Welcome to the weekly update. Have a look below for further offers of courses not just from us but from local community organisations!
Winter can be a difficult time and many people feel isolated and lonely. Download this loneliness toolkit to see what you can do to combat those feelings of loneliness as well as to help others do the same!
The lifting of restrictions have been announced by the government this week which is a good sign that things may get to normal very soon. We are waiting for further guidance from the NHS so for now won’t be changing any measures we have in place. This means if you attend a face to face course you will need to wear a face mask provided by us, have your temperature checked and where possible do a lateral flow test before attending. We always will give you a warm welcome even if you can’t see our welcoming smiles!
You can find out about the latest changes by reading the Principals letter here
Your Opinion Matters!
The College is growing fast with over 700 people enrolled with us! We want to reach and help as many people as possible and we need your help to do so. With this in mind our Steering Group has asked us to organise some events to get your feedback and for you to have your say about how the College should develop. Your opinion matters!
We have 3 events planned so please click the link below for more info and to book on:
Your Opinion Matters! – for Learners – Monday 28th February 1-3pm
Your Opinion Matters! – for volunteers – Wednesday 2nd March 1-3pm
Please note we have a sperate event for partners and organisations
Your Opinion Matters!
For staff and organisations that work with us or in our communities – Thursday 3rd March 10-12
To book on email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
C & K Recovery and Wellbeing College courses
Click below and have a browse at our full collection of Winter Well-ies courses to help you through the winter months. Places are filling up fast so please book on ASAP:
Courses starting soon…
Thursday 17 February 2-4pm (2 weeks)
Coiling is an ancient and traditional method of making baskets, still widely used around the world today. It is a slow and meditative technique that helps soothe and quiet a busy mind. Over two weeks, you will learn how to make a coaster or a small mat in the relaxing surroundings of the Outback Garden.
Weaving Workshop-God’s Eye
Thursday 3 March 2-4pm (2 weeks)
Using simple weaving techniques, you will learn how to make a colourful, spiritual object made from yarn called a ‘God’s Eye’ to hang around your home or garden. This craft originates from the Ojo de Dios (Spanish for Eye of God) and is a cultural symbol made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico. The four points are thought to represent earth, fire, air, and water, and the centre provided God’s watchful eye over their people. This two-week workshop will be held in the calming surroundings of the Outback Garden.
Splash of colour (last few places!)
PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE HAS MOVED AND WE HAVE PUT BOTH SESSIONS ONLINE
Wednesday 9 February 1-3pm (1 week online)
Greet 2022 with a Splash of Colour by joining us for a one-off creative workshop featuring the humble welly boot! Learn upcycling and repurposing techniques, get inventive with embellishments and paint on this unusual canvas. This online workshop is a relaxed, project-focused format that will hopefully inspire lots of other ways to use the ideas and tips covered – sign up with a friend, things are better in pairs…
Thursday 10 February 10.30am-12.30pm (1 week online)
This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of OCD, how OCD affects you and most importantly what you can do to manage it. The session will introduce proven, self-help techniques to teach you the skills to manage your own symptoms and become your own therapist. Delivered by our partners in Kirklees IAPT (psychological therapies) service, this learning seminar will be facilitated by two friendly psychological wellbeing practitioners.
Monday 28 February 1-3pm (2 weeks)
Climate change; does worrying about the planet keep you awake at night? Or are you unsure what all the fuss is about and want to learn more? If so, this course will provide the opportunity for you to discover how we can all make a positive difference, how to change defeatist self-talk and consider how our feelings can generate action. Over two weeks we will look at ways to reduce our own carbon footprint, make our homes more efficient and perhaps save some money as well as the planet!
To book a place on a course or to find out more please contact us or visit:
Other initiatives from local organisations:
The Great Winter Get Together is finally here! Celebrating the power that connections and friendships have in helping us through the coldest of months from 17th-30th January.
Together we’ll be normalising talking about loneliness over the next two weeks, and we’d love for you to join us. You could share your experience with someone, reach out to a friend or relative who may be lonely, or bring people together in your local community or in your workplace. Some of these ideas take no planning time at all so it’s not too late to get started, and you can visit our website for helpful tips and tricks.
New Courses, New You!
Want to learn something new or boost your skills in 2022? Calderdale Adult Learning has a great range of courses starting between January and March, from English, Maths and ESOL to 3D sculpture and yoga.
Maths and English courses are free and they’re currently offering 50% off all other courses. Visit the website for more details. https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/education-and-learning/adult-learning/
Healthy Minds Wednesday Drop-in is back
These sessions are an opportunity to get help, support, or to chat to us and find out more about our services. To stay as safe as possible, the drop-in will be by appointment only.
Please book by texting or calling: Hayley 07845014927, Main office 01422 345154
Find us every Wednesday 1pm -3pm at: 1 King Street, Halifax, HX1 1SR
WEA Course – Make your Experience Count
Wednesday 26 January 10am-12pm 7 (sessions online)
By the end of the course you will have reviewed your skills and experience, considered your options and opportunities, identified possible challenges and how to overcome them, and set some realistic goals for the future.
Course reference C3679884
To enrol please quote the course reference either online at:
or call 0300 303 346
If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a free course.
Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind (S2R/Create Space)
This month we’ll be running a natural products Aromatherapy course at the Taleem Centre, and some Mindful Social Stitching sessions at Boothroyd Academy. If you fancy getting outside for a breath of fresh air, why not join in with our Wednesday Wanders and have a gentle stroll around beautiful Earlsheaton Park. Or why not join our brand new six-week Sewing Machine Course from 12:30 – 2:30pm on Wednesdays at Boothroyd Academy and learn how to make yourself a handy zipped pouch and a useful tote bag!
Take a look at our latest Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind Schedule below and email: email@example.com or call/text 07895 510 433 to book your place on a session
Free Drumming for Wellbeing Courses funded by Central England Co-operative.
Holmfirth – Wednesdays 10-11.30am
23rd & 30th March
Denby Dale – Thursdays 10-11.30am
24th & 31st March
Did you know that group drumming reduces stress, strengthens the immune system and boosts fitness?
These two hands-on courses teach participants the benefits of playing percussion together. Learn to play the different percussion instruments as a group supported by members of the Samba Band. This friendly class is run by professional Community Percussionist Katie Mallard. Suitable for all adults.
or contact Katie 07736 049089
Make the Most of You is back in 2022. This course is ideal for those who are lacking in confidence, uncertain of what their future career looks like or had time out due to raising families or caring responsibilities. I
Make the Most of You covers the following topics:
- Self-assessments and personality tests
- Team Working and Problem Solving
- Unique Selling Points
- Mindfulness and Mindful Action Planning
Start date : 25th January
4 sessions over a two week period delivered via zoom
Eligible for Calderdale residents, 19+, unemployed or working very little hours.
For more info contact:
Caroline Keating on: 01484 213858
Warmer Winter Drop In
Come for a free cup of tea and a chat at the Greenwood Centre in Ravensthorpe between 1.30pm and 4pm on Thursday afternoons to discuss your wellbeing.
The Wellness Service and Community Plus are there to chat with you about your personal wellbeing, as well as having the Green Doctors on hand to discuss your home energy usage and to help you reduce your utility bills, too.
The Uniform Exchange are also providing the opportunity to get a free warm winter coat for your little ones, as well as MAU providing direct access to their dedicated free money and debt management advice line to discuss any concerns you may have with your personal finances.
Drop in to see us on any Thursday afternoon until 24th February
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Stay safe and reach out!
The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team
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