The Weekly Update

College News

July 8, 2022

Welcome to the weekly update. We still have spaces for a number of courses. Recommended to you is Lifting Your Spirits. With some excellent feedback from our learners. This course explores 7 tools to support your wellbeing including creativity and fun! For that and more read on!


Listen to Daniel and his story of recovery and hope

It’s nice to be able to have the opportunity to do this and share my  experience of the Recovery College and what impact  it’s had on my life because it’s literally changed  the direction of my life and how I view myself and feel about myself…I’m very grateful for it and I’d just like to share my experiences. ” Daniel

You can listen to a podcast with Daniel in a conversation with our Principal (Matt)) here:

YouTube – Daniel’s story

Spotify – Daniel’s story

Covid restrictions have changed again

You are probably aware that the rates of Covid infections are high at the moment. With this in mind we have been asked to put some extra precautions in place.

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

  • You will need to wear a mask until seated or when moving around the building
  • You are free to remove your mask once seated but as as always the choice is yours!
  • We will ask you some questions about contact with others and whether you have any symptoms
  • Please tell us if you are vulnerable to Covid infections or have anxieties. We will support you with extra precautions and help with managing your safety
  • Please bring your own refreshments and drinks

We always give a warm welcome and are looking forward to seeing you in person!

We are a bit short handed at the moment

Please bear with us over the next few weeks. We are currently suffering from a shortage of admin workers! We’ll do our best to respond to any booking requests and enquires but we may be a little delayed in doing so!

You can help by:

  • not enrolling again with us if you have attended a course in the last 2 years – just email or call to book onto a course
  • attending courses you have booked onto
  • getting in touch if you can’t attend a session in advance
  • keeping us informed of any changes in your contact details and provide the correct email address
  • emailing us where possible
  • calling our main mobile number only on:  07717867911

If you can help us we can help you even more!


Please check before you travel!

Unite union are still in dispute over pay with Arriva buses. Whilst the strike had been suspended this week it is not clear whether further strike action will continue.

For updates on the Strike action please go to Arriva’s website:—updated

This could affect anyone using the 202 and 203 buses that come to Mirfield. The train services are operating as usual next week. Mirfield railway station is a 10-15 minute walk to our building in Mirfield and trains run regularly from Huddersfield.

Find out train times here:

C & K Recovery and Wellbeing College courses


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Go Fish!

Wednesday 13th July 5.30-8pm (8 Weeks)

Magdale Dam

Fishing is a fun, social and inclusive activity that has proven health benefits.  This free 8-week angling course gives learners the opportunity to escape the daily demands of life by being in nature, away from the world of technology and the opportunity to learn a new skill.  Participants will discover the techniques and equipment most commonly used in the pursuit of freshwater fish.  Delivered by a social enterprise that specialises in outdoor activities, Eden Forest CIC will introduce you to a sport that may transform your life!   This course is suitable for beginners.

This is open to learners from Kirklees and Calderdale

Go Fish! – Magdale Dam

Wellbeing Toolkit

Coming soon!

Hope street Resource Centre

This 5-week course is designed to help you recognise the importance of practicing self-care, finding balance in your life and discovering your own personal wellness tools to help you live life well.  During the course we will look at positive and negative thoughts and their impact.  We will discuss simple tools and strategies to help you deal with the highs and lows of life. Throughout the course you will develop a personal wellbeing toolkit, by the end of the course you will be armed with your own unique wellness activities and tools.

Wellbeing Toolkit – Hope Street

Kayaking Taster Session

Wednesday 4th August 10.45am-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

Lifting your spirits: Enhancing inner strength & wellbeing

Thursday 14th July 2-4pm (3 weeks) Online

The course, provides you with the opportunity to explore, experience and develop 7 spiritual tools (meditation, visualisation, appreciation, listening, play, creativity, and reflection) to inner strength and wellbeing, in a safe and relaxed setting by a trained and experienced tutor. You will be able to learn how to access inner resources that can sustain you through difficult and challenging times.

This course, delivered by Pastoral and Spiritual Care’s Nirmala – a good friend of our college and well respected facilitator.

Lifting your spirits: online

Managing OCD

Tuesday 12th July 12.30-2.30pm (1 week) online

This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of OCD, how OCD affects you and most importantly what you can do to manage it. The session will introduce proven, self-help techniques to teach you the skills to manage your own symptoms and become your own therapist. Delivered by our partners in Kirklees IAPT (psychological therapies) service, this learning seminar will be facilitated by two friendly psychological wellbeing practitioners.

This course is open to anyone from Kirklees and Calderdale.

Managing OCD – online


If you are new to the College please enrol here

To book a place on a course or to find out more:

email  or contact us on 07717867911



Other initiatives from local organisations:


Men’s Talk

Men’s Talk, CLEAR’s creative advocacy project for men, is now recruiting for a new theatre/performance project. Men’s Talk aims to reduce stigma around men’s mental health and encourage men to talk.

The project will begin with a series of taster workshops beginning Tuesday 12th July , followed by a consultation process, the creation of a new script, rehearsals and performances.

The project is open to any man who identifies with the project aims. No experience is needed  – and the only commitment is to come to a taster session….

For more info or to book a place

contact Stuart Hawkes email Stuart Hawkes or call  07391 868752


Richmond Fellowship Zoom Workshops

These workshops are open to everyone aged 18 or over who lives in Kirklees and experiences mental health issues, problems or concerns.

This 2 week workshop starts on the 18th July between 1-3pm and will examine all aspects of how Stress can affect us and how it has a negative impact on your mental wellbeing, looking at methods and new ways of thinking that can drastically reduce stress levels in our daily lives.

This new 2 week workshop starting on the 21st July between
1-3pm will explore all the basic necessary skills and information that you will need if you are considering the exciting and rewarding world of volunteering.

This new two week workshop that starts on the 15th August 1-3pm will show how food can affect our mental wellbeing in a positive and negative way and general tips on what to eat to improve your mental health.

This extremely popular 6 week workshop starts on the 18th August and explores all aspects of getting into employment after being out of work for any length of time due to poor mental or physical health.

For more info or to book a place please contact:

Karl Jackson-Lander on 07909 993203 or email:


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Stay safe and reach out


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


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