Weekly Update

College News

January 20, 2023

Welcome to the weekly update. We have been asked by our NHS Trust to review the work we do in the Recovery Colleges. How do we improve, grow and reach more people? Maybe you have some ideas? We can always do better and Your Opinion Matters!

With this in mind we are running a one-off workshop online for you, our learners to tell us what you think. Please come and give us your insights!

Tuesday 31st January 1-2.30pm – Online

Click the link below to find out more and book on!

Your Opinion Matters! Online Workshop

If you are a member of staff or a partner in Calderdale or Kirklees don’t feel left out, we would love your ideas as well and will be running a workshop for you on:

Tuesday 31st January 10-11.30am

Email or call us to book on:


 07717 867911

If you can’t make these online workshops or you want to leave further feedback than please use this link to our survey:

CK Recovery & Wellbeing College feedback


Courses with spaces:

Kayaking-Winter Paddle

(open only to previous participants) 

Calder & Hebble Navigation, Canalside, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge

Thursday 2nd February 10.45am -1.30pm

Thursday 9th February 10.45am -1.30pm

Thursday 16th February 10.45am -1.30pm

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. These sessions are available to any of our learners who have attended a Kayak Taster session this year.

If you have attended one of our Kayak Taster sessions and you would like to attend any of these sessions, please let us know (you don’t need to enrol again):


Kayaking-Winter Paddle

Medication and me: Understanding the pros and cons of mental health meds

Folly Hall, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield

Monday 20th February 1pm-3pm (1 week)

Many of us take prescribed medication throughout our lives to help with our mental health. This can provide the hope of regaining what we feel we have lost, but there can be negative effects too – everybody’s experience is different.

Join us as we explore the world of mental health medication, and learn about the different ways these drugs can affect us, both in helpful ways, and their potential side effects. This one-off session, delivered by the Deputy Chief Pharmacist at Fieldhead Hospital alongside a RWC Volunteer, focuses on how commonly prescribed mental health medications work, how we can get the most from them, and how to work with prescribers to get answers to any queries or concerns.

Medication and me: Understanding the pros and cons

Golden age of Hollywood – taster session

Hope Street Resource Centre, Hope Street Halifax

Thursday 23rd February 1pm-3pm

Come and join us for this taster session. Be taken back in time to the early 20th Century where you will learn about the Golden Age of Hollywood!

You will see famous movie clips containing the biggest stars of the screen such as Orson Welles, Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth and Marlene Dietrich.  You will learn about the humble beginnings of the earliest studios; Paramount, Columbia and Fox Pictures and their respective founders.

Delivered with passion and fun by Russel and Mick, discover a new way of relaxing, learning and escaping from the day to day life stresses and strains.

Golden age of Hollywood – taster session

Autism Awareness

Folly Hall, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield 

Tuesday 7th March 10.30am-12.30pm (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

History Walk

Wild Life Lodge, Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury

Wednesday 8th March 10.30am-11.30am (1 week)

Join us and the Friends of Crow Nest Park for a short, guided history walk in the beautiful surroundings of Dewsbury Park.  Learn about the fascinating past of the buildings and monuments within this wonderful space as well as having the opportunity to stretch your legs in the Springtime air.

History Walk

Exploring Nature’s Lost Words

Mirfield Library, East Thorpe Lodge,  Mirfield

Thursday 9th March 10.30am-11.45am (3 weeks)

Join librarians Leah & Nicola at Mirfield library for three uplifting sessions exploring words, nature, stories and creativity.

We’ll be using ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris as our theme – an award-winning book of stunning illustrations and haunting poems that celebrate words from nature that have disappeared from the children’s dictionary over the years: heron, ivy, dandelion, wren…

We aim to deliver fun, gentle sessions that support wellbeing and create a supportive environment. We’ll be exploring local nature, producing a piece of artwork and will finish by making our own keepsake poetry booklet.

Exploring Nature’s Lost Words


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:

Drum for Wellbeing – FREE Courses!

Valley Samba Beats Band

Holmfirth Tech on Wednesdays 10-11.30am

Denby Dale Methodist Thursdays 10-11.30am

to book go to: www.rhythmstick.co.uk/

or call 07736049089


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


Upcoming courses from Richmond Fellowship:

These activities are open to everyone aged 18 or over who lives in Kirklees and experiences mental health issues, problems or concerns.

Food and Household Budgeting, a 2 week course starting on Tuesday 24th January (online Zoom)

Make the most out of your money when doing your food shopping and make your household budget go further. Get advice on energy saving and the support available for people struggling with money issues.

Confidence to Work, a 6 week course starting on 30th January, 1-3pm (online on Zoom)

This course explores all aspects of getting into employment after being out of work for any length of  time due to poor mental or physical health.

Ways to Wellbeing, a 2 week course starting on 23rd February, 1-3pm (online on Zoom)

This course will cover all aspects of improving and maintaining mental health through practical means that people can use on a daily basis.


To find out more or to book, please contact Karl Jackson-Lander:

phone: 07909 993203  or email: Karl.Jackson-Lander@richmondfellowship.org.uk


Cycle for Health courses – places available in January!

These cycling courses are for adults who would like to improve their mental or physical health, take up a regular activity, and build their fitness and self-esteem.

This month, the following courses still have available spaces – but other dates may also be available, so please get in touch with Cycle for Health at cycleforhealth@cyclinguk.org for more details:

Start date and location

Thursday 26 January (1pm – 3pm) Slaithwaite Fire Station


Cost of Living information:

Together We Can

For tips advice and information on health and cost of living services click this one link:

Home – NHS – Together We Can

Food and Household Budgeting – Richmond Fellowship

This 2 session workshop (2 hours a week) on zoom will look at how to make the most out of your money when doing your food shopping and how to make your household budget go further. it will also offer advice on energy saving and the support available for people struggling with money issues


If you would like to join these workshops or find out more, please contact Karl Jackson-Lander at:

Email: karl.jackson-lander@richmondfellowship.org.uk

Phone: 07909993203


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

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


Join us on Facebook and Instagram here:



Have a great weekend

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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