Weekly Update

College News

October 12, 2023

Welcome to the weekly update. Please read on to see what courses we have on offer and don’t forget to go directly to our course timetable for a full menu of courses. You may be missing out if you don’t!

Did you know we have three principles by which we work at the college? We want to inspire hope, to help you take and feel in control of your life and be able to take responsibility for your wellbeing. If you have made it here, you have done the hard part!  We are a small team with a bigger team of friends, volunteers and you! There is no them and us – just us! So please remember if you are struggling to get here we understand and will make you feel welcome. Just remember to do your bit and tell us so we can help.

Free Annual Health Checks

Did you know you are entitled to a free Annual Health Check if you have a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar Disorder or Psychosis?

Prevention is better than cure and a health check can be a good way to prevent any potential health problems from developing.

However, the uptake of a free health check is very low, meaning that many people could be facing serious health issues without even realising it.

We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas to help encourage the residents of Calderdale to book a health check appointment with their GP Practise.

This could include sharing your experience of attending a health check, attending meetings, workshops, and training events. This work could literally save lives.

If you can help, please call or email the college for more information you could literally be a life saver!



College Courses on offer:

You might be missing out on courses. Go directly to our course page on our website.

We don’t advertise all the courses we have on offer in the weekly update. Please click the icon below to go straight to our course timetable.


Last Chance…


Huddersfield Heritage Walk

Huddersfield Railway Station, Huddersfield Railway Station

Friday 20th October 10.30-12.00pm (1 week)

Local history can play an important part in developing a sense of pride and belonging in our local community.  So, join us as we discover some of Huddersfield’s surprising past!  As we amble along you will see some of the magnificent old buildings throughout the town centre and will learn from our friendly volunteer facilitators, a little about the history of these majestic buildings – and their subsequent fates!

Huddersfield Heritage Walk


Brand New…

Handmade Doodle Books

Hope Street Resource Centre, Hope Street Halifax HX1 5DW

Monday 6th November 10.30am-12.30pm (6 weeks)

Please note the change of venue on 27th November to Artworks for the remainder of the course. Details on how to get there and meet will be provided on the course.

This brand-new course has been inspired by our popular and well received Mindful Doodles course. You will have the opportunity to create a collection of simple handmade books, filled with colourful patterns. No previous drawing experience is required and as always will be delivered in a gentle, friendly environment.

All course materials and resources are provided free of charge!

This course is great as a mindfulness activity taking you away from negative thoughts, worries and focusing your attention on the present moment.

We will run the second half of the course at Artworks, who have activities on offer to inspire your artistic talents should you wish to continue your creative journey.

This face-to-face course will be facilitated by our well-liked Creative Practitioner duo Sarah and Sara.

We would love you to come and join us so please book on asap!

 Please note the change of venue on 27th November to Artworks for the remainder of the course. Details on how to get there and meet will be provided on the course.

Handmade Doodle Books – Calderdale

Knitting for Wellbeing

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

Tuesday 7th November 10.00am-12.00pm (6 weeks)

Did you know that knitting can reduce depression and anxiety, boost feelings of wellbeing and help you to cope with pain?  These are just a few of the many benefits to this wonderful activity.  This course, kindly delivered by our partners at Kirklees Success Centre is suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, so come along and have some creative fun on this practical six week course.  Yarn and knitting needles will be provided.

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

Knitting for Wellbeing – Kirklees

Wellbeing Toolkit

Hope Street Resource Centre, Hope Street Halifax HX1 5DW

Thursday 9th November 12.30-3.00pm (5 weeks)

This  course is designed to help you recognise the importance of practicing self-care, finding balance in your life and discovering your own personal wellness tools to help you live life well.  We will do this using practical creative activities, fun and group discussion.  During the course we will look at positive and negative thoughts and their impact.  We will discuss simple tools and strategies to help you deal with the highs and lows of life. Throughout the course you will develop a personal wellbeing toolkit, by the end of the course you will be armed with your own unique wellness activities and tools.

Wellbeing Toolkit – Calderdale

Be quick spaces filling up fast for…



Thursday 19th October 11.00am-12.00 (8 weeks)

Mindfulness is a life skill we can all learn. It involves the ability to become aware of what is happening in the present moment, rather than being on automatic pilot, without worrying or judging. Being mindful provides us with the opportunity to respond to difficult events and situations in new ways. This 8 week online course using MS Teams, looks at the origins of mindfulness, core practices and its potential to be used to combat stress. Together, we will explore the various tools and techniques used, to gain a better understanding of mindfulness and its purpose.

This course aims to help you manage everyday stress and anxiety which can improve both your quality of life and  relationships. This can help you become more resilient and able to move forward with your life goals.

Mindfulness – Online


Creative Wellbeing Walks

Sowerby Bridge Canal

Thursday 19th October 11.30am -2.30pm

Manor Heath Park, Manor Heath Park, Halifax

Thursday 26th October 11.30am -2.30pm

Come with us (Mick and Jess) to enjoy the great outdoors and walk in beautiful tranquil settings across Calderdale. This will include Ogden water, Manor Heath Park, Sowerby Bridge Canal and Shibden Park. We will also introduce you to some creative activities during the walking sessions. This will include arts and crafts, photography and music. Please join us on our wellbeing adventure and learn some new ways to boost your mood.

The walk will be gentle and designed for beginners with breaks for creative activities just remember to  bring a packed lunch and appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather.

Creative Wellbeing Walks – Calderdale


Self-Care for Carers


Wednesday 1st November 1.30-3.30pm (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.

Please note that due to funding this course is for carers residing in Kirklees only.

Self-Care for Carers – Online (Kirklees)


Please remember that if you are already enrolled with the College, there is no need to enrol again.  Just get in touch via email or telephone to book on your chosen course or workshop.

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



Other Community Offers:


Do you want support with managing your mental health?

Join us to find out about what mental health activities and services can support you. Come along for a cuppa with a Mental Health Social Prescribing Link Worker and connect with others.

Dewsbury Library, Railway Street, Dewsbury WF12 8EB
Monday 23 October 2pm – 4pm

For more information contact:
Vicki Stratford M: 07528 252002

Our Recovery College will have a stand therel! So Pop down and say hello!



Friendship Café, Mirfield

Feeling lonely or isolated? Need a bit of company? Why not join like-minded people at Mirfield Library once a month for a cuppa, a piece of cake and a good old chat?

First Friday of every month at Mirfield Library, 10.30am – 12pm.



Healthy Minds, Calderdale

Healthy Minds offers a range of free support for anybody who lives or works in Calderdale. You don’t need to be referred, just get in touch with the relevant worker beforehand to join a group or activity.

Healthy Minds provides a range of services including drop-in sessions, peer support groups, Walks for Wellbeing and welfare rights information.

See their What’s On calendar for details of current groups and events. Information about how to join a group or session is included in individual event descriptions:

Healthy Minds What’s On Calendar




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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We hope you have a great weekend

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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