The Weekly Update

College News

May 12, 2022

Welcome to the weekly update. As usual we have a collective mix of courses for you from dealing with menopause to kayaking! Mirfield Library have some great offers including a one women show exploring the theme of dementia on Monday 16th May. There is more support for people with dementia and their carers provided by Hoot’s Breathing Space project. Please read on to find out more and to book on!

Covid restrictions – now changed and relaxed at the College

If you attend a face to face course inside a building:

  • We will provide you with a face mask to wear around the building
  • You will no longer need to wear a mask once you are seated, but as as always the choice is yours!
  • We will check your temperature
  • We will ask you some questions about contact with others and whether you have any symptoms
  • Please bring your own refreshments and drinks

Lastly, please don’t forget we always give a warm welcome and are looking forward to seeing you in person!


C & K Recovery and Wellbeing College courses

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Values, Goals and Your Wellbeing

Thursday 16 June 10am-12pm (4 Weeks)

Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College 

What do you want out of life? How far do your own values lie behind the choices you make?

These are important questions that many of us rarely give much thought to. Thinking about our values can help us to move forward when we’re feeling stuck, at those ‘restart moments’ in life, or when we’re seeking a path to enhance our wellbeing.

Over four weeks, we will engage in discussion with others, and use practical tools and fun activities to identify our personal values, and use them to guide us in setting achievable goals.

Values, Goals and Your Wellbeing – face to face


Kayaking Taster Sessions (extra dates now available)

Thursday 9 June10.45am-13.30pm – (1 week)

Thursday 23 June10.45am-13.30pm – (1 week)

Thursday 30 June10.45am-13.30pm – (1 week)

Our partners Blackdog Outdoors are running Kayaking Taster Sessions on the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal.

During the taster session you will be introduced to Kayaking, and you will learn some basic paddling skills from a fully qualified instructor. You will then take a leisurely paddle down the canal, with the rest of the group and the instructors. This stretch of the canal is beautiful, passing through open countryside and parts of our industrial heritage, with regular sightings of moor hens, swans, geese, and other wildlife. These sessions are a great opportunity to try something new, see some interesting sights and have some fun!

Suitable for all fitness levels and abilities.

Kayaking Taster Sessions – Calderdale


Grow Well-Gardening for Wellbeing

Wednesday 18th May 10am-1pm (5 weeks)

Our partners Halifax Opportunities Trust are offering a free five week Grow Well-Gardening for Wellbeing course at the Outback Garden, Halifax. Grow Well sessions will provide the opportunity to be outdoors, connect with nature, learn new gardening skills, build confidence and meet new people in a beautiful and peaceful community garden. Facilitated by Louise from Serenity Wellbeing Gardens, everyone will be made to feel welcome, comfortable and at ease.

Grow Well-Gardening for Wellbeing


The M Word: Menopause Awareness

Wednesday 25th May 11am-12.30pm

This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of the menopause; the symptoms, how it may affect you and, most importantly what you can do to manage it.  During this one-off online workshop, delivered by a qualified Health & Wellbeing Practitioner and in partnership with Henpicked, we will discuss the perimenopause, post menopause and everything in between to help you on your own unique journey during this stage of life. Information will also be shared about how and where you can access support.  This session is open to people of all genders to enable better understanding of the menopause and how to support those going through it.

This course is available to learners from Calderdale and Kirklees

The M Word: Menopause Awareness -online


A plan for living well (wellness planning)

Thursday 26th May 1.30-3.30 pm (pre-group meeting – 1 week)

Thursday 9th June 1.30pm-4pm (10 weeks finishing 8th August)

Mirfield Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College site

Come and join us to develop your very own wellness plan. This course puts you into the driving seat of your life, where you can explore how to stay well. This course is co- facilitated by people with a lived experience of mental health whose lives have been transformed by developing their own wellness plan.

We look at several areas that include what a wellness tool is, what you need to do each day, how to recognise and what to do when you start to become unwell and how to cope in a crisis and much more. You need to be able to challenge yourself and work alongside others as well as to commit to attend all 10 sessions.

Please attend the pre-group session to confirm a place and to make sure this course is right for you.

A plan for living well (wellness planning) in person

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


Free climbing courses from our partner ROKT…

Our partners, ROKT Climbing Gym, are launching more free climbing courses for our Calderdale and Kirklees Learners. Don’t be put off if you have never been climbing before as ROKT climbing courses are suited to beginners. You will have a trained and experienced instructor with you to make sure you are safe and you’ll be part of a group.

In addition to bouldering and climbing, you will also get the chance to try yoga and mindfulness and challenge your mental agility and problem solving skills in one of the ROKT ‘Escape Rooms’.

Did you know climbing is good for your mental and physical health and it is fun as well!

Tuesday Evening 6pm-7.30pm OR Wednesday Evening 6:30pm-8pm

To register your interest please see the details on our website:

ROKT Climbing – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (


Other initiatives from local organisations:

I Don’t Know What I’m Supposed To Be Doing –  (by Emma Decent)

Monday 16th May 2pm

Mirfield Library

This one woman show is a fresh, frank and funny autobiographical tale about Emma’s radical, brilliant librarian mother. A funny, moving and inspiring tale about love, ageing and growing up.

To book call: 01484414868


Creative Writing for Well-Being Workshop

Thursday 26th May 10.30am-12.30pm

Mirfield Library

The workshop aims to guide participants through a number of creative writing exercises, which are designed to calm the mind and increase feelings of well-being. This is a free, stand-alone workshop for any Kirklees resident of aged 19+ years.
No previous experience needed. Technique is unimportant. Non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere. You never have to read out anything you have written. There is no right way, only the ‘Write’ way.

For more info

email: or call 01484 234153


Arts for dementia

Breathing Space is a free programme of creative activities for people living with memory concerns, or the early stages of dementia. It is also for Carers and family members. It’s a great way for people to enjoy an activity together and meet other people in a similar situation.
Activities run weekly through the year in Huddersfield and Batley. You can sign up to join in at any time.
Check the dates for upcoming activities at:

Email:  or call 01484 516224

Art for Wellbeing

If you are creative, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced artist, join Kirklees College in a series of free workshops that will help with your mental health or simply develop your skills. You will be shown a variety of techniques to drawing and painting, print making, glass and textiles. These will help build your repertoire and knowledge of art through practical workshop activities and you’ll get the chance to meet like-minded creatives.

Globe Arts – Slaithwaite (10 weeks) starting 27th May

Pioneer Higher Skills Centre – Dewsbury (7 weeks) starting 29th April

Fir more info and to enrol contact:

01484 842887

Globe Arts Studio Carr Lane Slaithwaite HD7 5AG

Cycle for health…

… is a 12-week package of support to develop bike riding skills, confidence and fitness through cycle training and led bike rides. Cycle for Health is designed specifically for adults with poor mental or physical health. It is run as a two hour session once a week for 12 weeks. Group size is maximum 12 people and we provide bikes and helmets. Experienced cycle instructors and ride leaders accommodate health issues and participants progress at a pace that suits the group.

Cycle for Health is for people:
• With poor mental or physical health
• Not doing regular exercise
• 18 years or older
• Who can ride a bike for a short distance – even if that hasn’t been for many years

Start Date: Saturday 21st May 2-4pm

Venue: Springs Hall Athletics Track, 2 Huddersfield Road, Halifax, HX3 0AA

Contact the project team at Cycling UK for more information Tel:  01483 904562

Email to enrol:


Get Set Goal – Helping you to achieve your wellbeing goals

This is a free service delivered by health care students from the University of Huddersfield. The students are supervised by registered health care professionals. We offer a series of online appointments, of up to 45 minutes each, typically over a 4–6-week period,
focussing on improving your general health and wellbeing.

This service is for members of the public (18+ years of age) who would like support in making positive changes to their lifestyle.

We are currently offering virtual/online and telephone sessions only. There are plans to offer face-to-face sessions soon.

For more information or to book an appointment, please email
Appointments will generally be offered Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 15:00 (excluding Bank Holidays)


Richmond fellowship online workshops:

Open to everyone aged 18 or over who lives in Kirklees and experiences mental health issues, problems or concerns.

COPING WITH COVID – 2 week workshop starting on the 23rd June 1-3pm offers practical advice and tips on ways to maintain mental wellbeing.

For more information or to book a place please contact:

Karl Jackson-Lander: 07909 993203


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The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


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