Weekly Update

College News

January 18, 2024

Welcome to the Weekly Update. We are constantly updating our course offer. So please watch out for our weekly updates to see what is coming up! You might not feel motivated to make any big changes or to book on a course but remember that a little progress each day adds up to big results!

Did you know…

In December we had 90% of people rate our course as very good and 10% as good! Our team was described as friendly and welcoming and the tutors were praised for being approachable.

Our teacher was amazing, the classes were fantastic. Everyone should go to classes like this. Brilliant, supportive and very friendly.

Staff are really nice, friendly and non-judgemental. Facilities were wonderful

I honestly cannot think that there is more that could have been done

Our college is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds and lived experience. All of us are leaners and learn as much from everyone who attends the college as they do from us. We believe the voice of people with a lived experience needs to be greater, to create hope and inspire. Please read some of our blogs here written by people that attend our college.

We are 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 also upcoming in February, so do book on. See below for details.

Remember that Hope Street is now closed. We have plans to deliver courses in the centre of Halifax at Unmasked Mental Health and other venues 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!

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)

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


Understanding Anxiety

Online, Microsoft Teams – in cooperation with Wakefield Recovery College

Wednesday 24th January 10.00 am- 12.00pm (1 week)

Do you want to gain an understanding of anxiety? Then this workshop may be for you. It will explore areas such as the vicious cycle of anxiety, what happens to our bodies when anxious, how anxiety impacts on life and some brief tips on how anxiety can be managed.

This is a great opportunity to explore anxiety with others who are experiencing the same thing.

If you already feel you have a good understanding of what anxiety is and how it effects us and are instead looking to learn ways to manage anxiety, we would recommend our “Living with and managing anxiety”

Understanding Anxiety

Lino Printing

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

Thursday 25th 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

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

Understanding Dementia

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

Tuesday 30 January 10am – 12pm

Are you concerned about your memory or that of a loved one?  Have you or someone you know been recently diagnosed with Dementia?  Do you work or volunteer with people who experience memory issues?  If you answered yes to any of these questions or if you would just like to find out more about Dementia then this is the course for you.  This one-off workshop delivered by Kirklees Dementia Hub will provide you with information about symptoms, the progression of Dementia, how to access support and be able to answer some of your questions relating to this diagnosis.

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.

Understanding Dementia


The M Word: Menopause Awareness

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

Tuesday 6 February 2024 10.30am – 12pm

This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of the menopause; the symptoms, how it may affect you and, most importantly what you can do to manage it.  During this one-off workshop, delivered by a qualified Health & Wellbeing Practitioner and in partnership with Henpicked, we will discuss the perimenopause, post menopause and everything in between to help you on your own unique journey during this stage of life.  Information will also be shared about how and where you can access support.  This session is open to people of all genders to enable better understanding of the menopause and how to support those going through it.

This course is available to learners from Calderdale and Kirklees

The M Word: Menopause Awareness

Improving Your Sleep

Online: Tuesday 20 February 2024 12.30pm – 2.30pm 1 week

Folly Hall: Tuesday 9 July 2024 12.30pm – 2.30pm 1 week

This one-off learning seminar will help you gain a better understanding of sleep, the impact it has and, most importantly what you can do to sleep better. The session will introduce self-help techniques, such as relaxation, sleep tips and sleep retraining. The idea behind this is to teach you the skills to manage your symptoms and become your own sleep therapist. The session will be facilitated by two friendly psychological wellbeing practitioners.

Improving Your Sleep


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

If you are new to the College please enrol here


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


Other Community Offers:

Abstract Art for All

Above White Cross Inn. 2 Bradley Rd, Bradley, Huddersfield HD2 1XD

Mon 22. Jan 2024 at 19:00 – 20:30

(more dates available, please enquire or visit link below)

Workshop price – £30 week. Concessions available, please enquire.

A workshop with coaching to help you create authentic art you fall in love with. We will simultaneously create 3 mixed media pieces so you can experiment and learn.

Any questions or to book, get in touch via WhatsApp, email or mobile (leave a message please if I don’t pick up the phone straightaway).  Tel: 07905 922559



Music for wellbeing workshops, Dewsbury

Groups run throughout the year, more workshop dates to come soon. These workshops take place at Howlands, Dewsbury WF13 1LD

This group is free for people who are

+ Aged 18 or over

+ Living in Kirklees

+ Wanting to look after their well-being and mental health

No need to read music and no experience playing instruments needed.

How to get started

If you’re interested in joining then please complete the sign up form on our website. This will be sent securely to the team at hoot who will be in touch to help you get started.

Need help?

Not sure if this is the right thing for you? Our friendly team can tell you more about the activities and the sign up process. Give us a bell or send an email to talk to us.

Telephone:  01484 516 224   |   E-mail: info@hootcreativearts.co.uk

Dates coming up soon:

Tue 23. Jan 2024 at 10:30 – 12:30

Tue 30. Jan 2024 at 10:30 – 12:30

(more dates available in future)


Creative Writing for wellbeing, Huddersfield

Writing is a great way for us to express our thoughts and feelings, and relieve tension or stress. No writing experience is needed to join this free weekly group activity, just a pen and some paper.

How to get started

If you’re interested in joining then please complete the sign up form on our website. This will be sent securely to the team at hoot who will be in touch to help you get started.

Need help?

Not sure if this is the right thing for you? Our friendly team can tell you more about the activities and the sign up process. Give us a bell or send an email to talk to us.

Telephone:  01484 516 224   |   E-mail: info@hootcreativearts.co.uk

Dates coming up soon:

Tue 23. Jan 2024 at 14:00 – 16:00

Tue 30. Jan 2024 at 14:00 – 16:00

(more dates available in future)


Free Drumming for Wellbeing 2 week courses funded by Central England Co-operative.

Holmfirth Tech – Wednesdays 10-11.30am
21st & 28th February

Denby Dale Methodist Church – Thursdays 10-11.30am
22nd & 29th February

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 Samba percussion instruments as a group supported by members of Valley Beats Samba Band. This very friendly class is run by professional Community Percussionist Katie Mallard. Suitable for adults or all ages and all abilities. Absolutely no experience needed.

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

Kirklees Libraries- did you know Kirklees libraries are “Warm Spaces”?

Warm spaces in libraries

Libraries in Kirklees are warm spaces and everyone is welcome. All of our libraries are heated, so are comfortable to stay in for long periods of time. Every building has a range of both comfy seating, and more functional furniture for study or computer use. They are a place to keep warm, meet friends, sit and read and take part in activities.

Warm spaces – Kirklees Libraries

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

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.

Course dates 2024

  • 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


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

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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