the techniques we use in our popular Write Time for Wellbeing course.

During the session we will be involved in a type of mindfulness, using writing to provide the space and time to reflect on our thoughts and feelings in the here and now. This can help boost mood, raise self-awareness and create feelings of calm and contentment, and provide tools we can use to cope better with the stresses and challenges we face in life. A longer Write Time for Wellbeing course is planned for the autumn, watch out for the dates if you enjoy this taster workshop!

Write Time for Wellbeing taster

Mindful Eating-Eating for Wellbeing

Outback Community Garden, Lightowler Road, HX1 5NB

Thursday 8th June 10.00am-12.00pm (1 week)

This friendly and relaxed taster session workshop will explore the links between food and mood and provide practical hints and tips about how you can eat well to feel well. It will be held in the relaxing Outback Garden, we hope that you can join in.

Mindful Eating-Eating for Wellbeing – Outback Garden


Macrame Making Taster

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

Monday 19th June 12.30-2.30pm

Macramé is a relaxing craft involving creating a series of knots in string or cord to create a beautiful, textured textile piece. Join us in this free and friendly workshop as we learn the basics of this traditional craft, and make your own piece of macramé to take home. All materials will be provided.

Please be aware that due to funding from Kirklees Success Centre priority will be given to learners living in Kirklees. 


Macrame Making Taster

Jewellery making taster

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

Wednesday 28th June 10.30am-12.30pm

Take time out for yourself and join us to make your own bespoke piece of jewellery, which you can take home after the session and show off to friends and family. In this free introductory workshop we will be learning some basic jewellery making techniques and exploring the cost effectiveness of making your own versus buying ready-made jewellery. All materials will be provided.

Please be aware that due to funding from Kirklees Success Centre priority will be given to learners living in Kirklees. 

Jewellery making taster


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: 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:

Free Wild Plant Walks

Join Growing Works free Wild Plant Walks to find out more about plants and have an enjoyable walk in 2 wonderful Huddersfield Parks.

Friday 2nd June 1.30 – 3.30pm is at Beaumont Park focusing on tree identification. Thursday 22nd June 6pm – 8pm is at Greenhead Park for a wellbeing walk and plant identification.

For more details or to book a place contact Rachel at


Carers week (5th-11th June)

Recognising and supporting carers in the community

Friday 9th June 2023 11am until 1pm

St Swithun’s Community Centre

(Arncliffe Road Wakefield WF1 4RR)

Celebrate the work of the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Carer champions who have gone above and beyond hosting events throughout the year utilising the therapeutic fund awarded from the Trust’s ‘caring for carers fund’ supported by NHS Charities Together and EyUp!.

Let’s thank our unpaid carers, Staff Carer Network, and Carer Champions in supporting the development of the newly launched staff carers awareness training and for providing valuable feedback at our many network meetings and for agreeing to be our critical friends.

Please see link here to book your ticket to the event  Recognising and Supporting Carers in the Community Event Tickets, Fri 9 Jun 2023 at 11:00 | Eventbrite

Registering your interest in attending our event using Eventbrite.

If you need help to access this event email:

Dewsbury Town Centre Planting Workshop

2nd June  10am-12pm  Huddersfield

We will be meeting outside Greggs on Foundry street in Dewsbury and will be working directly into the planters there, turning them into small dye gardens. Come and help us transform the empty planters! We will use a range of plants and learn about their colour properties, take away a free growing pack and some seeds so can continue planting beyond the workshop! This session is suitable for adults with a particular focus on inviting women and girls in the community to take part and explore the wellbeing benefits of gardening and textiles. More info and free tickets are available on Eventbrite:

Eventbrite -town-centre-planting-workshop


Foraging Walk for Natural Dyes

24th June  10am-12pm  Huddersfield

The exact starting point of this Huddersfield based session will be confirmed closer to the time, however good walking shoes are recommended as you may wander off the beaten track. As part of this guided walk, you can expect an educational journey, stopping along the way to learn, share and forage. More info and free tickets are available on Eventbrite:

Eventbrite- foraging-walk-for-natural-dyes

For more information about the Growing Colour Together project and a full list of events:



S2R: Your Health in Mind Dewsbury

Your Health in Mind is a project run by S2R, offering wellbeing activities and drop-ins to help you build social connections and confidence, taking place at different venues in Dewsbury.

This month, they’ve got drop-in sessions taking place at:

  • Thornhill Lees Community Centre on Thursday 30th May from 10am – 1pm.

For more information email


Upcoming courses from Richmond Fellowship:


29th May 1-3pm (2 weeks)

Offering practical advice and tips on  how to make large savings on your food shop and how to make sure that  your household bills don’t cost a fortune .

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

phone: 07909 993203  or email:

Home – Kirklees Employment Service

Speak Their Name – Kirklees Suicide and Bereavement Memorial Quilt Roadshow:

The Kirklees Suicide Memorial and Bereavement Quilt Roadshow is a travelling exhibition of memorial quilts made by family members and friends of those who have either died by suicide or due to other reasons. Each quilt is a unique and personal tribute, filled with memories and messages of love and hope. The roadshow aims to bring together people in Kirklees to share lived experiences, help reduce the stigma, encourage conversations and reduce isolation of those bereaved. It will be making stops at several venues in Kirklees, where you can drop-in for free, view the quilts and meet others affected by bereavement.

Ravensthorpe Community Centre, 24 Garden Street, Ravensthorpe

  • 10 June 11am – 2.30pm
  • 11 June 11am – 4pm
  • 12 June 10.30am – 4pm

Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield

  • 13 June 10.30am – 3pm
  • 14 June 11am – 3pm
  • 15 June 11am – 3pm

St James Church, St James Way, Rawthorpe, Huddersfield

  • 18 June 10am – 5pm

Al-Hikmah Centre, 28 Track Road, Batley

  • 19 June 10am – 6pm
  • 20 June 9am – 4.30pm

Huddersfield Sikh Temple, Prospect Street, Springwood, Huddersfield

  • 25 June 11am – 5pm

Meltham Carlile Institute, Huddersfield Road, Meltham

  • 26 June 10am – 5pm

Trinity Methodist Church, Community Rooms, Trinity Street, Mirfield

  • 27 June 12pm – 5pm

Jamia Masjid Ghausia Mosque, 73 Victoria Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield

  • 5 July 10am – 4.30pm

Dewsbury Library, Railway Street, Dewsbury

  • 6 July 10am – 7.30pm
  • 7 July 9.30am – 5pm


For more information: Speak Their Name Suicide Memorial Quilt Roadshow Tour Kirklees, Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield, June 13 2023 |


Community Conversations. Help prevent deaths by suicide

Leeds Mind are wanting to find out more about people’s experience of asking for help with their mental health

What worked for you? What didn’t? Was anything missing?

Answers will be anonymised and conversations will go into a report that will make recommendations for changes in care, to prevent death by suicide.

Conversations are 1 to 1 or in a group, hosted by volunteers.

Want to get involved?

Contact Arlie for more information on 07976921776 or


Cost of Living information:

We have added a new section to our resources page about where you can find help with the cost of living.

This is where you will find links to websites and workbooks that can provide help and advice with money, debt and staying warm.

Cost of Living Information – Calderdale and Kirklees

Join us on Facebook and Instagram here:



Have a great bank holiday weekend and enjoy the sunshine

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

 07717 867911

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