Weekly Update

College News

February 10, 2022

Welcome to the weekly update. Have a look below for further offers of courses – not just from us but from local community organisations too!

Are you the friendly and talented admin worker we’re looking for?

We’re currently looking for a highly motivated individual to provide friendly, sensitive and efficient administration for our Recovery and Wellbeing College in Kirklees. This is a rewarding, varied, full-time role requiring excellent interpersonal, organisational and time management skills. If this sounds like you and you’d like to join our friendly staff team, you can find out more and apply here: Administration Officer (jobs.nhs.uk)


Covid restrictions

We are waiting for further guidance from the NHS, so for now we 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


Help us to develop our College!

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 volunteersWednesday 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: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk


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:

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Courses starting soon…

Craft Workshop-Coiling

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.

Craft Workshop-Coiling – 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.

Weaving Workshop-God’s Eye – Outback Garden

Going Green

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!

Going Green – Face to Face

Women Get Moving!

Tuesdays: 1st, 8th and 15th March, 1:15pm-2:30pm 

Ladies – do you need to find ways to get a bit more active? Has exercising become more difficult for you due to illness or disability? Do you want to work off some festive excess after the holidays?! If so, why not come along to one (or more!) of our fun and gentle (and Covid-safe) workout sessions run by our partners at S2R? Each session will provide you with some simple exercises to get you moving while having a laugh with other women!

Each date is a separate bookable session so click the link below to see which would be perfect for you!

Women Get Moving! – Face to Face

To book a place on a course or to find out more please contact us or visit:



Free climbing courses from our partner ROKT…

Our partners, ROKT Climbing Gym, are launching more free climbing courses for our Calderdale and Kirklees Learners. Don’t be put off if you have never been climbing before as ROKT climbing courses are suited to beginners. You will have a trained and experienced instructor with you to make sure you are safe and you’ll be part of a group.

In addition to bouldering and climbing, you will also get the chance to try yoga and mindfulness and challenge your mental agility and problem solving skills in one of the ROKT ‘Escape Rooms’.

Did you know climbing is good for your mental and physical health and it is fun as well!

Tuesday Evening 6pm-7.30pm OR Wednesday Evening 6:30pm-8pm

To register your interest please see the details on our website: ROKT Climbing – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (calderdalekirkleesrc.nhs.uk)



Other initiatives from local organisations:

What’s on with S2R / Create Space:

S2R Huddersfield area:

There are lots of face-to-face sessions planned this month, including the return of the Peace Pit Growing Group, some brand-new women-only Thursday Wake Up Call! sessions at Active Bodies in Milnsbridge, and some gentle Wellbeing Walks in Greenhead Park.
S2R will also be running a variety of crafty and creative sessions at their Create Space building on Brook Street in Huddersfield town centre, including an Aromatherapy Shampoo and Conditioner workshop, some Maps and Apps Walk Planning sessions, and a delicious, home-made Chutney Making session with Byron.

Download February S2R Schedule

S2R Dewsbury area / Your Health in Mind

This month there will be 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 the Friday Wanderers and have a gentle stroll around Crow Nest Park. Or you could join the four-week Mindful Social Stitching course from 12:30 – 2:30pm on Tuesdays at Boothroyd Academy, and learn some new embroidery, couching and Hapa Zome techniques. 

Download February YHiM Schedule

You MUST book before attending any of these sessions.
To book an S2R session, call 07933 358800. To book a Dewsbury YHiM session, call 07895 510433.
Or email: contact@s2r.org.uk.



Midlife Plot Twist – new course by The Creative Map

Are you female, over 50, not currently working and…   ready for a Midlife Plot Twist?!

This free 12 week course will use music, writing and art to help you increase your confidence and gain clarity about your next step.

Workshops will be held at The Watershed, Slaithwaite (Wednesdays 12-2) and online via Zoom (Fridays 11-12).

To be eligible for a place, you must be:

  • A Kirklees resident
  • Over 50
  • Unemployed or economically inactive (not working)
  • Looking to return to learning or employment

For an informal chat call 07377 099501 or email: rachel@thecreativemapcic.com

Course starts 4th March for 12 weeks.  Applications close 25th February.


Free online courses from WEA

Skills for Volunteers: Monday 7th March, 10am – 12 noon for seven weeks. An introduction to the key skills of communication, assertiveness, time and stress management. It will cover essential knowledge related to policies and procedures including equality, diversity, inclusion, health and safety and safeguarding. Learners will also find out how to find and apply for volunteering opportunities.
Course reference: C3680426

Computer Skills for Work and Everyday Life: Friday 4 March, 5.00pm – 7.00pm for seven weeks. for students who want to improve their IT skills and improve their employability skills. You will look at ways to improve your confidence and develop your skills using different IT packages. We will look at using the internet, search engines for information, basic Microsoft Office applications, and using email appropriately.  Course reference: C3680455

Making Crotchet Jewellery: Tuesday 26 April, 2.15pm – 4.15pm for four weeks. In this online course students will make some beautiful
crochet jewellery, learning a few techniques to create earrings, necklaces and bracelets using fine thread and hooks, add beads and create some unique and very wearable jewellery. Course reference: C3679858

To enrol please quote the correct course reference, either online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or by ringing 0300 303 3464.


Healthy Minds Wednesday Drop-in, Calderdale

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


Warmer Winter Drop-in, Kirklees

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


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/


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.

Visit: www.rhythmstick.co.uk/book-a-course or contact Katie 07736 049089  www.facebook.com/valleybeatsdrumming


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Stay safe and reach out!


The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team

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