Weekly Update

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December 1, 2022

Welcome to the weekly update and the start of advent, the countdown to Christmas begins! For many this will be a time to savour and enjoy for others it can be a difficult time full of stress and anxiety and often it can be a mixture of both!  This year seems like another difficult year with the rising energy and food prices as well as worries about Covid/Flu.

To help, in a small way our improved Winter Well-ies Workbook is full of practical money saving tips for the festive season and beyond as well as activities and games to keep you and your families entertained.  The workbook will be available from 1 December and will be posted out free of charge to our leaners – all you have to do is email or call us!



Brand new!

Song Writing

Thursday 12th January 10am-12pm (6 weeks)

Calderdale Recovery and Wellbeing College hub- Hope Street Halifax

Are you a music lover? Would you like to meet new people and collaborate in a creative setting with others? Have you ever fancied having a go at writing your own song? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the course for you!

In this free 6-week course we will explore the basics of song writing and you will have the opportunity to create and play music in a group setting. This course is open to anyone who would like to have a go at writing a song whether you are a complete beginner, or already have some musical abilities and would like to exercise these. You will also have the opportunity to record and keep a copy of your group song at the end of the course.

Song Writing! Hope Street Halifax


Last chance to book:

Yoga: Breathe, Move, Relax

Thursday 26 January 10.30-11.30 am

Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

We have a brand-new course starting in the New Year at the RWC in Kirklees.  Read the Tutors, Laura’s blog to discover how Yoga helped her to manage Depression.

Join us where together we will explore the various tools and techniques of Yoga including breathing practices, gentle flowing movement, meditation and relaxation.  It will provide the opportunity to focus on the now, allowing you to let your thoughts just be, leaving you feeling calm, relaxed and ready to walk back into the outside world.

Delivered by Laura at Umbrella Yoga, this ten-week course is suitable for complete beginners or those with previous experience and incorporates accessible practices; movements can be adapted and learners are able to participate from a chair if needed.

Yoga: Breathe, Move, Relax – face to face Mirfield


Kayaking Winter Paddle

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

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


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

Managing Depression

Tuesday 10 January 12.30-2.30pm (1 week)


This learning seminar aims to help you understand depression, how it affects you and how you can start to feel better. Designed and facilitated by colleagues from Kirklees Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service alongside a Recovery College volunteer with lived experience of depression, the workshop provides tips and techniques for lifting your mood and breaking the vicious cycle of depression.

Managing Depression – Online with IAPT

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.

(Please note due to funding reasons this course is open to Kirklees residents only)

Write Time for Wellbeing


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:

Night Safety Bus – Huddersfield

Are you, or your daughters, sisters, friends going out on the town anytime soon?  This bus has been introduced specifically to support women, but it is open to anyone who may find themselves in a vulnerable position while enjoying a night out in Huddersfield.  To learn more about this new service visit: Hop on the Night Safety Bus – Kirklees Together


Carers Count

Huddersfield Coffee and Chat groups for unpaid carers

1st Monday of every month, 6.30pm-8pm at Starbucks, Leeds Road Retail Park, Huddersfield, HD1 6PF

2nd Monday of every month, 10.30am-12pm, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

4th Monday of every month, 1pm-2.30pm, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

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

Call 0300 0120231


Carers Count Kirklees

Wellness Service

Are you supporting a family member or friend with a long-term health condition?
Join our free Carers Wellness sessions

Monday 12th December 10:30am-12:00pm (Virtual)

Building resilience session includes:
> Exploring emotions
> Learning about acceptance
> Managing worry
> Recognising to be ‘kind to yourself’
Caring for someone with memory deterioration includes:
> Behaviours associated with memory problems
> Accepting the changes in the person you care for
> Understanding emotions of the person you care for
> Managing your emotions
> Simple tips and practical ways of coping

For further information or to book your place on a session please contact
Kirklees Wellness Service on 01484 234095
or book online at www.kirkleeswellnessservice.co.uk

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:

Find a Warm Welcome Space Today

Everyone should have a warm and welcoming Space to go to this winter, which is why our network of community organisations, churches, libraries, businesses and other faith groups across the UK have opened their doors to provide exactly that.

Find a Warm Welcome Space Today

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

Take five to stop fraud

Take five is a national campaign offering straight-forward, impartial advice that helps prevent email, phone-based and online fraud

Protect yourself from scam and fraudsters by clicking this link:

Take Five – To Stop Fraud


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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