Weekly Update

College News

December 14, 2023

Welcome to the Weekly Update! We are very excited to announce we have more posts out to advert this week! See below for details about our Peer Project Support Worker Posts. 2024 looks like it will be an amazing year for us as we grow our college and increase our course offer. We will be using more venues across Calderdale and Kirklees so you don’t have to travel so far to get to a course. We still have courses with spaces in January and the New Year so do book on. See below for details.

Please note that the College will be closed from 22nd December until 3rd January

Brand New Peer Project Support Worker Posts x 2

We are pleased to announce we have two new 18.5 hours posts available at the College: Peer Project Support Worker to hep with the facilitation and co-production of courses at the Recovery College. Working in Kirklees.

Salary £22,816 to £24,336 a year a year (band 3) Closing date: 3rd January 2024

Click the link to find out more and apply: Job Advert Peer Worker

Please attend a briefing workshop to find out more on Thursday 21st December from 11am-12pm via Microsoft Teams

To book on:

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

For an informal discussion contact:

Matt Ellis – Principal: Matt.ellis@swyt.nhs.uk


Hope Street Resource Centre is closing next week so we will be running courses in different venues in and around Halifax and Calderdale. We have exciting plans to run courses in different locations in and around Halifax and Calderdale.

Have a look at our current timetable to find out more. Just click on the icon below:



College Courses on offer:


We understand that anxiety can be very distressing but you can move forward with a bit of support and understanding. 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!


Managing OCD

Folly Hall St Thomas Road, Huddersfield HD1 3LT

Tuesday 9th January 12.30-2.30pm (1week) 

Join us for this learning seminar as we develop knowledge and awareness of OCD, how OCD affects people and most importantly what we can do to manage it. The session will introduce proven, self-help techniques to teach you the skills to manage your own symptoms and become your own therapist. Delivered by our partners Kirklees Talking Therapies service, this learning seminar will be facilitated by two friendly psychological wellbeing practitioners.

Managing OCD – Online



Knitting for Wellbeing (Intermediate)

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

Tuesday 9th January 10am-12pm (4 weeks)

This new course is designed for learners who have previously completed the Knitting for Wellbeing (beginners) course or for those who have some experience of knitting but would like to gain more confidence and expand their knowledge.  Over four sessions, with help from friendly facilitator, Yvonne from Kirklees Success Centre, we will further develop our knitting skills and become more self-assured with needles and yarn, in a pleasant and welcoming setting alongside other learners.  All equipment provided.

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

Knitting for Wellbeing (Intermediate)


Weight Off Your Mind


Monday 15th January 10.00am-12.00pm (1 week)

In this supportive workshop, Caroline from Kirklees Success Centre will help us understand why we may sometimes turn to binge eating, and eating for comfort, when facing challenging emotions.  Together, we will learn tools to help us gain control over this type of eating by changing our mindset and building motivation for positive change. The activities in this workshop are designed to help us gain control over what we eat, instead of the desire to eat controlling us!

Please bring a favourite drink or snack to the session for one of the activities – this can be anything, but preferably something you consider a treat.

Please note this session is not suitable for anyone currently experiencing anorexia or bulimia, nor anyone recovering from these issues.

Weight Off Your Mind – Kirklees residents


Online Introduction to the Recovery College – for Professionals


Wednesday 17th January 10am-11am (1 weeks)

Are you a Social Prescriber?  Do you work in a health or social care setting?  Do you provide support to someone living with mental health issues? If so, this informal introductory session will provide you with useful information about the Recovery & Wellbeing College and how it can help the people you work with.  You will hear first hand, from some of our wonderful volunteers how attending the Recovery & Wellbeing College has positively impacted on their lives.  So join us and discover how to help others to live life well.

Online Introduction to the Recovery College

Confidence to Work

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

Tuesday 23rd January 1pm-3pm (6 weeks)

Whether you are new to the employment market, thinking of returning to work, looking for a different opportunity or considering volunteering, this helpful and constructive six-week course is designed to help build confidence and provide all the tools we need to help us into the workplace. Delivered by the ever lovely Karl at The Richmond Fellowship this course will provide tips for the application process, teach CV writing skills, interview preparation and how to disclose a mental health issue or disability.

Please note this course is only open to Kirklees residents.

Confidence to Work – RWC Kirklees

Brand new course at Everybody Arts (Artworks)

Lino Printing

Everybody Arts (formerly Artworks), Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET

Wednesday 24th January 12pm-2.30pm (4 weeks)

This is great opportunity to come to our new Creative hub at Everybody Arts. Join us for this fun, four-week course where together we will explore multi-layered block printing.  Alongside, a couple of our wonderful friendly volunteers, you will have the opportunity to design and carve multiple printing blocks using lino, which can then be layered to create beautiful multi-coloured prints. With access to a variety of tools and materials, you will learn different techniques and methods in a relaxed and informal environment.

Lino Printing – Everybody Arts Calderdale


Weaving Workshop: God’s Eye

Everybody Arts (formerly Artworks), Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET

Tuesday 23rd January 10am-12pm (1 week)

Join us for this wonderful creative workshop, where together we will learn simple weaving techniques using yarn to create a colourful, spiritual object called a ‘God’s Eye’ to decorate 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 one-off session delivered by Sara, our fab Creative Practitioner is a great introduction to weaving and an opportunity to meet other learners in a safe, friendly and informal setting.  All materials provided and no previous experience is necessary.

Weaving Workshop: God’s Eye


Gratitude Jar Workshop

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

Friday 26th January 10am-12pm

Come along and step into gratitude – both for those around you and as part of your own self-care. In this one-off workshop we will learn about the science of gratitude jars, how they can support our happiness, build positive relationships, and help us to appreciate all the good things in life.  We will each build a jar for someone special in our lives and start to create a jar for ourselves which we can use and build on throughout the year ahead.

Before attending this session, please think about who you want to gift the jar to and bring along any pictures, photos, or small mementos that you would like to include.  You can also bring a jar that is special to you, or alternatively we can provide one for you.

Please note that our Craft Room in Mirfield is based upstairs and there is no lift available.  Please let us know at the time of booking, if you have any access issues so we can make every attempt to meet your needs.

Gratitude Jar Workshop – Kirklees


Please remember that if you are already enrolled with the College, there is no need to enrol again.  Just get in touch via your learner portal, 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 high at the moment. Please don’t spread your germs if you have any symptoms remember to stay at home! Thanks


Other Community Offers:

Winter Warmth Sessions: Free Access To Creative Activity For All

Everybody Arts (Artworks) Halifax

Everybody Arts Winter Warmth series gives you the chance to access our spaces and art activities for free throughout Winter. All are welcome, whether you are an existing member of our community or a first time visitor- we have activity available for all ages and abilities and will always provide a warm welcome and a hot cuppa. The programme includes the return of our Friday Warm Space, the continued running of our Wednesday Wellbeing peer group and Saturday Wellbeing at the Weekend sessions, and the launch of our new series of Family Winter Warmth monthly drop-in sessions.

For more info: Winter Warmth Sessions: Free Access to Creative Activity for All — Everybody Arts

Free course: Steps to Success online

Our partners at Kirklees Success Centres are running the popular Steps to Success course online from Thursday 18th January, 10am – 12pm.

This course can help you to:

  • Boost your confidence and self-esteem
  • Set personal goal and overcome barriers
  • Learn about how your mind works
  • Find out who or what influences you, and whether these are preventing you from moving forward in life

To find out more or to enrol call: 01484 234153 or email: success.centres@kirklees.gov.uk

Beat loneliness during the holidays

Do you find the festive season challenging or lonely?

Take a break from the noise and chaos of Christmas and join WEA tutor Jane Williams for a trio of charming and FREE online courses over the holiday season.

Whether you try one or all:

Mythology of the winter sky

When: 21/12/23 Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Course code: Q00012522
Cost: Free

The 12 lunches of Christmas

When: 25/12/23 Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Course code: Q00012529
Cost: Free

Garden birds at Christmas
When: 26/12/23 Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Course code: Q00012524
Cost: Free

For more info and to book on call: 01332 002193

Proper Job’s LAB Projects:

Join us at LAB (Learn Achieve Believe) to develop your confidence in a supportive and creative environment. We work with unemployed adults aged 19+ across Kirklees, Calderdale and Manchester on a variety of projects designed to improve your confidence, wellbeing, and skills for employment. All courses are FREE to attend, with the added bonus of up to £5 per day reimbursed travel costs, plus a £5 voucher for each course day completed.

Courses available in 2023/24:

  • LAB Project (Employability) – spend 2-weeks with our tutors exploring your skillset, developing your confidence and practicing presentation/facilitation in a warm, nurturing environment. Plus the opportunity to network at your Progression Event. (Lvl 1 qualification in Progression available)
  • LAB Wellbeing – spend 1-week with our tutors exploring your wellbeing and practical strategies to cope with mild to moderate mental-health struggles.
  • LAB Volunteering – spend 1-week with our tutors exploring what it takes to contribute successfully as a volunteer in any organisation. Plus the opportunity to network at your Progression Event.
  • LAB Life – spend 4-5 days with our tutors exploring practical numeracy skills, supporting you with the costs of living, managing a budget and household bills.

For more info for residents in Kirklees & Calderdale contact:


07716 639 494 / 07596 953 743

Warm Spaces Calderdale – We want to hear your views

Leeds Beckett University and Calderdale Council are working together to find out what worked well (or what could work better) with warm spaces across the Calderdale area. To do this, we want to hear your views as a member of the public in Calderdale who might have experiences or views about warm spaces.

  • Who used or did not use a warm space
  • What would encourage or stop someone using them
  • Who might use a warm space in the future

If you would like to share your views, you can access the survey by scanning the QR code

The link to the survey can be found here  https://leedsbeckettmhr.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51445qw5Ojj26iy




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

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


Calderdale Cost Of Living Newsletter

We lots of helpful information of local organisations to support you with the Cost of Living:

Calderdale Cost of Living Newsletter November/December 


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We hope you have a great weekend

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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