Weekly Update

College News

June 8, 2023

Welcome to the weekly update with lots of information on available courses and community offers.

It is great to see you book onto our courses. Many of which are now full or nearly full! Please remember to attend all your sessions and let us know if you can’t attend so we can give your place to someone else.

This week we had a visit from the Chair, Marie and Deputy Chair, Mandy of our Trust. They met some of our volunteers who told them about their experiences of being part of our College.

It was great to hear how they had started as learners progressed to being volunteers, some becoming paid members of staff. Recovery is not about getting better so much as it is about living a life of value and worth. Our hope is that our courses help you find the value in life even if things are difficult.

Please show your support to our Song Writers – who have found the value of music by joining them for a live performance of their work – Music-Making Minds. (see below for details)


Dates for your diary of free events:


Mission to Mend Community Roadshow

On Friday 16 June at 12.30pm – 4.30pm

At Calderdale & Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Pathways, Nettleton Road, Mirfield WF14 9AQ

We would love to invite you, friends and family on a Mission to Mend – a celebration of community textile sewing for repair. Following a series of repair and textile heritage workshops with the local community, the roadshow event will bring together the best of local sewing and celebrate with talks, demonstrations, workshops, an exhibition and music.

Learning simple techniques for textile repair is beneficial for both people and planet. It reduces textile waste, saves money and improves wellbeing by developing hand skills and everyday creativity.

The roadshow is open to everyone, family friendly, and sewing participation is encouraged (but not essential!).

No booking is required.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Music-Making Minds!

Thursday 13th July 2023  2.00 – 3.00 pm

Tolson Museum, Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, HD5 8DJ

Come and show your support for your fellow learners by coming and joining us for a free live performance of exciting original music written by participants at the Kirklees Recovery College song writing course, supported by Creative Minds.

This is all part of the celebrating Kirklees Year of Music.

It is free and everyone is welcome. To book, simply:

Call: 07717 867911 or email: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk


Recovery & Wellbeing College Courses


Please note we only advertise courses that are new or have spaces below. Please go to our course page on our website for a full listing of our courses.

Last few places…


Mindful Eating-Eating for Wellbeing

Outback Community Garden, Lightowler Road, HX1 5NB

Thursday 8th June 10.00am-12.00pm (1 week)

This friendly and relaxed taster session workshop will explore the links between food and mood and provide practical hints and tips about how you can eat well to feel well. It will be held in the relaxing Outback Garden, we hope that you can join in.

Mindful Eating-Eating for Wellbeing – Outback Garden

Write Time for Wellbeing taster

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

Monday 12th June 2023 10.30am – 12.30pm (1 week)

Come and join us for this one-off taster session which offers you a chance to try some of the techniques we use in our popular Write Time for Wellbeing course.

During the session we will be involved in a type of mindfulness, using writing to provide the space and time to reflect on our thoughts and feelings in the here and now. This can help boost mood, raise self-awareness and create feelings of calm and contentment, and provide tools we can use to cope better with the stresses and challenges we face in life. A longer Write Time for Wellbeing course is planned for the autumn, watch out for the dates if you enjoy this taster workshop!

Write Time for Wellbeing taster

Go Fish! (Intermediate Course)

Hillhouse, HD9 6QR

Tuesday 13th June 4.00-7.00pm (8 weeks finishes 1st August)

Have you previously experienced the fun, social and inclusive activity that is fishing?  If so, this 8 week intermediate course is for you!  Whether you consider yourself a beginner or are more experienced you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and adapt what you have already learnt about angling.  Over the sessions you will be able to get comfortable with your own techniques, will learn how to consider both the weather and the environment and how to use these to the best advantage in the pursuit of a good catch!  You will also have the chance to try potentially new techniques such as fly fishing.  This course is suitable for those who have attended the previous Go Fish Beginners course through the College or for those who have some knowledge of angling but would like to gain more confidence and experience.  All equipment provided.

Go Fish! (Intermediate Course)


Wellbeing Walk at Ogden Water

Ogden Water, Main Car Park, Ogden Lane, Keighley Road, Halifax HX2 8YA

Thursday 20th July 11.30am-1.30pm (1 week)

Come along and join us for a relaxing and creative walk around the stunningly beautiful and tranquil setting of Ogden Water, just outside of Halifax! You will be guided on a gentle stroll around the reservoir where you can get in touch with nature and experience a sense of peace whilst enjoying some gentle exercise. We will be providing some creative activities during the walk where you will get a chance to do some photography and make some nature mandalas. We look forward to welcoming you on the day!

Ogden water has paths and is relatively flat, with some small hills. The walk will be approximately 1 mile. We feel that this will be suitable for people with low to moderate fitness abilities. There are paths that lead out in to hilly/wooded areas for individuals who would like to do a more challenging walk.

Wellbeing Walk at Ogden Water


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:

Richmond Fellowship

Stress Management online

10th July 1-3pm

Examines all aspects of how Stress can affect us and how it has a negative impact on your mental
wellbeing, looking at methods and new ways of thinking that can drastically reduce stress levels in our
daily lives.

Self-esteem and Resilience online

13th July 1-3pm

Examines what self-esteem and resilience is, how it affects us, and how we can build and maintain
positive self-esteem for ourselves.

Ways to Wellbeing

The Branch at The Jubilee Centre, Huddersfield

7th July 1-3pm

Explores all aspects of improving and maintaining mental health through practical means that people
can use daily.

Mood and Food online

21st July 1-3pm

Explores how food can affect our mental wellbeing in a positive and negative way and general tips on
what to eat to improve your mental health.

For more information or to book a place please contact:
Karl Jackson-Lander:
Mobile: 07909 993203
Email: Karl.Jackson-Lander@richmondfellowship.org.uk

Huddersfield Office: The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland St, HD1 1RL
Dewsbury Office: Connect Housing: 21 Bond Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1AX

Cycle for Health

New  Cycle for Health | Cycling UK course aims to improve health and wellbeing through instructor led cycle training and led rides for 2 hours each week over 8 consecutive weeks.

To view and book all courses please use our new Cycle for Health Eventbrite page. We’ve designed the Eventbrite order form to allow referral partners to book on behalf of others. Priority will be given to people booked via a referral partner.

People experiencing health and wellbeing challenges who are not linked to a support organisation can also use Eventbrite to book onto a course.

We will continue to add more courses to Eventbrite in the coming weeks and update you via email but please click on Follow at the bottom of the above Eventbrite page to stay updated. We’ll also be sharing via our Cycling UK Yorkshire and the Humber Facebook.

If you’d like any help using Eventbrite to book for yourself or someone you support, or you’d like to book a course entirely for you organisation, please contact us directly.

Cycle for Health Project Team

Cycling UK

Direct Line: 01483 904562

Email: cycleforhealth@cyclinguk.org

Web: cyclinguk.org

Holmfirth arts festival – ‘art in the landscape’ opening Friday 16 June, 6.30pm

Earthworks New Mill Community Garden, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7ER, UK

Creative Minds invite you to the opening where there will be a campfire, live music by Reuben Monroe and refreshments. Book your free place.


Free Wild Plant Walks

Join Growing Works free Wild Plant Walks to find out more about plants and have an enjoyable walk.

The final walk is on Thursday 22nd June 6pm – 8pm at Greenhead Park and focuses on wellbeing and plant identification.

For more details or to book a place contact Rachel at info@growing.org.uk

WOVEN Foraging Walk for Natural Dyes

24th June  10am-12pm  Huddersfield

The exact starting point of this Huddersfield based session will be confirmed closer to the time, however good walking shoes are recommended as you may wander off the beaten track. As part of this guided walk, you can expect an educational journey, stopping along the way to learn, share and forage. More info and free tickets are available on Eventbrite:

Eventbrite- foraging-walk-for-natural-dyes

For more information about the Growing Colour Together project and a full list of events:

Email: woven@hatchprojects.org.uk



S2R: Your Health in Mind Dewsbury

Your Health in Mind is a project run by S2R, offering wellbeing activities and drop-ins to help you build social connections and confidence, taking place at different venues in Dewsbury.

This month, they’ve got drop-in sessions taking place from 10am – 1pm in Dewsbury South, East and West wards at:

  • Ashworth Lodge on Thursday  15th June
  • St. Paulinus Parochial Hall on Friday 16th June
  • Thornhill Lees Community Centre on Tuesday 13th and 20th June.
  • Plus six weeks of gentle Yoga sessions starting on Wednesday 21st June at Westborough Methodist Church.

No need to book, just turn up on the day. Sessions are suitable for ages 18+ only

For more information email contact@s2r.org.uk



Speak Their Name – Kirklees Suicide and Bereavement Memorial Quilt Roadshow:

The Kirklees Suicide Memorial and Bereavement Quilt Roadshow is a travelling exhibition of memorial quilts made by family members and friends of those who have either died by suicide or due to other reasons. Each quilt is a unique and personal tribute, filled with memories and messages of love and hope. The roadshow aims to bring together people in Kirklees to share lived experiences, help reduce the stigma, encourage conversations and reduce isolation of those bereaved. It will be making stops at several venues in Kirklees, where you can drop-in for free, view the quilts and meet others affected by bereavement.

Ravensthorpe Community Centre, 24 Garden Street, Ravensthorpe

  • 10 June 11am – 2.30pm
  • 11 June 11am – 4pm
  • 12 June 10.30am – 4pm

Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield

  • 13 June 10.30am – 3pm
  • 14 June 11am – 3pm
  • 15 June 11am – 3pm

St James Church, St James Way, Rawthorpe, Huddersfield

  • 18 June 10am – 5pm

Al-Hikmah Centre, 28 Track Road, Batley

  • 19 June 10am – 6pm
  • 20 June 9am – 4.30pm

Huddersfield Sikh Temple, Prospect Street, Springwood, Huddersfield

  • 25 June 11am – 5pm

Meltham Carlile Institute, Huddersfield Road, Meltham

  • 26 June 10am – 5pm

Trinity Methodist Church, Community Rooms, Trinity Street, Mirfield

  • 27 June 12pm – 5pm

Jamia Masjid Ghausia Mosque, 73 Victoria Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield

  • 5 July 10am – 4.30pm

Dewsbury Library, Railway Street, Dewsbury

  • 6 July 10am – 7.30pm
  • 7 July 9.30am – 5pm


For more information: Speak Their Name Suicide Memorial Quilt Roadshow Tour Kirklees, Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield, June 13 2023 | AllEvents.in


Community Conversations. Help prevent deaths by suicide

Leeds Mind are wanting to find out more about people’s experience of asking for help with their mental health

What worked for you? What didn’t? Was anything missing?

Answers will be anonymised and conversations will go into a report that will make recommendations for changes in care, to prevent death by suicide.

Conversations are 1 to 1 or in a group, hosted by volunteers.

Want to get involved?

Contact Arlie for more information on 07976921776 or arlie.haslam@leedsmind.org.uk


Cost of Living information:

We have added a new section to our resources page about where you can find help with the cost of living.

This is where you will find links to websites and workbooks that can provide help and advice with money, debt and staying warm.

Cost of Living Information – Calderdale and Kirklees


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Have a great weekend

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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