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March 18, 2021

Welcome to Keeping Connected and the weekly update. Here you can find out what is on offer from our College and other community organisations as well as some other useful information and inspiring articles!



 On Tuesday 23rd March: Our Volunteers with the Mental Health Museum are launching –  “Discover 2020: Pandemic Stories”

2020 will be a year forever remembered for a Pandemic that changed the world, that challenged the mental health and wellbeing of us all.  This terrible virus caused our country to be placed in lockdown and life as we knew it came to a stop.  The Discover 2020 project has recorded personal stories of those who experience mental health distress, living in lockdown to create an archive of experience for future generations.  Being able to see life through their eyes, means we can learn from these personal stories to shape and improve mental health services in the future.

For a sneaky peak of the archive before the big launch on March 23rd and to find out more click here:

You might recognise one or two voices! Look out on our social media over the next few weeks for more teasers!


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Up and coming courses:

Yoga. Research has shown that a regular yoga practice can help produce feelings of calm and relaxation. It can help us in managing our mental and physical health.

We are excited that the Recovery and Wellbeing College can offer a 4-week online Yoga course with experienced Yogi Carla Daly.

The session will include meditation, breathing practice and a physical movement. These can be done either sitting on the floor or a chair, standing and lying on a mat. We appreciate it can be a little scary trying something new or unfamiliar. Carla will have this in mind throughout the course. You will be left leaving each session, relaxed and refreshed in mind, body and soul!

Starts: Thursday 22 April 10:15 – 11:30am for 4 weeks

Online Yoga


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.

Starts: Tuesday 13 April 11am-12pm for 8 weeks

Mindfulness – 8 week course


Get Animated

Learn the art of visual storytelling through engaging, practical demonstrations and discussions. Over 8 weeks we will look at animation styles, character design and explore visual communication. The course aims to introduce you to different animation styles and techniques with a blended approach to both delivery of the content and reference material. Providing you with a foundation of creative skills to expand your personal art language underpins each session.


Starts: Thursday 6 May 1230-230pm

 Get Animated

Quiet the Mind: The Practice of Meditation

Are you always on the go; continually having somewhere to be and something to do? Do you struggle to switch off and give your brain a well deserved break? If so, this might be the course for you. This interesting introduction to meditation will, over four consecutive weeks, teach you some of the history and facts about meditation, the reasons to meditate and how this practice can help us to live in the present moment and experience comfort and stillness. You will learn how to meditate using a variety of techniques and as a group will discuss “The Power Of Now”.

You will receive a printed workbook, accompanying reading around Meditation practice and access to the weekly MS Teams meeting.

Starts: Tuesday 4 May 1.30-3pm for 4 weeks

Quiet the Mind: The Practice of Meditation

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


Courses from other organisations:

Upcoming courses from Richmond Fellowship

Stress Management – April

Mood and Food -April

Confidence to Work – May

Volunteer Training Taster – June

Assertiveness and Communication – June

Request more information and self-refer here:


Huddersfield Literature festival launches its online Festival
this week and there is a lockdown poems event to commemorate the anniversary of the first lockdown on 23 March:


ChaiCup productions presents…

 CORONA – Umeed naa khona! (CORONA – Don’t lose hope!)

Saturday 20 March

7pm—7:30pm: Play

7:30pm—8pm: Q&A session

A bilingual play in Urdu and English about the impact of the pandemic on a South Asian family when one of its members gets Covid-19. Followed by a question and answer session with our expert panellists:

  • Dr Harsh Duggal, Consultant in Public Health
  • Dr Uzma Qureshi, Bradford based GP
  • Mufti Zubair Butt – Muslim scholar and NHS Chaplain

If you have any questions or to book a place please contact Mansoora Aftab by Thursday 18 March.

Email or call 07810 153087


Good Footing: Step Forward

1-2-1 Wellbeing Walks now available in the Colne Valley

If you’re struggling with isolation, your mental health or just need to get moving more?

Why not sign up to Good Footing’s 6 week walking for wellbeing programme

Click here for more details



Please don’t forget to join in the chatter on Facebook and Instagram:

C & K Recovery & Wellbeing College | Facebook


Take care, stay safe and reach out


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


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