Weekly Update

College News

May 10, 2024

Welcome to our weekly update. We are very fortunate to hear about how many of our learners have re-built their lives, regaining hope and a life of value again. Even daring to dream of a brighter future can be scary when you are at rock bottom. It takes courage to do so. We have a number of courses next month that help you re-gain control of your life, from Daring to Dream of a preferred future to thinking about practical steps to help you get back to work, co-designed and co-facilitated by our Peer Workers. Do read on and discover the many other courses we have on offer you never know where it might lead you!

PLEASE NOTE:  Our correspondence address is:

Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College

Ravensleigh Resource Unit
28 Oxford Road
WF13 4LL

Please do not send any mail or correspondence to our old Pathways address or Mirfield Community Centre

We are now established in Mirfield Community Centre as our main Kirklees hub where we are running many of our courses. We are planning to run more courses in different venues across Calderdale and Kirklees over the coming months so do watch this space.

Recovery & Wellbeing College courses:-

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Autism Awareness

Laura Mitchell Health Centre, Halifax, Great Albion Street, Halifax, HX1 1YR

Tuesday 25 June 2024 1.30 – 3pm

This one-off workshop looks at the life and experiences of someone living with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum and the fascinating insight of others looking outside in. Throughout the session we will explore the characteristics of Autism and the various ways that it may affect an individual.

Autism Awareness

Coming up next week…

Creative Wellbeing Walks (Kirklees)

Thursday 16 May 2024 11.30 am- 2.30 pm

Mirfield to Whitley route, Hagg lane, Mirfield, WF14 8QG

and the next 2 weeks..

Thursday 23 May 2024 11.30 am- 2.30 pm

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall, Nova Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG (meet at visitor centre next to main car park on Warrens Lane)

Thursday 30 May 2024 11.30 am- 2.30 pm

Slaithwaite Canal Walk, Carr Lane, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5AG. (car park opposite the Co-Op)

Come along and join friendly facilitators and enjoy the great outdoors for a walk in beautiful tranquil settings across Kirklees. These sessions provide the opportunity to try some creative activities during the walks including, arts and crafts, photography and creative writing. So, please join us on this wellbeing adventure and learn some new ways to give your mood a boost.

For full details of the routes click on the link below.

Creative Wellbeing Walks (Kirklees)

Coming up soon..

Curious Motion Everybody Dance Taster Workshop

Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, Langdale Street, Elland, HX5 0JL

Monday 3rd June 1-2pm (1 week)

Elland Community Hub, Elland Community Hub, Huddersfield Road, Elland, HX5 9DW

Wednesday 5th June 6-7pm (1 week)

You are invited to come to a Everybody Dance taster workshop which will involve short movement activities, the sharing of a video of Curious Motion’s This Here Land from 2023, and time to ask questions and find out more. Sessions are open to all adults, regardless of dance experience or level. You will be supported by Curious Motion’s professional team of dance artists who are experienced at creating flexible, interactive, friendly, inclusive, welcoming and nurturing environments.

Curious Motion Everybody Dance Taster Workshop – Calderdale

How can I work alongside my benefits?

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

Monday 3rd June 1-3.30pm (1 week)

Thinking about stepping into a new job role can be an intimidating process. For anyone currently claiming benefits, making an informed decision means untangling a complex web of job-related benefits, disability living allowances and permitted work agreements. This is a difficult task without support and is one of the reasons why many of us face a crisis of confidence when considering future job opportunities.

This brand-new, one-off workshop will offer an overview of how various DWP benefits are affected by earnings from work and will also provide a demonstration of how to use handy online tools to check personal finances.

How can I work alongside my benefits?

Is work good for anything other than earning a wage?

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

Monday 10th June 2-3.30 (1 week)

When looking for a job or thinking of starting in – or returning to the workplace, it’s easy to image that having more money in our back pocket is the only benefit to being employed. However, this brand-new workshop shows us that there are many benefits to being in gainful employment.

Is work good for anything other than earning a wage?


The Golden Age of Hollywood: The Directors

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

Wednesday 5 June 2024 1pm – 3.45pm 4 weeks

Join us as we head back in time to the early 20th Century and learn about the Golden Age of Hollywood!

On this popular four-week course, delivered by a couple of friendly and enthusiastic Recovery College volunteers, we will learn about the influential directors in the early years of the movies. Learn about the famous, the infamous – and the less well-known – directors who helped to shape the world of cinema, such as Hitchcock, Hawkes, Curtiz, Wilder and Ford.

Golden Age of Hollywood: The Directors

Writing for Self-Expression


Friday 7 June 2024 10.00am – 11.30am 4 weeks

Expressive writing is about self-expression. It helps us to think about our experiences and put our thoughts and feelings into words. In this welcoming course, we’ll take time to reflect and write in a safe, friendly and confidential atmosphere that fosters personal awareness and wellbeing.

These friendly, online sessions delivered by our partners at the Royal Literary Fund will be facilitated by a professional writer and one of our Peer Workers. Each week we’ll consider a short piece of published writing and talk together about the impact the words have on us. Writing prompts and exercises will be offered, encouraging us to write about our own experiences, thoughts and feelings.

Writing for Self-Expression

Dare to Dream

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

Wednesday 5th June 10am-1pm (7 weeks)

In this inspiring seven-week course will help you to consider the next steps in your own personal journey.  With the valuable support of the Facilitator, Jane we will discover how to set our own individual goals, identify any barriers and learn how to overcome these.  We will work together to develop ways to achieve our ambitions, which may relate to employment, volunteering or learning opportunities.

Dare to Dream

Creating Comic Strips

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

Thursday 13 June 2024 12.30 pm – 3pm 6 weeks

Did you love comics as a child? Are you enjoying the new exciting popularity of old favourite comics being brought to life on the silver screen? If so, why not learn a new skill and join our new Creating Comic Strips course? On this 6-week journey we will look at story boards, character design and developing stories. You’ll get to see your very own comic strip come to completion! All materials provided.

Creating Comic Strips


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:


Kirkwood Memory Walk- 22nd June

22nd June- John Smith’s Stadium 10 pm

It’s a circular 6 or 10 mile walk around the streets of Huddersfield, setting off from 10pm. We all know the benefits for our mental and physical health of getting outside and going for a walk, which is why we want to encourage as many people as possible to sign up and take part in this year’s event. This year’s event, kindly supported by Syngenta, is set to be bigger and better than ever, with amazing entertainment and loads of activities for the family to enjoy as the clock ticks down to 10pm! Sign up today to receive your free T-shirt and a fabulous fundraising pack featuring lots of tips and tricks to help you raise funds to help The Kirkwood Support Life!

There is a brand new group rate, of signing up 10 or more people for £7.50 per person, walk as a group, with friends and colleagues, this includes a walker pack, tshirt, walker number, finisher medal and breakfast butty. More details about the walk can be found here

If people are unable to participate in walking itself, we are also looking for volunteers to help deliver our most successful event yet. There are a number of roles that we are needing help with such as registration desk, start line marshals and medal handouts to name but a few of the roles available.

Click here to register as volunteer –    volunteer form


Facebook link – The Kirkwood Memory Walk 2024 | Facebook

Calder Navigation Society- Events

Savile Boat Trips at Brighouse Artisan Market
1 & 2 June (Brighouse 40s weekend)
The artisan markets are a place where you can take delight in discovering hidden gems and find out more about the fantastic produce Brighouse has to offer. You can also enjoy a boat trip on the canal on the Calder Navigation Society’s trip boat “Savile”. These will run from Behind Sainsbury’s every half hour. Book yours on the day, please try to book early as these trips are very popular!


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


Free Gambling Related Harm Training for Kirklees – September 2024

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming rollout of FREE Gambling Related Harm Training in Kirklees, scheduled for September 2024. This training opportunity is designed for mental health services, support groups, and professionals dedicated to assisting vulnerable individuals struggling with gambling addiction.

If you or your organisation are interested in participating, kindly complete the brief form provided via the following link: https://forms.office.com/e/dqxEkZp953 . This will enable us to secure your placement for the training sessions.

For those seeking signposting or access to support resources concerning gambling related harm, we encourage you to visit the Help and Support section on Gambling Understood platform: Help and support – Gambling Understood

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: 14 May, 18 June, 23 July


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.

Full listing of events

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

Just a selection of current events- keep looking for updates by visiting the link above

My Name is Not Asylum Seeker – exhibition hosted at Halifax Central Library 3rd May to 13 June 2024 – opening event taking place from 16:00 – 17:15 on Friday 3rd May. https://www.culturedale.co.uk/events/my-name-is-not-asylum-seeker-exhibition-launch

Walk and Draw Workshop – May 11th, Project Colt, Elland.  https://www.culturedale.co.uk/events/walk-and-draw-workshop-tmwpt

Community Singing Taster Workshop – The Space, Hebden Bridge Town Hall  on Saturday 11 May 2.30-4.30pm, Age 18+ https://www.culturedale.co.uk/events/community-singing-taster-workshop-tmwpt


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 sunny weekend

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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