Weekly Update

College News

March 23, 2023

Welcome to the weekly update with brand new courses below including Weight off your mind exploring our relationship with food!

We would like to wish our learners and volunteers ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ if you are observing the month of Ramadan.

We have the usual round up of information about upcoming courses at the College, cost of living support, and a range of local community initiatives so please read on.





OR Email: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk


Recovery & Wellbeing College Courses

Last chance…

Overgrown: Plant Identification

Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

Monday 27th March 10.30am-12.30pm (1 week)

Join us as we take a gentle stroll around the local area in Mirfield and discover for ourselves the huge array and variety of common plants that we see everywhere under our feet.  Whether you consider them to be weeds or wildflowers, you will learn some of the amazing uses of these wonderful plants.  As this course is delivered outside, please dress appropriately for the weather.

Overgrown: Plant Identification



Weight off your mind


Monday 17th April 6.30-8.30pm (1 week)

In this supportive one-off online workshop, Caroline from Kirklees Success Centre will help you to understand why we may sometimes turn to binge eating, and eating for comfort, when facing challenging emotions.  You will learn tools to help you to get control over this type of eating by changing your mindset and building motivation for positive change. The activities in this workshop are designed to help you gain control over what you eat, instead of the desire to eat controlling you!

Please bring a favourite drink or snack to the session for one of the activities – this can be anything, but preferably something you consider a treat.

Please note this session is not suitable for anyone currently experiencing anorexia or bulimia, nor anyone recovering from these issues.

Weight off your mind – Online

Looking ahead!

Song Writing!

Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

Thursday 20th April, 12.30pm – 2.30pm (13 weeks)

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? Would you enjoy performing your music to a live audience? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the course for you!

In this free 13-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 and performing 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 perform your song as a group to a live audience at a museum based in Kirklees on the final week of the course, as part of the Kirklees Year of Music: Kirklees Year of Music 2023. You will be able to keep a recording of the performance to have as a memory of your experience and what you have created!

Song Writing!

Dare to Dream

Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College hub – Mirfield

Friday 21st April, 10am – 1pm (7 weeks)

Delivered by our partners at Kirklees Success Centre, this inspiring seven-week course will help you to consider the next steps in your own personal journey.  With the valuable support of the Facilitator, Jane, we will discover how to set our own individual goals, identify any barriers and learn how to overcome these.  We will work together to develop ways to achieve our ambitions, which may relate to employment, volunteering or learning opportunities.  Over the sessions you will build confidence as well as discovering how to reduce stress and manage your time effectively.  Information about potential next steps will also be provided.

Dare to Dream


Quiet The Mind: The Practice of Meditation

Hope Street Resource Centre, Hope Street Halifax HX1 5DW

Tuesday 2nd May 1.30-3.00pm (4 weeks)

Are you always on the go; continually having somewhere to be and something to do?  Do you struggle to switch off and give your brain a well deserved break?  If so, this is the course for you!  Through four friendly and informative weekly sessions, we will learn some of the history and facts about meditation, the benefits of meditation, and how this practice can help us live in the present moment and experience comfort and stillness.  We will be learning how to meditate using a variety of techniques, and as a group we will discuss “The Power of Now”.

Quiet The Mind: The Practice of Meditation

Expressive Writing


Thursday 4th May 2023 11am-12.30pm (4 weeks)

Expressive writing is about self-expression. It helps us to think about our experiences and put our thoughts and feelings into words. In this welcoming course, we’ll take time to reflect and write in a safe, friendly and confidential atmosphere that fosters personal awareness and wellbeing.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re used to writing, the exercises and conversation will help you to write about your life and experiences; from a few lines to a story, from a list to a poem, from all the things you’ve missed over the past couple of years, to all the things you’ve gained. There’s no requirement to share what you write unless you choose to.

These friendly, online sessions will be facilitated by a professional writer and a College peer supporter. Each week we’ll consider a short piece of published writing and talk together about the impact the words have on us. Writing prompts and exercises will be offered, encouraging us to write about our own experiences, thoughts and feelings.

Delivered via our partner, the Royal Literary Fund.

Expressive Writing – Online

Steps to Success

Kirklees Recovery College, Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Pathways, Nettleton Rd, Mirfield, WF14 9AQ

Tuesday 9th May 10am-12.30pm (8 weeks)

Please note there is a pre-course session on 25th April!

This ever-popular and inspiring eight-week course delivered by Kirklees Success Centre introduces us to different strategies we can use to help develop our self-esteem, motivation and plans for the future.  It also looks at ways that we can make changes to our lives, if we so wish, either now or in the weeks, months or years ahead.  This course will help build confidence and teach us how to set realistic goals and empower us to take control of our futures in a positive and enlightening way.

The course includes an introductory pre-course session on Tuesday 25th April, 10.30-11.30am. This allows you to meet friendly facilitator, Caroline, and other learners who’ll be on the course, as well as complete the Kirklees Success Centre enrolment form before the course begins.

Please note there is a 2 week break during the course (no sessions on 30th May or 6th June), meaning the last session will be on 11th July.

Please be aware that due to funding from Kirklees Success Centre priority will be given to learners living in Kirklees. 

Steps to Success – Face-to-face

Self-Care for Carers

Kirklees Recovery College, Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Pathways, Nettleton Rd, Mirfield, WF14 9AQ

Wednesday 10th May 1-3pm  (4 weeks)

Delivered by our partners at Carers Count, this useful and informative four-week course will help you, as a carer to reflect on your role, discover your rights and where you can get support.  Together we will discuss, what self-care is and learn some helpful self-care practices and how we can incorporate these into our busy lives.  Over the weeks, you will have the opportunity to share your own experiences in this friendly and informal setting, with other carers and gain support from each other as well as learning how to improve and maintain a sense of wellbeing.

While this course is planned to be delivered face to face at the Recovery & Wellbeing College in Mirfield, we can offer this online instead should this option be preferred.  Please let us know your preference at the time of booking.

Self-Care for Carers – Face-to-face


You can see a full list of our upcoming courses by clicking here:


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 or 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:

Speak our music: An evening of discussion about music and mental health

Tuesday 28th March 6:00 – 8:00PM
The Crescent & Co CIC
40 Station Road, Batley, WF17 5SU

Join us for an evening of discussion about mental health and music as part of Kirklees Year of Music 2023. From hobbyists to professional musicians – all are welcome. Free food and drink will be provided. Each session will be hosted by an experienced musician/artist who will demonstrate their speciality and talk about how music and wellbeing have impacted their professional and creative life.

March’s event is hosted by Karen Clegg; a Broadway trained artist who has performed in numerous West End shows, Music Halls, Repertory Theatre, and appeared in TV and film.

Book your free ticket here
Places are limited and more sessions will run throughout 2023


Free courses and resources from Recovery College Online.

Recovery College online offers recovery-based online courses, information and resources, covering a wide range of mental health and wellbeing topics, as well as real life experiences and stories. Anyone can access the website and online courses. There is no need for a referral, you simply create a free account to access the online courses, or you can access the resources in any case.

All of our information and e-learning has been co-produced with people with a lived experience and professionals. Our information is for anyone – people that use services, carers, families, friends, staff, and anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing. We also offer information and resources specifically for young people and their families and supporters.

If you head to (www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk), at the top of the page it says ‘log in’; click this and it will take you to the e-learning site. Alternatively, you can head straight to the e-learning page here: https://lms.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/  to create a free online account – it’s easy and quick to do. We’ll then authorise your account and then you’ll be able to complete any of the courses. You can take the courses in your own time and at your own pace, and if you decide to leave a course before you’ve finished, when you next log in to your account, you can continue the course where you left off.

If you’re unsure of how to use Moodle, the e-learning site we use, there is a short course you can take called ‘Tutorial’, which will take you through using the site.


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.


18th of April 1-3pm (6 weeks)

Online zoom workshop

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



20th April 1-3pm (2 weeks)

Online zoom workshop

This workshop twill explore all aspects of improving Assertiveness skills, maintaining them and developing better communication skills.

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

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

Home – Kirklees Employment Service


Cost of Living information:

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!

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.



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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