Weekly Update

College News

April 7, 2022

Welcome to the weekly update. We won’t be having an update next week due to the Easter holidays. Please also bear with us over the next couple of weeks as we try to cover the phone over office hours. We won’t have as much admin cover as usual as Helen our Admin officer is leaving the College and we are recruiting to her post. Feel free to send texts, emails and leave voice mail. We ll get back to you as soon as we can if we are unable to answer the phone!

On on that note – we as a college would like to say a big thank you to Helen who has kindly stepped up to help the College out over the last few years!

We hope you all have a good break over this holiday and holy season and month. Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim learners, volunteers and friends.

Stay safe, reach out and read on.


One place on our Steering Group – Learner Representative

We have a Calderdale learner representative space on our steering group. This group meets about 4 times a year to make decisions and plans for the College. It has representation from learners, volunteers, staff and partner organisations.

If you are passionate about our College and want to see it grow and develop please get in touch so Matt can meet with you to tell you more and see if this is right for you!




C & K Recovery and Wellbeing College courses

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Speak Their Name Project Memorial Quilt (for family and friends bereaved by suicide)

The Yorkshire Speak Their Name Suicide Memorial Quilt Project has been founded by people with a lived experience of bereavement by suicide and supports others bereaved in the same way. The  project has been inspired by the Speak Their Name Greater Manchester (GM) Suicide Memorial Quilt 2020. Please have a look at this short and inspiring film  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eNCSZ-9kzs

The project vision is to create a Yorkshire Speak Their Name Suicide Memorial Quilt that will create a lasting beautiful memory of loved ones who have died to suicide.

If you  want to get involved you can book onto both or either session at:

Mirfield or Halifax on the 25th and 28th April. Click below for details:

Speak Their Name – in person session – Calderdale and Kirklees

For more information the project email: yorkshirespeaktheirname@gmail.com

Follow on Twitter @Yorkshire_STN and we have a closed Facebook group ‘Yorkshire Speak Their Name Quilt Group’


Managing Stress with IAPT

Thursday 14th April 12.30-2.30pm (1 Week)

This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of stress, how stress affects you and most importantly what you can do to manage it. The session will be facilitated by two friendly psychological wellbeing practitioners and it will introduce self-help techniques such as relaxation, problem solving and challenging negative thoughts, helping you to learn skills to manage your own symptoms and become your own therapist.

Managing Stress – online IAPT

Mindfulness – 8 week course

Tuesday 26th April 11am-12pm (8 weeks finishing on 14th May)

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.

Mindfulness – 8 week course – online MST

Steps to Success – face to face

Tuesday 3rd May 1-3.30pm (8 Weeks)

Back by popular demand!  This inspiring eight week course delivered by Kirklees Success Centre introduces us to different strategies we can use to help develop our self-esteem, motivation and plans for the future.  It also looks at ways that we can make changes to our lives, if we so wish, either now or in the weeks, months or years ahead.  This course will help build confidence and teach us how to set realistic goals and empower us to take control of our futures in a positive and enlightening way.

Steps to Success – face to face Kirklees

Understanding Anxiety

Thursday 12th May 12.30-2.30pm (1 week)

This learning seminar aims to help you understand anxiety, how it affects you and how you can start to take control of it. Designed by colleagues from Kirklees Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service alongside a Recovery College volunteer with lived experience of anxiety, the workshop provides tips and techniques for coping with anxiety, challenging anxious thoughts and reducing worry. It will be facilitated by two friendly psychological wellbeing practitioners.

Understanding Anxiety – online MST

Peer Mentoring for Health & Wellbeing

Monday 16th May 10am-1pm (7 weeks with a 1 week break finishing on 4th July)

Peer Mentoring usually takes place between a person that has been through a specific experience (Peer Mentor) who guides another person through a relatable situation (Peer Mentee) such as living with mental health issues or recovering from addictions.  Delivered by Kirklees Success Centre, this free face to face course is for anyone who wants to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to support others through mentoring.  It is suitable for volunteers and others who would like to learn coaching techniques and how to support others using their own experience.

This is only available to Kirklees residents only

Peer Mentoring for Health & Wellbeing – face to face

Exploring Nature’s Lost Words

Tuesday 10th May 10.30am-12.30pm (3 weeks – finishing 24th May)

Join Leah & Alma at Mirfield library for three uplifting sessions exploring words, nature, stories and creativity. We will be using the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris as our theme, an award-winning book of stunning illustrations and haunting poems that celebrate words from nature that have disappeared from children’s lives: heron, ivy, dandelion, wren… Delivered in a fun, gentle session. We’ll be exploring nature locally, playing games and creating art. The final session will be supported by poet Emma Decent who will help us create our own short poems.

Exploring Nature’s Lost Words – face to face


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


Covid restrictions

If you attend a face to face course inside a building you will need to wear a face mask provided by us, have your temperature checked and where possible do a lateral flow test before attending. We always will give you a warm welcome even if you can’t see our welcoming smiles!

You can find out about the latest changes by reading the Principals letter here


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 (calderdalekirkleesrc.nhs.uk)


Other initiatives from local organisations:

Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind

The Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind project is here to reinvigorate you and your community by helping you to access and enjoy the amazing, green open spaces in your area and introducing you to a range of activities that will boost your physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

This month we’ll be starting some brand-new Thornhill Lees Crochet Sessions on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm, and continuing our Café Connections afternoons at Cloggs Coffee shop in Dewsbury. If you fancy getting outside for a breath of fresh air, then come along to our women-only Friday Wanderers sessions and have a gentle stroll around Crow Nest Park. Or why not come and take part in some craft activities for all ages at the Lees Holm Park Family Spring Event on Monday 11th April from 11am – 1pm.

Download the April schedule here

Take a look at what’s happening in April and book yourselves onto any Dewsbury YHiM sessions by calling 07895 510 433
or emailing contact@s2r.org.uk

Digital Confidence Building for Work & Everyday Life (free)

Friday 6th May – 22nd July 9.15-11.15am  online

This course will help to build your digital knowledge and capability. Empowering yourself with the knowledge will enable you to be more efficient with daily digital expectations both at work and at home. If you want to become more empowered in your use of digital technology this is the course for you!

Course code: C3680696

book online WEA

or call 0300 303 3464

Richmond fellowship online workshops:

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

CONFIDENCE TO WORK -This extremely popular 6 week workshop starts on 25th April

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

SELF ESTEEM AND RESILIENCE – 2 week workshop that starts on the 4th April between 1-3pm will show how to improve and maintain healthy levels of self worth and resilience to bounce back from life’s difficulties.

ASSERTIVENESS AND COMMUNICATION – 2 workshops that start on the 28th April 1-3pm will explore assertiveness skills and developing better communication skills.

For more information or to book a place please contact:

Karl Jackson-Lander: 07909 993203

email: Karl.Jackson-Lander@richmondfellowship.org.uk


Free online courses from WEA

Making Crotchet Jewellery: Tuesday 26 April, 2.15pm – 4.15pm for four weeks. In this online course students will make some beautiful crochet jewellery, learning a few techniques to create earrings, necklaces and bracelets using fine thread and hooks, add beads and create some unique and very wearable jewellery. Course reference: C3679858

To enrol please quote the correct course reference, either online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or by ringing 0300 303 3464.

Money on your mind?

Many of us will be worried about the cost of living and the impact on our wellbeing and mental health. Have money problems, or are struggling to cope with growing debts, do you know where to turn to for help and support? Click here for more information and support put together by our friends at S2R:

Money on Your Mind | S2R Create Space

Men’s Talk Digital would like to invite you to help us celebrate 12 months of film making!

Men’s Talk is CLEAR’s creative advocacy project for men – using theatre and film making to reduce stigma around mental health and encourage men’s talk. The men will be hosting a “Showreel” event where they will share some of the films they have made and talk about their journey with Men’s Talk.

Thursday 26th April 2.30pm

Union, 9 Wellington Rd, Dewsbury, WF13 1HF

Union is a 5 minute walk from Dewsbury Railway Station – where there is also car parking. Popcorn supplied!!

and finally…

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


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Stay safe and reach out


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team



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