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Keeping Connected and Weekly Update 28 October 2022

Rachel Dunn

October 26, 2022

Keeping Connected & the Weekly Update

Welcome to this month’s edition of Keeping Connected November (PDF, 1 MB)and the weekly update.

As quickly as our courses are filling up, we are working as fast as possible to put even more courses on offer.  Our website is regularly updated with new workshops and courses which will be available in the next few weeks and into the New Year, so keep your eyes peeled! Our courses are designed to help you learn how to stay well but also to grow, develop and regain forgotten skills and talents; to recover a life worth living.  So don’t dilly dally and get in touch now to book a place on your chosen course (subject to availability!)

Last chance to book on….

Knitting for Wellbeing

Thursday 3rd November at 10am – 12pm (5 Weeks)

Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Mirfield

Did you know that knitting can reduce depression and anxiety, boost feelings of wellbeing and help you to cope with pain?  These are just a few of the many benefits to this wonderful activity.  This course, kindly delivered by Kirklees Success Centre is suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, so come along and have some creative fun on this practical five week course.  Yarn and knitting needles will be provided.

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

Knitting for Wellbeing Face to face Mirfield

Spaces still available….

Dyslexia Awareness

Thursday 10 November at 10.30am – 12.30pm (Online)

This informal one-off dyslexia awareness session, offered in partnership with Managing Dyslexia & Wakefield Recovery College, aims to provide learners with a better understanding of what dyslexia means, help them to recognise the signs and offer support.

Dyslexia Awareness – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (calderdalekirkleesrc.nhs.uk)

Autism Awareness

Thursday 24 November at 1pm – 2.30pm (Online)

This one-off workshop looks at the life and experiences of someone living with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum and the fascinating insight of others looking outside in. Throughout the session we will explore the characteristics of Autism and the various ways that it may affect an individual.  We will discuss some of the myths surrounding this diagnosis and what to do if you suspect Autism in yourself of someone else.  There will be the opportunity to ask the Facilitators questions and they will provide an overview of the strategies that may help those with Autism or those supporting them.  You will also receive information on local and national support networks to access further help.

Autism Awareness – Online MST

Brand New Courses….

Wellbeing Workshop

Tuesday 22 November at 10am – 12pm

VSi Alliance, Halifax 

This one-off workshop will explore what wellbeing is and will look at ways that you can look after your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you. It will include mindfulness activities and aims to help you to develop some cost-effective wellbeing tools. The session will be co-delivered by one of our Peer Supporters which will give you the opportunity to gain an insight into the importance of maintaining your wellbeing, from someone who has used various tools to look after their own wellbeing.

Wellbeing Workshop – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (calderdalekirkleesrc.nhs.uk)


Kayaking Winter Paddle

Various dates throughout November & December

Calder & Hebble Navigation, Sowerby Bridge, Calderdale

Thanks to the success of the Kayak Taster sessions that have been running this year with our partners, Blackdog Outdoors, we are now offering ‘one-off’ Winter Paddle sessions. These are available to any of our learners who have attended a Kayak Taster session this year.


Kayaking-Winter Paddle – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (calderdalekirkleesrc.nhs.uk)


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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: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk

Telephone: 07717867911

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.


Other offers from Community Organisations:

WEA – Free Course in Adult Social Care

The WEA are the largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in the UK.  They have recently started an initiative to offer more accredited courses, to help learners progress further in education, and in employment. Among these courses, is a free online programme in Adult Social Care to help people develop the skills they need to work in the industry.

For more information, please click on the link to the course here: https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2022/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C3534019

Or for more info email: wyskills@wea.org.uk

The Richmond Fellowship – Volunteer Training

On Monday 31 October at 1pm – 3pm at the Media Centre in Huddersfield

Volunteer Training

Are you an active volunteer or considering becoming one?  If so this two week workshop could be for you!  It will cover all aspects of volunteering including the essential skills of assertiveness, confidentiality, communication, boundaries, dealing with challenging behaviour and awareness of mental health issues.

For more information or to book on email: Karl.Jackson-Lander@RichmondFellowship.org.uk

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We hope you have a great weekend.

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team






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