Weekly Update

College News

July 14, 2023

Welcome to the weekly update. Ever thought why our College is called the “Recovery” and Wellbeing College? Often we think of “recovery” as returning to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. In reality many of us have long term health needs and suffer with symptoms and ongoing difficulties for a long time, but this does not mean we can’t “recover” a life of value and worth. We can do this by focussing on the things we can do, enjoy and want to have in our lives. Focussing on re-building our lives rather than just our health is a positive way in which we can take back some control and re-discover the things we may have lost on the way. One of the joys of our college is that we see the process of Recovery in our leaners, volunteers and staff each day and that journey and process is defined by each person but shared and supported with others. Are you recovering a life worth living and can you inspire others to do the same? Please share with us your story by getting in contact with us:

Email: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk or Telephone: 07717 867911

Meanwhile you might want to read some inspiring stories here on our blog page about how others are rebuilding and recovering a life of value again.


Well done to the Music-Making Minds group who completed a song writing course and performed at the Tolson Museum on Thursday! We will have another song writing course on offer soon in Calderdale!


Watch this space for courses coming soon in September onwards!


We have a few spaces remaining on our courses below before the summer break so do book on if you don’t want to miss out! If you enjoy nature and tranquillity why not join our Go Fish course in August. Details below.


Recovery & Wellbeing College Courses


Last few places…


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


The M Word: Menopause Awareness


Wednesday 26th July 6.00-7.00pm

This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of the menopause; the symptoms, how it may affect you and, most importantly what you can do to manage it.  During this one-off online workshop, delivered by a qualified Health & Wellbeing Practitioner and in partnership with Henpicked, we will discuss the perimenopause, post menopause and everything in between to help you on your own unique journey during this stage of life.  Information will also be shared about how and where you can access support.  This session is open to people of all genders to enable better understanding of the menopause and how to support those going through it.

This course is available to learners from Calderdale and Kirklees


The M Word: Menopause Awareness online


Go Fish! (Beginners Course)

Hillhouse, HD9 6QR

Thursday 10th August 4.00-7.00pm (8 weeks)

Fishing is a fun, social and inclusive activity that has proven health benefits.  This free 8-week angling course gives learners the opportunity to escape the daily demands of life by being in nature, away from the world of technology and the chance to learn a new skill.  Learners will discover the equipment and techniques most commonly used in the pursuit of freshwater fish.  Delivered by a social enterprise that specialises in outdoor activities, Eden Forest CIC will introduce you to a sport that may transform your life!  At the very least it will provide you with the chance to have a laugh, create memories, make new friends, and maybe, just maybe catch a few fish!  This course is suitable for beginners and is delivered by qualified, licensed, experienced coaches and all equipment is provided.

Go Fish! (Beginners Course)


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:


Have your say on mental health services in Kirklees

Kirklees council want you to have your say about commissioned services for people with mental health.

Visit: online1.snapsurveys.com/mhservices to help them identify future needs & improvements.

S2R The Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind project is back!

This month sessions are taking place in Dewsbury South, East and West wards at: Cloggs Coffee Shop and Westborough Methodist Church every Wednesday, at Dewsbury Library and St. Paulinus Parochial Hall every Friday and at Thornhill Lees Community Centre on both Tuesdays and Fridays.

No need to book, just turn up on the day. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

To look at the full programme of activities and events form S2R this month click the link below:

Download July Schedule


Richmond Fellowship

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.

Food and Household budgeting online

18th August 1-3pm

Offers practical advice and tips on how to make large savings on your food shop and how to make sure that your household bills don’t cost a fortune

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


Cost of Living information:

Click the link below to find links to websites and workbooks that can provide help and advice with money, debt and the cost of living.

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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