Weekly Update

College News

November 1, 2023

Welcome to the Weekly Update! Check out any courses which still have last minute availability, find out what is happening elsewhere in the community and don’t forget to visit our website where you can now find details of some of our courses starting in the New Year!

You can go directly to our course timetable for a full menu of courses. You may be missing out if you don’t!

Remember if you are struggling with anxiety and that is stopping you getting to a course, please do call us so we can look out for you and give you an extra warm welcome! We understand that anxiety can be very distressing but you can move forward with a bit of support and understanding.

College Courses on offer:

Last chance…

Handmade Doodle Books

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

Monday 13th November 10.30am-12.30pm (5 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 during 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, the sessions 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 last three weeks 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!

Handmade Doodle Books – Calderdale



How to Manage Stress

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

Tuesday 7 November at 1pm – 3pm (2 weeks)

This informative and useful two-week course, kindly offered by our partners at the Richmond Fellowship, looks at the causes, symptoms and impact of stress.  With the help of friendly facilitator, Karl, it will help you examine how to recognise – and effectively combat stress in your daily life in a relaxed, safe and supportive environment alongside other learners.

Please note that due to Richmond Fellowship’s funding this course is only available to learners living in Kirklees.

How to Manage Stress



Other Upcoming Courses…

Medication and Me: Understanding the pros and cons of mental health meds

Folly Hall, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield HD1 3LT

Monday 13th November at 12.30pm-2.30pm (1 week)

Many of us take prescribed medication throughout our lives to help with our mental health. This can provide the hope of regaining what we feel we have lost, but there can be negative effects too – everybody’s experience is different.

Join us as we explore the world of mental health medication, and learn about the different ways these drugs can affect us, both in helpful ways, and their potential side effects. This one-off session, delivered by the Deputy Chief Pharmacist at Fieldhead Hospital alongside a RWC Volunteer, focuses on how commonly prescribed mental health medications work, how we can get the most from them, and how to work with prescribers to get answers to any queries or concerns.

Medication and Me: understanding the pros and cons



Christmas Craft: Snowflakes

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

Tuesday 28th November 10am-12pm (1 week)

During this one-off festive winter workshop, delivered by Sara, our fabulous Creative Practitioner, we will discover how to create handmade decorations for our homes and/or cards and gifts. Using nothing but a pencil, paper and scissors we will make beautiful snowflake decorations in a friendly and informal setting where we can spend a little time focusing on this simple activity and distract ourselves from the stress of the busy season ahead.  No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.  Materials provided.

Christmas Craft: Snowflakes – Calderdale



Christmas Craft: Decorations

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

Tuesday 5th December 10am-12pm (1 week)

Engaging in arts and crafts can be a great way to improve our sense of wellbeing and, with the busy festive season ahead, this one-off winter workshop is a great opportunity to focus on a simple activity and forget about our worries for a while.  Alongside, our wonderful Creative Practitioner, Sara, we will learn how to create a fabulous decoration to display in our homes, on our trees or even to decorate gifts.  No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.  Materials provided.

Please note that our craft room at the Recovery & Wellbeing College in Mirfield is based upstairs and is no lift available.  Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any access issues, so we can make every effort to meet your needs. 

Christmas Craft: Decorations – Calderdale and Kirklees




Food & Household Budgeting

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

Tuesday 5 December at 1pm – 3pm (2 weeks)

Delivered by the ever lovely, Karl from The Richmond Fellowship, this two-week course looks at how we can make the most out of our money when doing our food shopping.  We will also learn ways to make our household budget go further.  During this friendly and informative session, we will share hints and tips to save energy and discover organisations who can provide support to anyone struggling with money issues.

Please note that due to Richmond Fellowship’s funding this course is only available to learners living in Kirklees.

Food & Household Budgeting – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (calderdalekirkleesrc.nhs.uk)

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

Covid rates are rising and very high at the moment. Please don’t spread your germs if you have any symptoms remember to stay at home! Thanks



Other Community Offers:

Tree Planting in Kirklees

If you fancy getting outdoors and doing your bit for the environment and the local area, then why not join this upcoming tree planting session? It forms part of Kirklees council’s woodland creation programme, under the White Rose Forest. The aim is to contribute to long-term carbon storage, reverse biodiversity decline and provide high quality woodlands for our communities.

This is an open session for volunteers, and you can stay as long as you like during the event times. Please wear study footwear, dress for the weather and bring your own refreshments. There are no toilet facilities on site and parking is available on nearby streets. Please meet at the bus stop on the junction of Wood Lane, Lowerhouses Lane and Fanny Moor Lane – the site is a very short walk from there.

Tools, trees and gloves will be provided.

For further information about Kirklees Council’s woodland creation programme please follow this link: Woodland creation | Kirklees Council.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Trees-Woodlands@Kirklees.gov.uk

To attend this free event, follow this link to book your place: Tree Planting in Kirklees – Newsome Ward Tickets, Wed 6 Dec 2023 at 13:30 | Eventbrite

You can read about our very own Recovery College Co-ordinator, Rachel’s uplifting experience of tree-planting and learn about how it can boost wellbeing in her blog post here: The Five Ways to Wellbeing – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (calderdalekirkleesrc.nhs.uk)


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 avert 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!


Invictus Wellbeing Drop-in for young people in Calderdale

Edshift, 7 Harrison Road, Halifax, HX1 2AF

EXCITING NEWS!  New drop-in and peer support groups in Halifax will be running every Tuesday from 5-6pm for 14-17s & 6-7pm for 18-25s and are completely free.

Theses will be confidential safe spaces for any young person needing support. No need for a referral, you can just turn up and meet the friendly staff.

For more info head to: https://www.invictuswellbeing.com/dropin

If you’re a parent or young person with any questions, you can also text Katie on 07734452169


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

Cost of Living Payment dates announced

Millions of eligible households on means-tested benefits across the UK will receive £300 directly from the Department for Work and Pensions between 31 October and 19 November. This is the second of 3 direct payments totalling up to £900. Eligible pensioner households will also receive a further £300 payment later this year (link).

Small Interest Free Loans of £50 and £250 with financial incentives launched

Calderdale Credit Union (CCU) and Calderdale Council have recently launched a new scheme to offer affordable lending to low-income households. Residents can self-refer or be referred by a partner organisation. For further information and to apply contact CCU.

Gambling Understood

A new website called ‘Gambling Understood’ has been launched by the Association of Directors of Public Health Yorkshire and Humber to bring together reliable information and support about gambling in one place (link)

Free Community Christmas Day Dinner

Join us at the Longcauseway Church Dewsbury. This event is open to anyone

Book on by calling 07398 735530 or visit our Units 34-34a Cloth Hall Street, Crackenedge Lane, Dewsbury WF13 1QE


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We hope you have a great weekend 🙂

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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