Weekly Update

College News

February 9, 2023

Welcome to our weekly update with the usual information on the cost of living, local community information and our well loved courses.

Your Opinion Matters

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.

It is not too late to leave feedback by using this link to our survey:

CK Recovery & Wellbeing College feedback

or you can Email us: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk


Supporting our College

It is great to see many of our courses fully booked but that means those wanting to come to the college are loosing out. We currently have waiting lists of people who want to attend. Please be kind and let us know if you can not attend a session or a course in good time so we can offer it to someone else.

Please do not attend unless you have received confirmation you are booked onto a course by text, email or post. If you are unsure please contact us. (Please note this includes anyone supporting someone as a friend, a family member or a professional on a course).



Brand New Course

Lino Printing (Taster Session)

Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

Tuesday 21st March 10am-12pm (1 week)

Have you considered enrolling with the Recovery College course but are nervous about committing to a course lasting several weeks?  Or would you like to try something crafty but don’t think you “are good at art”?  Maybe you’d like to meet new people in a safe and friendly environment?  If any of the above apply then why not join us for this one-off session as together, we take a look at printing.  Alongside, one of our fab volunteers, James you will learn about different techniques and colour mixing before having a go at printing yourself onto either paper or fabric.  You will be able to use a variety of tools and materials to create an array of textures and patterns and we are certain you will be thrilled with the work you produce!  While this course is aimed at learners who are new to printing, everyone is welcome!”

Lino Printing – taster session


Courses with spaces:

Grow Well – Gardening for Wellbeing

Outback Community Garden, Lightowler Road, HX1 5NB

Wednesday 8th March  10.00am-12.00pm

Back by popular demand!  This fabulous four week Grow Well – Gardening for Wellbeing course provides the opportunity for you to get outdoors, connect with nature, learn new gardening skills, build confidence and meet new people, in a beautiful and peaceful community garden. Facilitated by Louise from Serenity Wellbeing Gardens, you will be made to feel welcome, comfortable and at ease. The Outback is a safe, accessible, relaxed and understanding space to enjoy spending time in, come and join us!

Grow Well – Gardening for Wellbeing

Kayaking-Winter Paddle

(open only to previous participants) 

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

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

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:

Online singing taster workshop with hoot creative arts

Our enthusiastic & friendly singing leader will guide you through songs from around the world. If you enjoy this taster, you can sign up to join our regular session.

Thursday 23rd February
6:30 – 7:30PM
on Zoom

Click here to book your free place and find out more about how online singing works

All welcome – you don’t need singing experience and there’s no need to read music.

Singing is proven to be good for our physical and mental health, and it’s great fun to sing with other people. Whether you’ve always wanted to try singing or just fancy giving something new a go, you’re invited.


Free Drumming for Wellbeing (2 weeks)

(Funded by Central England Co-operative)

Did you know that group drumming reduces stress, strengthens the immune system and boosts fitness?                                                          

Holmfirth Tech – Wednesdays 10-11.30am
1st & 8th March

Denby Dale Methodist – Thursdays 10-11.30am
2nd & 9th March

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

or call 07736049089


Creative Drawing

This course will provide an introduction to drawing from nature through a variety of different creative activities. You will learn ways of expressing your observations using shade, tone, line and texture and gain an understanding of analytical, gestural and observational drawing. All activities will be set within an art historical context.

Course dates:

21/02/2023 – 28/03/2023 6 sessions  2 hrs per session
Tuesday  10:30

Fee £45.60
Includes accreditation & materials if applicable

Art – Practical, Drawing and painting: Creative Drawing (C3681649) (wea.org.uk)


Upcoming courses from Richmond Fellowship:

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

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


Cost of Living information:

Warm Home Discount Scheme

The Warm Home Discount Scheme provides a discount of £150 off electricity bills for 3 million low-income households this winter.

People may be eligible if:

  • they receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
  • they’re on a low income and have high energy costs

Most eligible households will receive the discount automatically and should have received a letter telling you more about it. If someone thinks they’re eligible for the discount and has not received confirmation, they should contact the Warm Home Discount helpline before 28 February.



Digital Kirklees Databank Applications

If you are experiencing difficulty looking for work or completing college coursework, you can apply for a free SIM card which gives calls, texts and data for six months.



Breathing Space

Breathing Space (aka the Debt Respite Scheme) is a free government scheme to help out those in debt. It stops creditors from adding costs or taking enforcement action for 60 days; enough breathing space to get debt advice and set up a debt solution. There’s also a scheme designed specifically for people receiving mental health crisis treatment.



Mental Health and Money Toolkit

Worrying about money can be very stressful! It can take over our thoughts and impact negatively our mental wellbeing and can even cause feelings of embarrassment, guilt and shame. Managing your finances can be all the more difficult when you feel like this and it is easy to avoid, rather than deal with the problem. There are things you can do, and we would like to help where we can. That is why we would recommend you use the Mental Health and Money Toolkit.
This was designed by people who have mental health and money problems as well as by professionals. We can print a hard copy and send it for free to your home address. Just email or call us or find it electronically here.
Remember you are not alone!


Together We Can

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

Home – NHS – Together We Can


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


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Have a great weekend

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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