Weekly Update

College News

November 10, 2022

Welcome to the weekly update. We still have a few courses starting in the next few weeks with spaces available, so do check these out below and make sure to book your place before they fill up! You can also see a sneak preview of some new courses and workshops that we’ve got planned for early 2023 – there will be lots to choose from and hopefully something for everybody and we’re adding new courses to our website all the time, so do make sure you’re keeping your eye out to avoid disappointment! Check out the sneak preview below!


If you missed it, you can read our latest newsletter by clicking below:

Keeping Connected November

Last chance to book:

Wellbeing Workshop

Tuesday 22nd November, 10am – 12pm online (1 week)

In person at VSI Alliance, Halifax

This two-hour workshop will explore what wellbeing is and will look at ways that you can look after your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you. It will include mindfulness activities and aims to help you to develop some cost-effective wellness tools. The session will be co-delivered by one of our Peer Supporters which will give you the opportunity to gain an insight into the importance of maintaining your wellbeing, from someone who has used various tools to look after their own wellbeing. Click the link to book your place!

Wellbeing Workshop 


Autism Awareness

Thursday 24th November, 1 – 2.30pm (1 week)


This one-off workshop looks at the life and experiences of someone living with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum and the fascinating insight of others looking outside in. Throughout the session we will explore the characteristics of Autism and the various ways that it may affect an individual.  We will discuss some of the myths surrounding this diagnosis and what to do if you suspect Autism in yourself of someone else.  There will be the opportunity to ask the Facilitators questions and they will provide an overview of the strategies that may help those with Autism or those supporting them.  You will also receive information on local and national support networks to access further help.

Autism Awareness – Online MST



Kayaking Winter Paddle

Various dates in December (each is a one-off session):

Thursday 1 December 2022, 10.45am – 1.30pm (1 week)

Thursday 8 December 2022, 10.45am – 1.30pm (1 week)

Thursday 15 December 2022, 10.45am – 1.30pm (1 week)

Calder and Hebble Navigation, Sowerby Bridge

Thanks to the success of the Kayak Taster sessions that we have been running this year with our partners Blackdog Outdoors, we are now offering ‘one off’ Winter Paddle sessions. Please note these sessions are available to any of our learners who have attended a Kayak Taster session this year.

Kayaking Winter Paddle


Understanding Dementia

Thursday 8th December, 10am – 12pm (1 week)


Are you concerned about your memory or that of a loved one?  Have you or someone you know been recently diagnosed with Dementia?  Do you work or volunteer with people who experience memory issues?  If you answered yes to any of these questions or if you would just like to find out more about Dementia then this is the course for you.  This one-off workshop delivered by Kirklees Dementia Hub will provide you with information about symptoms, the progression of Dementia, how to access support and be able to answer some of your questions relating to this diagnosis.

Understanding Dementia online


Sneak preview! New courses for 2023 – book now to secure your place!


Mood and Food

Tuesday 10 January 2023, 1pm – 3pm (2 weeks)

Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

During this informal two week course, delivered by our partners at the Richmond Fellowship, we will look at the links between what we eat and our mental and physical wellbeing.  We will discuss the types of food that can have a positive or negative impact on our mental health, practical ways to start and maintain a balanced eating plan and what to look out for and avoid when reading ingredients.

Mood and Food



Peer Mentoring

Friday 13th January 2023, 10am-1pm

Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

In this engaging 7-week face to face course, we’ll be exploring what mentoring is and building the skills to become a successful mentor, and to support others.

  • Do you want to be able to support others as part of your job role and/or volunteering?
  • Do you want to develop your communication skills?
  • Do you want to know how to set goals and know when these have been achieved?
  • Are you aged 19+?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then this course is for you! Delivered by our partners at Kirklees Success Centre, it will provide you with the essential skills, knowledge and confidence to be an effective mentor.

Peer Mentoring



Write Time for Wellbeing

Monday 16th January 2023, 10am – 12.30pm

Community Links (CLEAR) – Huddersfield

This course was so popular we felt we had no choice but to offer it again! During the course we’ll encourage you to use a type of mindfulness, using writing to provide you with the space and time to reflect on your thoughts and feelings in the here and now. This will help boost your mood, raise self-awareness and create feelings of calm and contentment. The activities you’ll learn will provide you with tools you can use to help you cope better with the stresses and challenges we face in life.  This enlightening six week course is kindly delivered by our partners at Kirklees Success Centre.

Write Time for Wellbeing



An Introduction to Self-Soothe and Self-Care

Monday 23 January 2023, 10am – 12.30pm

Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

Life can be challenging. It can lead to not knowing how to soothe or take care of ourselves effectively. Often, people turn to unhelpful and destructive coping strategies. In this one-off workshop we will explore self-care and self-soothe skills that can help with feelings of distress and help to find calm during difficult times.  Through informative discussions, the workshop aims to share creative and useful self-care and self-soothe ideas and there will be the opportunity for learners to share their thoughts and ideas.

An Introduction to Self-Soothe and Self-Care



You can see a full list of our upcoming courses by clicking here:

View all courses

If you are already enrolled with the College, then please get in touch via email or telephone to book on your chosen course or workshop.  There is no need to enrol again.

Email: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk

Telephone: 07717 867911

If you are new to the College please enrol here

Please remember to stay at home if you are unwell or have symptoms of covid!

We will be able to help you remain safe if you are worried about getting infected by covid when you attend.


Courses and other stuff from community organisations:

Cycle for Health

Princess Mary Stadium, Liversedge, Dewsbury

Starting Tuesday 22nd November, 1 – 3pm

Cycle for Health is a free, 12 week cycling course for adults who want to improve their mental or physical health or wellbeing. It aims to build self-esteem, confidence, and fitness through learning new cycle skills and enjoying guided bike rides. Sessions are led by qualified cycling instructors, and bikes and helmets are all provided.

For more information and an enrolment form call: 07810 656811

Or email: zoe.westerman@cyclinguk.org


WOVEN 23 – Growing Colour Together in Kirklees: Community Briefings

Birkby and Fartown Library, Tuesday 22nd November, 2pm

Kirkburton Library, Wednesday 23rd November, 12pm

Thrive Connect, Dewsbury, Monday 28th November, 2pm

Growing Colour Together is more than a project – it’s a MOVEMENT! Our ambition is to create a district-wide, natural-dye colour garden. Working in partnership across the district we want to give everyone the opportunity to ‘have a grow’, use what’s grown to make natural dyes, and learn about the environmental implications of chemical dyes.

Come and join us for one of our free Growing Colour Together Community Briefings, where we will have an exciting textile workshop from one of our artists and presentations on the project from the WOVEN team along with some free growing resources for you to take away and get started. Refreshments will be available.

These are ticketed events, click a link below to secure your free ticket:

Birkby and Fartown Library
Kirkburton Library
Thrive Connect, Dewsbury



Calderdale Climate Action Plan – your chance to have your say!

Calderdale Council has released the draft Climate Action Plan and want to hear from as many people across the borough as possible. Over the past 12 months we’ve made great progress in Calderdale, hitting a historic target for reduction of CO2 emissions and we’ve declared a bold and ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2038. Our draft Climate Action Plan sets out what we must do to tackle climate change and meet our net zero target by 2038. It affects everyone living and working in Calderdale so we want to hear from as many people as possible about our draft. 

Share your feedback through our short online survey. Visit: www.calderdale.gov.uk/ClimateActionPlan

Closing date: 20 November 2022


Carers Count

Huddersfield Coffee and Chat groups for unpaid carers

1st Monday of every month, 6.30pm-8pm at Unit J1, Leeds Road Retail Park, Huddersfield

2nd Monday of every month, 10.30am-12pm, Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield

4th Monday of every month, 1pm-2.30pm, Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield

Join members of Carers Count team for support and advice, meet other unpaid carers, and enjoy coffee and a chat.

After Carers Group, Huddersfield

4th Wednesday of the month in November, December, January and February, various venues in Huddersfield

These sessions offer support for people who have previously been unpaid carers. The After Carers Groups will give you the opportunity to meet other former carers, make friends and talk about your feelings and experiences in an informal setting.

Carers Rights Day 2022

Carers Count have got various events planned the week of 21st November to mark Carers Rights Day and to support and empower unpaid carers. Get in touch with them for more details!

Email: info@carerscount.org.uk

Call: 0300 012 0231



Richmond fellowship

Online – Zoom Workshops

This 2-week Workshop starts on the 14th November, 1pm-3pm and will cover all aspects of improving and maintaining mental health through practical means that people can use on a daily basis.

For more information, to see our online calendar:

Our Workshops – Kirklees Employment Service (rfkirkleesemployment.org.uk)


Peer Talk

Thursday evenings, 7.30-9pm, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Wakefield Rd, Dalton, Huddersfield, HD5 8DE.

PeerTalk is a registered charity which provides peer support groups across the UK. We have a new peer support group in Huddersfield, for people living with depression, anxiety and other related distress and mental health issues. There is no need for referrals or bookings, the group is free and there are no waiting lists

Call PeerTalk 07719 562 617 (for a friendly chat before coming along!)


IT Help and Support – Calderdale Libraries:

Central Library Halifax

Tuesdays 2-5pm & Thursdays 2-5pm

Customers can book up to three fifty-minute sessions with a volunteer, who will coach them in basic IT use.  The content of sessions varies depending on the needs and level of the individual customer.  Subjects offered include: basic IT (using a keyboard and mouse), setting up and using email, using tablets & smartphones, using MicroSoft Office, searching and navigating the Internet.

Sessions are free to attend but must be pre-booked with a member of Info Services staff:

Phone: 01422 392631

Email: Reference.Library@calderdale.gov.uk

Face to face: pop into the Local Studies section on the lower ground floor of the Central Library in Halifax and talk to a member of staff.

Elland Library Coffee and Itea

Thursday mornings, between 10.30am & 12 noon

The idea is that the customer drops in for a tea/ coffee and a chat with a member of staff, if they have any IT related queries.  They can also book a 30-minute taster session with a member of staff, if they need help with mastering basic IT.  These sessions are mainly for absolute beginners who just need a bit of extra help and encouragement with mastering basic IT. Sessions are delivered free of charge.


Cost of Living information:

Halifax Community Fridge – Warm Meals every Thursday!

131 Gibbet Street, Halifax

The Halifax Community Fridge provides free food for anyone in the local community who is in need, between 11am and 12.30pm every day.

From 10th November they will also be offering a warm meal for their neighbours in the community, every Thursday afternoon. The meals will be served 30 minutes before sunset every Thursday – can check out their Facebook page for exact times.


Call: 07790 758618  


The Bread and Butter Thing

The Bread and Butter Thing is a charity which is distributing surplus food from shops, supermarkets and farms to people who need it. They cover several areas of Kirklees including Rawthorpe, Dalton, Deighton, Batley and Chickenley, providing weekly food bags at a fraction of the cost of buying them from the supermarket. Click the link below for more information.

Bread and Butter Thing


For information, support and advice on how to beat the cost of living go to your local council pages here:

Money and Wellbeing in Calderdale | Calderdale Council

Cost of living | Kirklees Council

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We hope you have a great weekend.

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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