Weekly Update

College News

August 10, 2023

Welcome to the weekly update, where you can read about courses and workshops on offer next term.

If you or someone you know might benefit from our courses but find it difficult to reach our Mirfield and Halifax hubs, please remember we are now also offering courses in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge and Honley, as well as continuing to offer courses online. For more details of all our courses and venues, take a look at the timetable by clicking the icon below. The more we all spread the word about what’s available from the College in different communities, the more people can benefit from the Recovery & Wellbeing College, and the more we can continue to provide this wider offer.

Our popular Go Fish! courses are based in the beautiful countryside around Honley. You can read about the inspiring and life-changing impact of this course and other courses offered by the College, in this uplifting blog written by learner Susan – just follow the link:

A Revelation! – Blog

We’re now taking bookings for courses that start next term, so don’t miss out! Find out more about what’s on offer by clicking below.

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


Not one but TWO job Opportunities with the Recovery & Wellbeing College in Wakefield!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two enthusiastic and proactive team secretaries to join the expanding Wakefield Recovery College team. These are both are full time posts. Please have a look if you’re interested, and tell anyone you think may want to apply!

Closing date: Wednesday 16th August 2023.

To find out more please head to NHS Jobs via the link below:

Job Advert (jobs.nhs.uk)


You don’t have to travel… we are running courses in Halifax, Huddersfield, Brighouse, and online:

In the Spotlight for next term:

Grow Well – Gardening for Wellbeing

Outback Community Garden, Lightowler Road, Halifax, HX1 5NB

Wednesday 13th September 10am-12.30pm (3 weeks)

Back by popular demand!  This fabulous three week Grow Well – Gardening for Wellbeing course provides the opportunity 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, everyone 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.

“The regular contact in a supportive environment helped me improve my self-confidence”

Previous learner of Grow Well

Grow Well – Gardening for Wellbeing


ROKT Climbing Development Course

ROKT Climbing Gym, Mill Royd St, Brighouse HD6 1EY

Monday 11th September 1-2.30pm (8 weeks)

Back by popular demand…Our Partners ROKT Climbing Gym are launching a free climbing course for our Calderdale and Kirklees Learners. During this Climbing Development course you will have a trained and experienced instructor with you to make sure that you are safe and you’ll be part of a group.

This  course is aimed at anyone who would like to use climbing to improve their wellbeing. Don’t be put off if you’ve never been climbing before-ROKT cater for every ability.

Please note this course is for learners who have not previously done a ROKT climbing course through the C&K Recovery and Wellbeing College.

ROKT Climbing Development Course


Growing in Confidence

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

Thursday 14 September 2023 at 1.30 – 3.30pm (7 weeks)

Come and join us for this positive and supportive course which will explore several ways of improving personal confidence and wellbeing using practical activities and group and paired discussions. Please come ready to join in and share your thoughts with others in a friendly setting – the course will be inspiring and also a lot of fun!

Please note that this course is provided by our partners at WEA, and due to their funding you must be aged 19 or older to attend. Places are free for anyone on benefits or a low income. Click the link for more information.

Growing in Confidence


Love to Move

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

Monday 18 September 2023 at 10.30am – 11.30am (4 weeks)

Join us for this brand new four-week course delivered by our partners at Huddersfield Town Foundation.  Through music and movement, together we will find rhythm to help us engage both our bodies and minds.  With the guidance and support of friendly facilitator, Sam, we will learn some gentle seated gymnastic based exercises and discover the social, physical, cognitive and emotional benefits of this fabulous course!  For anyone feeling particularly energetic, standing variations of these exercises will also be available.

Please note that this course is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Love to Move


Drawing for Wellbeing: Mindful Doodles


Tuesday 19 September 2023 at 10.30am – 12pm (4 weeks)

Taking some time out to focus on a mindful and creative activity can really help enhance our sense of wellbeing. So come and join us to learn simple, mindful drawing techniques including Neurographica, Mark Making, Repetitive Patterns and Zendoodles alongside other learners. No previous drawing experience is required for this relaxing online course, which will be facilitated by our Creative Practitioner, Sara Rose. Please note, a resources pack will be posted out to you with all the equipment you will need to complete this course, free of charge.

Drawing for Wellbeing: Mindful Doodles


Songwriting (with Creative Minds)

Hope Street Resource Centre, Hope Street, Halifax, HX1 5DW

Tuesday 19 September 2023 at 10:00-12:00 (6 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? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the course for you!

In this free 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 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 record and keep a copy of your group song at the end of the course.



Dare to Dream

Brian Jackson House, New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP

Friday 29th September 10.00am-1.00pm (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 friendly 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.

“It’s a really good way to find out what your strengths are and how to use these….”

Previous learner of Dare to Dream

Please note that due to funding this course is open to anyone aged 19+ living in Kirklees only.

Dare to Dream – Huddersfield


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!


Courses and other stuff from community organisations:


Musical Wellbeing Workshops from Hoot Creative Arts

There’s a reason why we tap our feet along to a beat – music and singing make us feel good, help us express our emotions, and are great for our wellbeing.

Singing for Wellbeing

Singing is proven to be good for our physical and mental health, and it’s great fun to sing with other people in a group. Hoot’s enthusiastic singing leader will guide you through songs in different styles. There’s no experience needed to join the weekly singing group and there’s no need to read music or sing solo. Groups run throughout the year.

Progress Music for Wellbeing

What is a progress music group? Join other participants in making your own music in an independent, supported environment. Improvise, create, jam and compose whatever music you would like in Hoot’s digital studio, making use of a wide range of instruments, synths and recording technology to create new music with others.

These groups are free for people who are:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Living in Kirklees
  • Wanting to look after their well-being and mental health (you don’t need a diagnosis to sign up)

Workshops take place at Hoot Creative Arts, Bates Mill, Milford St, Huddersfield, HD1 3DX

Telephone: 01484 516 224

Email: info@hootcreativearts.co.uk

Homepage | hoot creative arts



Community Yoga Classes with Umbrella Yoga

Our partners at Umbrella Yoga are offering free and donation-based yoga classes in various locations across Kirklees. These sessions are open to all, whether or not you have have any previous yoga experience and regardless of ability:

  • Batley – Trinity Centre, Tuesdays, 1-2pm
  • Dewsbury – Westborough Methodist Church, Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am
  • Dewsbury Moor Sure Start Centre, Fridays, 9.30-10.30am
  • Thornhill Lees Community Centre, Wednesdays, 6-7pm
  • Ravensthorpe – The Greenwood Centre, Thursdays, 11am – 1pm (yoga, cuppa & chat sessions)

Telephone: 07903 842438

Email: hello@umbrellayoga.co.uk

Home | Umbrella Yoga



Online Survey Calderdale

Calderdale Council, NHS and voluntary/community groups want local people to have happy and healthy lives. They are making a plan which is for the future of health and well-being support for people living, and working in Calderdale.

They want to hear from you and people you know. 

  • What helps people have good health and well-being.
  • How people find and use information and advice about being healthy.
  • Our plan to join up community health and well-being support and the difference we want the support to make.

You can answer these via:

Online Survey


Cycle for Health

Our new August /September funded adult 8 week Cycle for Health courses are now available to book via our Cycle for Health Eventbrite page. Please follow us on Eventbrite or share our Facebook posts. The course is design specifically to support adults experiencing health or wellbeing challenges improve confidence, skills and activity levels through instructor led cycle training and rides. Bike and helmets provided.

For more info:  cyclinguk.org; phone 01483 238301/01483 238300; email cycling@cyclinguk.org


S2R  Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind project continues!

What’s Coming Up in August 2023…

This month, we’ve got sessions taking place in Dewsbury South, East and West wards at: Cloggs Coffee Shop and Westborough Methodist Church every Wednesday, at Dewsbury Library every Friday and at Thornhill Lees Community Centre every Tuesday, plus some special sessions at the Taleem Community Centre and Dewsbury Country Park.

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

Download August Schedule

S2R Huddersfield 

Coming up this month…

We’ve got lots of brilliant sessions planned for August, including Birkby Walk, Jog, Run on Monday mornings, our friendly and welcoming Café Connections sessions on Wednesday mornings at Cloggs Café in Dewsbury and the brand-new Beaumont Park Gardening Group on Thursdays.

You MUST book before attending any of the Huddersfield sessions:

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

Download August Schedule

For more details, click on the schedule below or email us at contact@s2r.org.uk


Richmond Fellowship

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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