Weekly update

College News

November 12, 2021

Welcome to the weekly update and the launch of winter well-ies!

Winter is here,  we have a collection of courses, workshops, along with articles and ideas to help you not to just survive but thrive through the colder months. Check out our handmade holidays course and look out for more to follow!

Why well-ies? This season we want everyone to be well… a well-ie! The famous boots inspired us as they are resilient to the elements, can be all colours and sizes and they are better in pairs. Why not sign up for a course with a friend? Or share your tips on how to make the festive period less stressful? Together we can give the winter blues the boot and live life well–ie.

How do you find the wonder of winter?

Share a favourite recipe, tradition, activity or hobby with us on Facebook, twitter or Instagram or email us ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk

#sharingiscaring we want to here from you!


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Handmade Holidays – (Winter Well-ies)

Wednesday 1st December 1-3pm at Kirklees (3 weeks)

As part of the Winter Well-ies collection of courses, Handmade Holidays introduces you to new ways of expressing traditional sentiments. Join us to create handmade gift wrap, make a wellness plan and get inspired to give presents that are kind to your finances, mind and the planet.

Week 1 – It’s the thought that counts. Our first session will focus on ways to reconnect with the true spirit of the season. Along with making personal gift lists we will explore ideas for presents that are better for your mind, wallet and the environment.

Week 2 – Printing. Transform recycled paper into gift tags, wrapping paper, and festive cards using easy to replicate techniques relief printmaking techniques.

Week 3 – The gift of giving. Our final session will cover making gift bags from your own printed papers, handmade decorations along with some practical self-care tips to make the season less stressful.

Handmade Holidays – Face to face


Understanding Dementia – Online

Monday 15 November 10.30am-12.30pm (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

Dealing with Stress

Thursday 2 December 12.30-2.30pm (1 week)

This online workshop 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 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.

Dealing With Stress – Online

Autism Awareness

Thursday 25 November 1-3pm (1 week)

This one-off workshop will provide an introduction to Autism.  The course will promote an understanding of the characteristics of Autism and the various ways that it may affect an individual.  It will explore myths surrounding this and what to do if you suspect Autism in yourself or someone else.  It 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 and where to access further help.

Autism Awareness – Face to face

Covid restrictions and guidance at the College

All face-to-face courses will follow a set of procedures to keep you safe from Covid-19 infection. These will include social distancing, the wearing of face masks and other hygiene measures. As always we will give you a warm welcome! and will ask a few questions, take your temperature!

Please read here for further information: Principal Letter – Covid Restrictions


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



Other courses from local providers

Adult Community Learning Kirklees

Maths Mates – learn how to support children in local schools with their maths skills, Fieldhead Primary Academy, 4 week course online, starting 16th November

Reading Friends – learn how to support children in local schools with their reading – various dates and locations

Steps for Success – online on Zoom, 6 week course (with a break for Christmas) starting 30th November 12.30-2.30pm

Dare to Dream – online on Zoom, Fridays 10am-12pm, starting in January 2022

Please note these courses are open to Kirklees residents only.

For more information or to book a place please contact:

Kirklees Success Centre on 01484 234153

email: success.centres@kirklees.gov.uk


Other initiatives from local organisations:


Calderdale Heritage Walks 

Why not join in a walking journey through some of the people, buildings and events around Calderdale on Sundays.

(£4 per person).

  • Dogs on leads are welcome.
  • The walks are 2-3 hours long


For tickets visit: Calderdale Heritage Walks 2021 Ticketsource


Drop in & Do – Arts and Craft Club

Tuesdays 9.30-11am from now until 7th December

Pop in and have a go! Learn new skills and make unique gifts and useful household items

Howden Clough Community Centre Leeds Rd Birstall, WF17 OHY

Booking recommended by calling 07516119980


Young Dementia Voice – share your experiences and views

If you or a loved one are living with dementia under the age of 65, then Kirklees Dementia Hub would like to invite you to attend a focus group to help shape relevant services in Kirklees.

Thursday 25th November 12.30-3pm at Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield.

  • Transport can be arranged (both pick up and drop off).
  • Travel costs for those travelling independently will be
    paid back to you.
  • Refreshments and Food provided.

To book a place and arrange transport, please call: Kirklees Dementia Hub on 01484 411 074


Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind S2R/Create Space

This month we will be running some brand-new Wednesday Wanderers sessions in Earlsheaton Park, and some women-only Friday Wanderers sessions in Crow Nest Park. We will also be teaching skills like shelter building, foraging and compass reading in our new Outdoor Skills and Nature Confidence sessions at Boothroyd Academy. Or why not join us for a workshop on Beginners Embroidery on Tuesday 9th November or Invisible Mending on Tuesday 30th November and learn some basic embroidery techniques or how to turn repairing and patching clothing into an art form!

Take a look at our latest Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind Schedule below and email: contact@s2r.org.uk or call/text 07895 510 433 to book your place on a session

Download November Schedule

Carers Rights Day 25th November – with Carers Count

We feel it’s important to prepare carers with the information you need in case of an emergency, you may become ill, feeling you can’t cope or you feel you’re getting older so what’s the future look like for you and the person you care for.

Planning for the unexpected, the WHAT IF is extremely important and gives everyone the reassurance of what happens next at usually a very difficult and stressful time.

For more info click here

Carers Rights Day Thursday 25th November 13:00 – 14:30 Tickets

Peer Talk

“People start to heal the moment they feel heard”

Peer Support Group for those living with depression, anxiety and related conditions

Just turn up – it is free

EVERY THURSDAY 7.30Pm – 9.00pm
The Lounge,
St Paul’s Methodist Church,
Wakefield Rd, Dalton,
Huddersfield, HD5 8DE

Find out more at:

07719 562 617
enquiries@ peertalk.org.uk

And finally…

Sing-a-long Carols  (Healthy Minds and The Archway)

Join us in the afternoon for some jolly singing at The Piece Hall on Saturday 20 November 3-4.30pm to lift your spirits and enjoy some yummy treats on us!

No need to be a confident singer, just come along and enjoy some fun tunes!

Interested in coming but need support to get there?
Call  01422 345154
In partnership with The Arch-Way Project

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Stay safe, reach out and have a great weekend


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

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