Keeping Connected and the Weekly Update

College News

June 30, 2023

Welcome to Keeping Connected and the weekly update. It is great to make connections with people and we love it when those connections blossom into friendships and life opportunities. Do click on the link for Keeping Connected below to read about how Ali made a connection with us at the College that changed her life!

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!

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


Keeping Connected July 2023 PDF


Date for your diary – free event:


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:


Recovery & Wellbeing College Courses


Please note we only advertise courses that are new or have spaces below. Please go to our course page on our website for a full listing of our courses.


Introduction to Marbling

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

Wednesday 5th July 10.00am-12.00pm (1 week)

Join us for this exciting introduction to marbling with Deby from Kirklees Success Centre. Marbling involves floating ink or paint on water to create a pattern. A sheet of paper is then carefully placed on the paint and the pattern transfers to the paper. In this one-off taster session, we’ll be trying out this very simple, yet satisfying way to create a marbled, mixed colour design which can then be transferred onto a range of different surfaces.  This taster session is suitable for all abilities, and all materials will be provided.

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

Introduction to Marbling

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Monday Funday

Recovery & Wellbeing College, Mirfield 

Monday 3rd July, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

With the summer holidays almost upon us, we think that now is the perfect time to have some fun!  During this one-off INTERACTIVE workshop we will, as a group, play some games just for the sheer enjoyment of it. This session will give you the chance to let your hair down and have a laugh in a safe and informal setting, giving your mood a boost and allowing you to put your everyday worries aside – at least for a couple of hours!

Monday Funday


Golden Age of Hollywood: Stars of the Silver Screen

Recovery & Wellbeing College, Mirfield 

Wednesday 5th July, 1.00pm – 3.30pm (4 weeks)

Come and join us for the latest instalment of this ever-popular course, where you will be taken back in time to the early 20th Century to learn about the Golden Age of Hollywood!

You will see many famous movie clips containing the biggest stars of the silver screen, such as Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth and Humphrey Bogart to name but a few.  You will learn how these superstars were controlled by the big powerful Studios, including MGM, Paramount, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox and how they were able to make or break the actors careers, should the stars step out of line!

Delivered by two of our fab volunteers who have a huge passion for this subject, this fun four-week course provides the chance to learn, relax and escape from the stresses and strains of daily life.

Golden Age of Hollywood: Stars of the Silver Screen


Managing OCD


Tuesday 11th July, 12.30pm – 2.30pm (1 week)

This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of OCD, how OCD affects you and most importantly what you can do to manage it. The session will introduce proven, self-help techniques to teach you the skills to manage your own symptoms and become your own therapist. Delivered by our partners in Kirklees Talking Therapies service, this learning seminar will be facilitated by two friendly psychological wellbeing practitioners.

Managing OCD


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: 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: 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


Free Rhythm Stick Drumming Sessions

Rhythm Stick is offering free group drumming sessions for all adults and children with special needs. These sessions are loud and very hands on!

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th July at 1.30pm
Sensory World, Old Westgate, Dewsbury, WF13 1NB

Call Sensory World to book your place. Tel: 07801 065589


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.

Ways to Wellbeing

The Branch at The Jubilee Centre, Huddersfield

7th July 1-3pm

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

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




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.

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 |


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

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Have a great weekend!


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

 07717 867911

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