Weekly Update

College News

April 11, 2024

Welcome to our weekly update. Thank you to all those who attended the Pastures New event on Tuesday and wrote their thoughts and feelings on our memories board! Here is a selection of what people wrote:

“Grateful for saving my life”
“Safe place with understanding and kind people”
“Friendships made. Thank you to all of you”
“Learning to laugh again”
“Always feel welcome. Leave better than when I arrived.”
“Not on your own”


We left a little bit of a surprise in taking participants up the road to visit Mirfield Community Centre – where we received a warm welcome and some tea and cake!

We began our first course at Mirfield Community Centre this week! Which will be the first of many as we move out of Pathways over the next couple of weeks.

Please don’t forget we are not closing but growing, offering more courses in more venues, across Calderdale and Kirklees over the next year. Please keep looking at the current timetable to find a venue near you.


Recovery & Wellbeing College courses:-

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Find out about the Recovery College in Kirklees

Tuesday 23 April 2024 1pm – 2pm 1 week – Online

Come and join us and discover more about the Recovery & Wellbeing College in Kirklees. Hear about our planned courses in local community venues across Kirklees 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, whether for yourself, a friend, family member or someone you support in a professional capacity.

While there is no need to enrol, places are limited so please call or email us to book your place and receive the Microsoft Teams joining link.

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

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.

Sowerby Bridge Canal          Thursday 18 April 2024 11am – 2pm

Manor Heath Park, Halifax    Thursday 25 April 2024 11am – 2pm

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

Creative Wellbeing Walks (Calderdale)


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


Understanding Dementia

Folly Hall, Huddersfield, St Thomas Road, Huddersfield HD1 3LT

Tuesday 23rd April 10.00am-12.00pm

If you would just like to find out more about Dementia then this is the course for you.  This one-off learning seminar 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.

Understanding Dementia – Folly Hall Huddersfield

Lino Printing

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

Wednesday 24th April 10.30am-1.00pm

Join us for this fun, five-week course where together we will explore multi-layered block printing.  Alongside, friendly Facilitators James & Joy, you will have the opportunity to design and carve multiple printing blocks, which can then be layered to create beautiful multi-coloured prints.

Lino Printing – Mirfield Community Centre

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:

If These Walls Could Talk

Fri 12. Apr 2024 at 13:00 – 16:00

Sat 13. Apr 2024 at 11:00 – 14:00

Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Rd, Dewsbury WF12 8DG


Phone: 07968968862

An interactive writing workshop and follow-up sharing event* led by author and editor Yvonne Battle-Felton exploring The Arcade Dewsbury as place, memory, and imagination.In this free workshop, we will write fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry inspired by The Arcade Dewsbury. We will come together in May for the Sharing Event* to read and listen to those who want to share their writings.


This workshop is co-hosted by The Arcade Dewsbury https://www.arcade-dewsbury.org/ https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeDewsbury https://www.instagram.com/arcadedewsbury/

Celebrate Eid with Rumi in Huddersfield

Sat 13. Apr 2024 at 15:00 – 16:00

10 Queen St, Huddersfield HD1 2SQ


01484 951 108

Celebrate Eid with a magical and inspirational performance of the 13th-century poet Rumi’s The Alchemy of Love, featuring Gulcin Bulut and the Sahba Ensemble.

A partnership project between MACFEST and HudLitFest.

Attendees are invited to bring a copy of their favourite Rumi poem to read out and share. Doors 2.30pm, performance 3pm-4pm, followed by social to 5.30pm. As this is a free event, please let us know if after booking you find you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your ticket(s) elsewhere.

More info: https://www.creativekirklees.com/en-UK/page/65cce091a651e41b96ecd25a

Art4All Natural Dye Workshop

Sat 13. Apr 2024 at 12:00 – 14:00
Sat 11. May 2024 at 12:00 – 14:00
Sat 8. Jun 2024 at 12:00 – 14:00

Woodlands Road, Wilton Park, Batley WF13 OAS


Phone: 01924 324765

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We will explore the wide range of uses of woad including:
• Dyeing fabrics and clothing
• Different styles of printing
• Eco printing
• Vat dyeing
• Using woad to paint ceramics and
• Even ways to stain shells, wood and feathers.

Participants can join us on just one, several or even all of our workshops to find out what a diverse and interesting plant woad really is.
During the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to create their own samples and items to take home, record a learning journey with woad and take part in a unique series of workshops to better understand this amazing plant.

£20 per person.

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.

Culturedale – 13th April 2024 to 5th April 2025

From 13th April 2024 to 5th April 2025, we will be celebrating Calderdale’s 50th anniversary with a year-long programme of creativity and activity. CYOC24 is a testament to the spirit of our borough. We’re partnering with our borough’s incredible creatives, businesses, and residents to bring culture and creativity into the fabric of everyone’s lives.

Opening celebration – Halifax 10 am to 8 pm- various locations

Join us at The Piece Hall, Dean Clough, and other locations around Halifax on Saturday 13th April for a day of exciting activities and performances celebrating the official launch of Calderdale’s 2024 Year of Culture!

Find our schedule and map on our dedicated Opening Celebration page. 

Download the full opening day schedule here

Full listing of events

Visit https://www.culturedale.co.uk/events to find out more.

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 about 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

Eid Mubarak to those celebrating with family and friend’s over the last few days!

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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