Weekly update

College News

August 12, 2021

Welcome to the weekly update! Here you can find some information on courses up and coming as well as some offers of help and support from supporting organisations.

Please click the link below to view all our courses. We have a lot now on there with many starting in September – don’t delay!

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Up and coming courses


Introduction to the Recovery & Wellbeing College

This informal introductory session provides you with information about the Recovery & Wellbeing College and the opportunity to meet some of our wonderful volunteers.  You will have the chance to ask questions about attending the College and discover the importance of learning together – and from each other in a safe and supportive environment.

Please note this is an online course only

Introduction to the Recovery College – Online

Starts: Tuesday 7 September 10.30am – 11.45am 1 week


Games in the Park (round 2)

Following on from the success of this course we are pleased to offer a second course of Games in the Park.

This 4 week course will consist of various weekly outdoor games and activities such as croquet. Each week you will try something new, play a different game and most importantly have some fun. The course will be a great way for you to get out of the house, meet others, learn new skills and build your confidence.

Everyone is welcome, activities will be suitable for all levels and abilities. Please note Safety guidelines and social distancing will be in place. We expect the course to be very popular so we encourage you to enrol early.

Games in the Park

Starts: Thursday 19 August 11am – 12.30pm 4 weeks


Mindfulness 8 Weeks

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.

Mindfulness – 8 week course – online

Starts: Tuesday 7 September 2021 at 11am – 12pm

Skills for Volunteering (face-to-face)

Whether you are thinking of volunteering in the future or are an existing volunteer already then this course is for you.  This motivating 7 week course delivered by the WEA will help adults develop their skills to become confident and effective volunteers.  This course explores the role of the volunteer, how to develop good communication and interpersonal skills as well as learning about health & safety and issues of equality and diversity and much, much more.  This course is free to learners who are on specific benefits or low income.  Please ask for more details.

This is open for leaners from Calderdale and Kirklees

Skills for Volunteering

Starts: Monday 13 September 2021 at 1.30 – 3.30pm


Covid restrictions and guidance at the College

All face-to-face courses will follow a set of procedures following a recent risk assessment which will include social distancing, the wearing of face masks and other hygiene measures. On entry to the building, we will give you a warm welcome, ask a few questions, take your temperature and inform you how to stay safe during the session.

Please watch this short film of what to expect: Welcome back – Covid safe


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



Other initiatives from local organisations:


Calderdale Cares 4 Us (CC4Us)…

…is a new project, hosted by Healthy Minds, to provide public and voluntary sector workers with free mental health and wellbeing provision.

As public and voluntary sector workers supporting people in Calderdale during the pandemic, this has likely taken a toll on your professional and personal lives, and we want to help with this. Funded by Public Health England for 6-12 months, our focus is on offering a range of free services and activities to help with mental health and wellbeing. These services are available to all public and voluntary sector workers who live and work in Calderdale, without the need to be referred. All you have to do is book in with us and you can access services that can help you:

Relieve stress
Have time for yourself
Feel more positive
Get creative
Enjoy a physical activity
Try a new hobby

Click here to find out more: Calderdale Cares 4 Us (CC4Us)


Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression study (GLAD)

GLAD aims to investigate genetic risk factors in individuals who have been treated for, or been diagnosed with, depression and/or anxiety. Participants will sign up to an online platform through the GLAD website: gladstudy.org.uk

or contact Lisa.Horner@nhs.net to find out more.

Offload Huddersfield Giants

Team up with Huddersfield Giants Community Trust alongside current and past players of Rugby League.
Discover how they handle criticism, bounce back from injury, manage life in the public eye and what happens
when it’s time to hang up their boots. Offload sessions will pass on the same skills used by elite performers to help you build your own mental fitness and a better mind-set.

Every Wednesday at The Zone, St Andrews Road, Huddersfield, HD16PT. 1800 – 1930

Offload Giants – For further info

Choose well for mental health

This guide has been created to help you to choose well to support your mental health and wellbeing. Carers, friends and families can also use this guide to look out for those close to them and direct them to the right support. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with this so you know what to do in different situations.

You can download here:


And Finally….

The Horizon Plan – For parents of young people who self-harm


Delivered by The Youth Mental Health Foundation (a non-profit CIC registered in England), The Horizon Plan is an online course that focuses on guiding the parents of young people who self-harm to support their child’s healing.

Being the parent of self-harming child is complex. You are most likely in one of the most difficult periods of your life. You’ll desperately want to do everything possible to support your child, but there’s a strong chance you are feeling unprepared, frozen (unsure how to move forward), disconnected from your child, angry, guilty and fearful. The Horizon Plan will give you tools to support your child’s journey, enabling you to be an invaluable support to your child, assisting their recovery.

Click here to access The Horizon Plan free of charge.

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Stay safe, reach out and have a great weekend


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

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