Weekly Update

College News

April 5, 2024

Welcome to our weekly update. We begin our first course at Mirfield Community Centre next week! Which will be the first of many as we move out of Pathways. Leaving Pathways in Mirfield will be emotional for some of us that have positive memories there. Some staff (mentioning no names – Matt) have been working there for 20 years! But with change comes opportunity and we have been so fortunate to have struck up a positive relationship with Mirfield Community Centre who will be able to accommodate our courses!

With a growing staff team we will be offering more courses in more venues across Calderdale and Kirklees which you witness over the next year!

If you want to know more please come and join us for our “Pastures New” event on Tuesday – but be quick to book on!

Pastures New: Plans for the future – Kirklees

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

Tuesday 9 April 2024 1pm – 3pm

We are growing and developing our college here in Kirklees! We know many of you, our learners are anxious about the closure of the Pathways site but want to reassure you that we have plans to continue running our courses across all of Kirklees.

This will be a chance to hear about our plans, meet our new staff members and ask questions. Find out what part you can play in helping us continue the success of the College and how these new changes will affect you.

Our college is not made of bricks and mortar but of the people within it.

This session will be held in the large meeting space in the Pathways building

Pastures New: Plans for the future – Kirklees

Please book on to this event in the usual way you would book onto a course and we will send you reminders!


In case you missed it click the link below for Keeping Connected:

Keeping Connected April 2024



Recovery & Wellbeing College courses:-

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Creative Wellbeing Walks (Calderdale)

Come along and join friendly facilitators, Jess & Mick as we head out and enjoy the great outdoors for a walk in beautiful tranquil settings across Calderdale.

To read about a previous learners experience on these creative wellbeing walks click here: Wellbeing Walks: a beacon of hope

Creative Wellbeing Walks (Calderdale)

Last chance!

Song Writing!

Mirfield Community Centre, Water Royd Lane, Mirfield, WF14 9SG

Tuesday 9 April 2024 10am – 12pm for 6 weeks

Are you a music lover? Would you like to meet new people and collaborate in a creative setting with others? Have you ever fancied having a go at writing your own song? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the course for you!

In this free 6-week course we will explore the basics of song writing and you will have the opportunity to create and play music in a group setting. T

Song Writing!

Gel Printing

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

Wednesday  17 April 10.30am-1pm

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

Thursday 18 April 12.30pm-3pm

Join us for this fantastic one-off workshop and discover the basic techniques of gel printing. Alongside, our friendly Peer Project Worker, James, we will experiment with layered and mono printing methods using a gel plate to create our own unique print. No previous experience is necessary and all materials are provided.

Gel Printing – Calderdale and Kirklees

Find out about the Recovery College in Kirklees

Howlands Centre, School Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1LD

Tuesday 23 April 2024 at 10.30am – 12pm

Connect Housing – Thrive, 21 Bond Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1AX

Tuesday 23 April 2024 at 1.30pm – 3pm

Come and join us and discover more about the Recovery & Wellbeing College in Kirklees. Hear about our planned courses in local venues in Dewsbury (and beyond) designed to support your wellbeing. Our courses are free and open to anyone aged 18 plus. Our courses are designed and delivered by people with a lived experience of a mental or physical health issue supported by professionals. Feel free to ask our friendly facilitators questions and learn how to enrol and access our courses. While there is no need to enrol for this particular session, places are limited so please call or email us to book your place.


Telephone: 07717867911 email: ckRecovery.Wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk

For all our other courses, if you are already enrolled with the college, please email us to request a place on your chosen course/s at:  ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk 

or call us on: 07717 867911 or use your learner portal

Please wait for confirmation that you are booked onto a course before attending

If you are new to the College please enrol here


Other Community Offers:

Heads Up Programme for Men’s Mental Health

Foundation launches new group to fight stigma and support men’s mental health

– Heads Up provides safe and welcoming space for men
– Huddersfield Town Foundation launches new group in Mirfield
– Weekly drop-in sessions also available at the Community Hub from Wednesday 10 April

Huddersfield Town ‘Heads Up’ programme

Richmond fellowship

Media centre, 7 Northumberland Street Huddersfield

May 10th 9.30-12.30pm

Alongside Kirklees College we are starting to run a 7 week Maths and English booster workshop. If you would like to attend please contact:

Karl Jackson- Lander at Kirklees Employment Service


07909 993203 or  01484 434 866


Creative Scene – Art in the Park

Join our friendly, creative Tuesdays to explore the benefits of both art and nature at Earlsheaton Park. We will use our natural surroundings as a starting point for a range of creative art projects.  For both beginners and experienced creators alike. Work with local, professional artist Rachael Gorton whose work investigates connections with nature and wellbeing. Come along to as many sessions as you like but places are limited, so please book by emailing: henry@creativescene.org.uk

Sessions for adults run on Tuesdays from 12.30pm – 2.30pm on the following dates: 16 April, 14 May, 18 June, 23 July

Long-COVID: Recover Together Programme – Calderdale

Do you have after effects of Covid, also known as Long COVID, such as breathlessness, tiredness, aching muscles, or brain fog? If so, you may be eligible for our new Long-COVID: Recover Together physical activity sessions.

The programme consists of 8 weekly sessions held at a community venue. Each session will focus on:
• gentle exercise
• an education/peer support element to discuss the condition
• ways to self-manage symptoms
• signposting to relevant services.
We will support you to exercise at your own pace and learn how to work with your body, so that by the end of the programme you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to continue exercising in whatever way you want!

To register your interest, or find out more, please contact
shanti.bradley@calderdale.gov.uk or call 0784 1 792177.


Centre for Mental Health research into voting

If you have experience of a mental health problem, the Centre for Mental Health wants to hear from you about voting. They’re undertaking research into the barriers that people with mental health problems might face in exercising their right to vote. By sharing your experience, you’ll be helping to promote voting rights for all.

They’re especially keen to hear perspectives from people living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Please share this research call with your networks to help reach more people.

How to get involved

Complete a questionnaire

This should take you only three minutes to fill out. It will help us better understand the barriers to voter registration for people with mental health problems. There will be a prize draw for a high street voucher for £100.



to our Creative Walking Course attendees for some excellent pictures taken over the autumn

We picked out our favourite 3 pictures:




Manor Heath

Ogden Water

Ogden Water
For more info abut our up and coming Creative wellbeing walks click here:
Creative Wellbeing Walks (Kirklees)

Creative Wellbeing Walks (Calderdale)

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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