Keeping Connected and the Weekly Update

College News

May 30, 2024

Welcome to our weekly update. You can find June’s edition of our newsletter, Keeping Connected, here:

Keeping Connected June 2024

This coming week is national Volunteer Week and so we’d like to take this chance to say a massive ‘Thank you’ to all of you who give your time freely to help our College to thrive. Whether you are a volunteer or Friend of the College who co-facilitates courses, makes sure our offer is known about far and wide, or contributes to our newsletter and blogs, or whether you’re a learner who helps with the tidying away and washing up at the end of a course you’ve attended, we value every single one of you! All your contributions are hugely helpful and make a big difference to what we’re able to achieve. If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a Friend of the College or a volunteer please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk you through the different ways you can get involved.


Recovery & Wellbeing College courses:-

Click the icon below for details of all our upcoming courses:

Starting this week – BOOK NOW – don’t miss out!

Curious Motion Everybody Dance Taster Workshop

Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, Langdale Street, Elland, HX5 0JL

Monday 3rd June 1 – 2pm, 1 week

Elland Community Hub, Elland Community Hub, Huddersfield Road, Elland, HX5 9DW

Wednesday 5th June 6 – 7pm, 1 week

You are invited to come to a Everybody Dance taster workshop which will involve short movement activities, the sharing of a video of Curious Motion’s This Here Land from 2023, and time to ask questions and find out more. Sessions are open to all adults, regardless of dance experience or level. You will be supported by Curious Motion’s professional team of dance artists who are experienced at creating flexible, interactive, friendly, inclusive, welcoming and nurturing environments.

Curious Motion Everybody Dance Taster Workshop – Calderdale


The Golden Age of Hollywood: The Directors

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

Wednesday 5 June 2024 1pm – 3.45pm, 4 weeks

Join us as we head back in time to the early 20th Century and learn about the Golden Age of Hollywood!

On this popular four-week course, delivered by a couple of friendly and enthusiastic Recovery College volunteers and peppered with classic movie clips, we will learn about the influential directors in the early years of the movies. Learn about the famous, the infamous – and the less well-known – directors who helped to shape the world of cinema, such as Hitchcock, Hawkes, Curtiz, Wilder and Ford.

Golden Age of Hollywood: The Directors


Dare to Dream

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

Wednesday 5th June 10am – 1pm, 7 weeks

In this inspiring seven-week course will help you to consider the next steps in your own personal journey.  With the valuable support of the Facilitator, Jane, we will discover how to set our own individual goals, identify any barriers and learn how to overcome these.  We will work together to develop ways to achieve our ambitions, which may relate to employment, volunteering or learning opportunities.

Dare to Dream


Writing for Self-Expression


Friday 7 June 2024 10.00am – 11.30am, 4 weeks

Expressive writing is about self-expression. It helps us to think about our experiences and put our thoughts and feelings into words. In this welcoming course, we’ll take time to reflect and write in a safe, friendly and confidential atmosphere that fosters personal awareness and wellbeing.

These friendly, online sessions delivered by our partners at the Royal Literary Fund will be facilitated by a professional writer and one of our Peer Workers. Each week we’ll consider a short piece of published writing and talk together about the impact the words have on us. Writing prompts and exercises will be offered, encouraging us to write about our own experiences, thoughts and feelings.

Writing for Self-Expression – online


Coming up soon…

Is work good for anything other than earning a wage?

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

Monday 10th June 2 – 3.30pm, 1 week

When looking for a job or thinking of starting in – or returning to – the workplace, it’s easy to imagine that having more money in our back pocket is the only benefit to being employed. However, this brand-new workshop shows us that there are many benefits to being in gainful employment.

Is work good for anything other than earning a wage?

Nature Doodles

Everybody Arts, Halifax, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET

Thursday 13 June 2024 2.00 – 4pm, 6 weeks

Join us for this new six-week course that takes it’s inspiration from the natural world. We will experiment with creative mixed media techniques that will capture the hidden patterns found in nature, from leaves and sea urchins to the unseen beauty of microscopic imagery.

You don’t need any artistic experience to take part in this course and all resources will be provided. Everybody is welcome!

Nature Doodles


Tools to Soothe

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

Thursday 13 June 2024 12 – 3pm, 2 weeks

When facing challenges or difficulties in life, we don’t always know how to soothe or take care of ourselves effectively. Often, we can turn to unhelpful or destructive coping strategies.

In this two-week course, we will explore various soothing techniques and self-care skills to help us find calm during difficult times and help reduce feelings of distress.  Through group discussion and with the help and support of our friendly facilitators, Laura and Wendy we will share creative and useful self-care and self-soothe ideas in a safe and friendly setting, enabling us to share lived experiences, learn from each other and build our resilience.

Tools to Soothe


Creating Comic Strips

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

Thursday 13 June 2024 12.30-3pm, 6 weeks

Did you love comics as a child? Are you enjoying the new exciting popularity of old favourite comics being brought to life on the silver screen?  If so, why not learn a new skill and join our new Creating Comic Strips course? On this 6-week journey we will look at story boards, character design and developing stories.  You’ll get to see your very own comic strip come to completion!

This fun course will give you a great sense of fun, fulfilment and help to boost your confidence and self-esteem.  Don’t worry if you think you can’t draw, we will prove you wrong, everybody welcome, come join the fun!

Creating Comic Strips


Looking ahead to some brand new offers…

My Story: How to build a CV

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

Monday 17 June 2024 at 12pm – 3.30pm, 1 week

How do we make sure that our CV tells employers what they want to know in the most effective and quickest way? This workshop, kindly delivered by our friendly Peer Worker, Ash and Employment Specialist, Neil from South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Trust’s IPS team, provides a comprehensive breakdown of how to make sure your CV passes that first and most crucial test. Together we will discover the core features of a gold-standard CV that will help capture a recruiter’s eye and help us succeed in our job or volunteering application.

My Story: How to build a CV


What’s On?

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

Monday 8 July 2024 10am – 12pm, 1 week

Join us for this one-off workshop where we will discover more about other services, activities and groups beyond the Recovery & Wellbeing College, to help us reach our full potential and live well in our own communities.  Whether it’s the arts, leisure, recreation, physical activity, sport, education or volunteering opportunities or just something to keep the children entertained during the holidays, we will learn about organisations and services which relate to all of these topics – AND MUCH MORE.

What’s On?



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:

Carers Count – Upcoming events

A day out in Greenhead Park, 10th June, 11am to 3pm

Take a walk around the park. Take part in crafts. Enjoy a hand massage, have your nails painted, or give mindful movements a go!

For more information  call 0300 012 0231 email

Learning Disability Week – Trip to Eden ForestTues 18th June 1pm-3.30 pm. Minibus pickup Batley Train Station 11.30 am, Brian Jackson House Huddersfield- 12 noon

For more information  call 0300 012 0231 email


Kirkwood Memory Walk- 22nd June

22nd June, John Smith’s Stadium, 10pm

It’s a circular 6 or 10 mile walk around the streets of Huddersfield, setting off from 10pm. We all know the benefits for our mental and physical health of getting outside and going for a walk, which is why we want to encourage as many people as possible to sign up and take part in this year’s event. This year’s event, kindly supported by Syngenta, is set to be bigger and better than ever, with amazing entertainment and loads of activities for the family to enjoy as the clock ticks down to 10pm! Sign up today to receive your free T-shirt and a fabulous fundraising pack featuring lots of tips and tricks to help you raise funds to help The Kirkwood Support Life!

There is a brand new group rate, of signing up 10 or more people for £7.50 per person, walk as a group, with friends and colleagues, this includes a walker pack, T-shirt, walker number, finisher medal and breakfast butty. More details about the walk can be found here

If people are unable to participate in walking itself, we are also looking for volunteers to help deliver our most successful event yet. There are a number of roles that we are needing help with such as registration desk, start line marshals and medal handouts to name but a few of the roles available.

Click here to register as volunteer –    volunteer form

Facebook link – The Kirkwood Memory Walk 2024 | Facebook


Heads Up Programme for Men’s Mental Health

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

– Heads Up provides safe and welcoming space for men
– New group in Mirfield launched
– Weekly drop-in sessions at the Community Hub

Huddersfield Town ‘Heads Up’ programme


Creative Scene – Art in the Park

Join these 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:  18 June, 23 July


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

PLEASE NOTE:  Our correspondence address is:

Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College

Ravensleigh Resource Unit
28 Oxford Road
WF13 4LL

Please do not send any mail or correspondence to our old Pathways address or Mirfield Community Centre

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