Keeping Connected and the weekly update

College News

July 29, 2021

Welcome to Keeping Connected and the weekly update! Here you can find some information on courses up and coming as well as some useful and interesting community opportunities.

Please read our fabulous newsletter Keeping Connected which includes reflections on the Wellbeing Toolkit course:


As many of you will be aware Rachel Hale left us at the beginning of the month. We are pleased to announce that Sarah, our Peer Project Support worker is now covering Rachel’s post as Calderdale Coordinator for 6 months.  Welcome Sarah! You we will be hearing more from Sarah over the coming weeks.

Covid restrictions and guidance at the College

All face-to-face courses will follow a set of procedures following a recent risk assessment which will include social distancing, the wearing of face masks and other hygiene measures. On entry to the building, we will give you a warm welcome, ask a few questions, take your temperature and inform you how to stay safe during the session.

Please read here for further information: Principal Letter – Covid Restrictions


Please click the link below to view all our courses. We have a lot now on there with many starting in September – don’t delay!

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Up and coming courses


Games in the Park (round 2)

Following on from the success of this course we are pleased to offer a second course of Games in the Park.

This 4 week course will consist of various weekly outdoor games and activities such as croquet. Each week you will try something new, play a different game and most importantly have some fun. The course will be a great way for you to get out of the house, meet others, learn new skills and build your confidence.

Everyone is welcome, activities will be suitable for all levels and abilities. Please note Safety guidelines and social distancing will be in place. We expect the course to be very popular so we encourage you to enrol early.

Starts: Thursday 19 August 11am – 12.30pm 4 weeks

Walkie-Talkie (Halifax)


Owing to the recent success of the daytime Walkie Talkie course, we will be running it again in the evening.

This is an all ability walking group that will give you opportunity to get out and about and start to meet others again. It is a fantastic way for you to get some fresh air, meet others, destress after a long day, relax for the evening, build your confidence…and you may even find interesting places that you didn’t know existed! Walks will initially be short in length, starting from Halifax town centre and very gradually increase in length, dependent on needs and interests. All walks will adhere to current safety precautions and guidelines – but that won’t stop us having some fun along the way.

Starts: Wednesday 18 August 5.30pm  –7.30pm 4 weeks

Walkie-Talkie (Halifax)

Managing Anxiety

This 2 hour workshop aims to help you understand anxiety, how it affects you and how you can start to take control of it. Designed and facilitated by colleagues from Kirklees Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service alongside a Recovery College volunteer with lived experience of anxiety, the workshop provides tips and techniques for coping with anxiety, challenging anxious thoughts and reducing worry.

Starts: Friday 13 August 10am –12pm 1 weeks

Managing Anxiety

Recognising Burnout


Join us in this workshop to discover what the term ‘burnout’ means.  You will explore different factors relating to burnout and the signs and symptoms that are commonly associated with it. You will begin to understand ways to avoid burning out and learn practical coping strategies to maintain a healthy work life balance.

This course is being provided by the Wakefield Recovery College but you are still welcome to book on. To enrol with the Wakefield Recovery College please click here or for more information please call 01924 316946

Starts: ThursdayAugust 10.30am-12.30pm 1 week


Recognising Burnout Wakefield RWC

Mindfulness 8 Weeks

Mindfulness is a life skill we can all learn. It involves the ability to become aware of what is happening in the present moment, rather than
being on automatic pilot, without worrying or judging. Being mindful provides us with the opportunity to respond to difficult events and situations in new ways. This 8 week online course using MS Teams, looks at the origins of mindfulness, core practices and its potential to be used to combat stress. Together, we will explore the various tools and techniques used, to gain a better understanding of mindfulness and
its purpose.

This course is open for all Calderdale and Kirklees learners.

Mindfulness – 8 week course – online

Starts: Tuesday 7 September 2021 at 11am – 12pm

Last chance to book on….


Accepting Change

Change is a necessary and inevitable part of our daily lives.  How we view and respond to these changes has a direct link to our emotional resilience.  The way we deal with each change we face will be different, dependent on size, frequency and impact with lots of factors, including our health and wellbeing influencing how we approach it.

Join us on this short course as we explore change, how we respond to it, the reasons why we can resist it and what makes change easier and more positive.

A workbook will be emailed to you along with joining instructions. Let us know if you would like one sending through the post.

This course is being provided by Wakefield Recovery College however you are still welcome to join this course. To enrol please click here or call 01924 316946

Starts: Wednesday 4 August 1-3pm  2 week

Accepting Change Wakefield RWC


To book a place on a course or to find out more please contact us or visit:


Other initiatives from local organisations:


Night Owls……

is a confidential support line for children and young people in crisis. Helping them, their parents and carers living in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield

Night OWLS can help you if you…

Feel you have nowhere to turn; Feel you can’t go on living; Are in a crisis;
Are finding it hard to cope with life; Are feeling angry, lonely, anxious or depressed

Available 8pm – 8am for children, young people, parents and carers

Call this number for free: 0300 2003900

Text us on: 07984 392700

Chat to us on:

Batley Carers Wellbeing Group (starting 5 August)

This group meets every 1st Thursday morning 10am-12pm of each month  for carers 18 and over who are caring
for someone with: Learning disabilities, Mental Health illness, Physical illness or disability, Sensory impairment, Dementia.

Jo Cox House, 90 Commercial Street, Batley, WF17 5DS.


Birstall Carers Wellbeing Group (starting 12 August)

This group will continue every 2nd Thursday morning of each month at the same time for carers 18 and over who are caring
for someone with: Learning disabilities, Mental Health illness, Physical illness or disability, Sensory impairment, Dementia.


If you would like to attend either group please contact Carers Count:

Phone: 03000120231


Carers Count Kirklees Website


Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression study (GLAD)

GLAD aims to investigate genetic risk factors in individuals who have been treated for, or been diagnosed with, depression and/or anxiety. Participants will sign up to an online platform through the GLAD website:

or contact to find out more.


And Finally….


The Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind project in August…

This month we’ll be running Pop-up Shops where you can learn to make your very own Wild Dewsberry in Earlsheaton Park on Wednesday 11th August and at Dewsbury Market on Tuesday 24th August. Or why not join us for a Bushcraft Workshop at Chickenley Community Centre Garden on Wednesday 18th August and learn how to light a fire and try your hand at whittling and other campfire crafts.

Take a look at our latest Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind Schedule below and email: or call/text 07895 510 433 to book your place on a session.

Find lots more FREE outdoors and wellbeing sessions, creative online workshops and Zoom and Facebook classes in our August schedule…

S2R Create Space


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Stay safe, reach out and have a great weekend


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

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