Keeping Connected and the weekly update

Rachel Dunn

March 27, 2024

Welcome to our weekly update and monthly newsletter, Keeping Connected. We are very grateful to learner and ‘friend of the college’ Joy who has kindly shared her Recovery College journey with us – we hope you enjoy her story.

Please note that the College will be closed from Thursday 28 March and will re-open on Tuesday 2 April. We would like to wish everyone celebrating a Happy Easter.

Keeping Connected April 2024

Please remember that you are welcome to come and hear about our plans for courses in new venues across Kirklees at our ‘Pastures New’ event.  Details below:-

Pastures New: Plans for the future – Kirklees

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

Tuesday 9 April 2024 1pm – 3pm

We are growing and developing our college here in Kirklees! We know many of you, our learners are anxious about the closure of the Pathways site but want to reassure you that we have plans to continue running our courses across all of Kirklees.

This will be a chance to hear about our plans, meet our new staff members and ask questions. Find out what part you can play in helping us continue the success of the College and how these new changes will affect you.

Our college is not made of bricks and mortar but of the people within it.

This session will be held in the large meeting space in the Pathways building

Pastures New: Plans for the future – Kirklees

Please book on to this event in the usual way you would book onto a course and we will send you reminders!

Recovery & Wellbeing College courses:-

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Creative Wellbeing Walks (Calderdale)

Come along and join friendly facilitators, Jess & Mick as we head out and enjoy the great outdoors for a walk in beautiful tranquil settings across Calderdale. Supported by Creative Minds, these sessions will also provide the opportunity to try some creative activities during the walks including, arts and crafts, photography and creative writing. So, please join us on this wellbeing adventure and learn some new ways to give your mood a boost. There will be four walks in different locations across Calderdale over consecutive weeks, you can book on as many (or as few) as you like!

Please note that all the walks are designed to be gentle in nature and suitable for beginners with breaks for creative activities. Please bring a packed lunch and wear appropriate clothing and footwear according to the weather.

To read about a previous learners experience on these creative wellbeing walks click here: Wellbeing Walks: a beacon of hope – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (

Creative Wellbeing Walks (Calderdale)

Song Writing!

Mirfield Community Centre, Water Royd Lane, Mirfield, WF14 9SG

Tuesday 9 April 2024 10am – 12pm for 6 weeks

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 fabulous course, delivered by Jess from Creative Minds and RWC volunteer, Nick 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!

Gel Printing

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

Wednesday  17 April 10.30am-1pm

Everybody Arts (formerly Artworks), Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET

Thursday 18 April 12.30pm-3pm

Join us for this fantastic one-off workshop and discover the basic techniques of gel printing. Alongside, our friendly Peer Project Worker, James, we will experiment with layered and mono printing methods using a gel plate to create our own unique print. No previous experience is necessary and all materials are provided.

Gel Printing – Calderdale and Kirklees

Find out about the Recovery College in Kirklees

Howlands Centre, School Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1LD – Tuesday 23 April 2024 at 10.30am – 12pm

Connect Housing – Thrive, 21 Bond Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1AX – Tuesday 23 April 2024 at 1.30pm – 3pm

Come and join us and discover more about the Recovery & Wellbeing College in Kirklees. Hear about our planned courses in local venues in Dewsbury (and beyond) designed to support your wellbeing. Our courses are free and open to anyone aged 18 plus. Our courses are designed and delivered by people with a lived experience of a mental or physical health issue supported by professionals. Feel free to ask our friendly facilitators questions and learn how to enrol and access our courses. While there is no need to enrol for this particular session, places are limited so please call or email us to book your place.

Telephone: 07717867911 email:

For all our other courses, if you are already enrolled with the college, please email us to request a place on your chosen course/s at: 

or call us on: 07717 867911 or use your learner portal

Please wait for confirmation that you are booked onto a course before attending

If you are new to the College please enrol here


Other Community Offers:


Heads Up Programme for Men’s Mental Health

Foundation launches new group to fight stigma and support men’s mental health

– Heads Up provides safe and welcoming space for men
– Huddersfield Town Foundation launches new group in Mirfield
– Weekly drop-in sessions also available at the Community Hub from Wednesday 10 April

Huddersfield Town ‘Heads Up’ programme


PeerTalk offers free peer support groups for adults experiencing anxiety, depression and/or similar distress. Two of our groups run in Batley and Huddersfield.

In Batley, the group meets every Wednesday morning, 11am – 12.30pm at Jo Cox House 90 Commercial Street, Batley, WF17 5DS. For a flyer, click here.

In Huddersfield, the group meets every Thursday evening, 7.30 – 9pm in the Lounge at The Lounge, St Paul’s Methodist Church, Wakefield Road, Dalton, Huddersfield, HD5 8DE. For a flyer, click here.

The volunteer-led groups take place weekly, and are a safe and confidential space for people with lived experience to share and support one another. There are no bookings or referrals necessary, attendees are more than welcome to just show up.

Creative Scene – Art in the Park

Join our friendly, creative Tuesdays to explore the benefits of both art and nature at Earlsheaton Park. We will use our natural surroundings as a starting point for a range of creative art projects.  For both beginners and experienced creators alike. Work with local, professional artist Rachael Gorton whose work investigates connections with nature and wellbeing. Come along to as many sessions as you like but places are limited, so please book by emailing:

Sessions for adults run on Tuesdays from 12.30pm – 2.30pm on the following dates: 16 April, 14 May, 18 June, 23 July

Long-COVID: Recover Together Programme – Calderdale

Do you have after effects of Covid, also known as Long COVID, such as breathlessness, tiredness, aching muscles, or brain fog? If so, you may be eligible for our new Long-COVID: Recover Together physical activity sessions.

The programme consists of 8 weekly sessions held at a community venue. Each session will focus on:
• gentle exercise
• an education/peer support element to discuss the condition
• ways to self-manage symptoms
• signposting to relevant services.
We will support you to exercise at your own pace and learn how to work with your body, so that by the end of the programme you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to continue exercising in whatever way you want!

To register your interest, or find out more, please contact or call 0784 1 792177.


Coming up soon in Calderdale in April

2024 Anne Lister Birthday Festival

Monday 1st – 8th April

Full details available at along with how and where to book tickets for the events. Some events are free: for others there will be a charge. Includes exhibitions, walks, talks by local historians, guided heritage walks, and more. If you enjoyed the Gentleman Jack TV series, this is a must for you. You can read about Anne Lister here:


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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We hope you have a great weekend

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

 07717 867911

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