Weekly Update

College News

August 19, 2021

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

Please click the link below to view all our courses. We’re adding new courses all the time and there are several starting in September, some delivered face to face and some online – have a look and see if there’s one that takes your fancy!

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Up and coming courses


Grow Well: Gardening for Wellbeing (face-to-face)

Grow Well – Gardening for Wellbeing is a 5 week course, the sessions will provide the opportunity to be outdoors and connect with nature, learn new gardening skills, build confidence and meet new people. A light lunch will be provided at 13:00, learners have the option to stay in (and enjoy) the Outback Community Garden for an hour after each session.

Taking part in a range of gardening, outdoor and nature based activities can help to create a sense of belonging, feelings of tranquility and being part of a team. Louise, a horticulturalist will be facilitating the course, she will ensure that everyone is made to feel welcome, comfortable and at ease. The Outback garden is a safe, accessible, relaxed and understanding space for participants to enjoy spending time in.

Please note this course is for Calderdale residents only.

Grow Well: Gardening for Wellbeing

Starts: Wednesday 8 September 11am – 1pm , 5 weeks


Introduction to the Recovery 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.

This course is open for leaners from Calderdale and Kirklees.

Please note this is an online course only.

Introduction to the Recovery College – Online

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


Recognising Burnout

Join us in this workshop to discover what the term ‘burnout’ means.  You will explore different factors relating to burnout and the signs and symptoms that are commonly associated with it. You will begin to understand ways to avoid burning out and learn practical coping strategies to maintain a healthy work life balance. This workshop is suitable for all but may be particularly useful for those who have experienced burnout, or who would like to know a bit more about it and how it is different from day to day stress.

This course is open for leaners from Calderdale and Kirklees.

Please note this is an online course only.

Recognising Burnout – Online

Starts: Thursday 9 September 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1 week


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 course is open for leaners from Calderdale and Kirklees.

Skills for Volunteering

Starts: Monday 13 September 2021 at 1.30 – 3.30pm, 7 weeks


Lino Printing (face-to-face)

Whether you have your own ideas already or want a little inspiration – printing is a great way to reproduce your art and designs on to virtually anything, from handmade cards to customised clothing.  Over four sessions you will have the opportunity to design and produce your own lino prints, learning different techniques and skills along the way.

This course is open for leaners from Calderdale and Kirklees.

Lino Printing

Starts: Tuesday 14 September 2021 at 1 – 3pm, 4 weeks


Words in Mind

In this six week course we use simple themes from poems, short stories and other forms of the written word to promote general discussion.  There will be the opportunity to get involved and read aloud as your confidence grows and you might even find yourself inspired to write, but there is no pressure to do either of these.  It is okay just to listen and take the opportunity to forget about your cares and worries for a while.  This online course is accessible to everyone, whatever your level of literacy.

This course is open for leaners from Calderdale and Kirklees.

Please note this is an online course only.

Words in Mind – Online

Starts: Thursday 16 September 2021 at 10.30am – 11.45am, 6 weeks


African Drumming (face-to-face)

The benefits of djembe drumming in a group is widely recognised.  This can prove to be a joyful and therapeutic experience bringing a sense of belonging and harmony to all involved.  This fun one-off workshop is a great introduction to African drumming and provides the opportunity to play some simple beats and rhythms in a supportive space.  All abilities welcome including beginners.  Instruments are provided.

This course is open to learners from Calderdale and Kirklees.

African Drumming 

Starts: Friday 24 September 2021 at 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1 week


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:


Outdoor Walks for Wellbeing in Kirklees

Blackdog Outdoors is a voluntary organisation providing a range of free, supported outdoor exercise opportunities led by experienced volunteers, all with Mental Health First Aid training. They are running several outdoor Walks for Wellbeing in the Kirklees area over the next few weeks:

Newsome: Wednesday 15 September, 10am
Dalton: Saturday 4 September, 10am and Saturday 29h September, 10am
Almondbury: Saturday 28 August, 10am and Saturday 18 September, 10am

For further information – Blackdog Outdoors

For bookings – contact@blackdogoutdoors.co.uk


Kooth – Support for children and young people

Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online wellbeing service for children and young people. Young people using the site are able to access a range of support services including one-to-one counselling sessions, discussing issues with their peers through online discussion boards, reading and contributing to self-help content and recording their feelings via journals and goal trackers. The online nature of Kooth means that young people can access help in a way that is most suitable for them, at a time that is convenient for them, 365 days of the year.

There are restrictions in place to ensure that children and young people using Kooth only see what is age appropriate for them. This also helps us to ensure people find the content that is most useful to them. Any comments are pre-moderated to ensure that only safe comments are posted and visible.

Click here to access Kooth

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



And Finally….

Batley Pride in the Park – Saturday 21st August, 11am – 5pm, Wilton Park WF17 8NB

Why not go along and celebrate diversity, equality and unity at Batley Pride in the Park! This is a free, fun and family orientated, gay pride event supporting LGBT+ communities. There will be live music and acts, food and drink and information stalls.

Batley Pride in the Park Facebook page


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


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Stay safe, reach out and have a great weekend


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

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