Weekly Update

College News

May 16, 2024

Welcome to our weekly update. We have an amazing offer of courses leading into the summer. More courses at more venues being led by many of our new team members.

Laura is our latest member of staff to join our team. She like you started as a learner then volunteered at the college and now she is employed as Peer Project Support Worker facilitating and planning courses. We value real life experience and the skills and insights from people like Laura.

We understand that life can be hard at times but it is easier and better when you are around people that understand with no judgement who know what it is like to feel alone with mental health problems. Everyone who comes to our college including the staff are learners. We all learn from and with each other to develop ways in which to thrive in life not just survive.

Please read on and book onto our courses.

Recovery & Wellbeing College courses:-

Click the icon below for details:

Creative Wellbeing Walks (Kirklees)

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

Writing for Self-Expression


Friday 7th June 10.00-11.30am (4 weeks)

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.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re used to writing, the exercises and conversation will help you to write about your life and experiences; from a few lines to a story, from a list to a poem.  There’s no requirement to share what you write unless you choose to.

Writing for Self-Expression – online

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

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:

Carers Count- Upcoming events

Jam Making session Thursday 23rd May 2024 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm– learn how to make your own jam and take some home at the end of the workshop! 5th floor Empire House Wakefield Old Road Dewsbury WF12 8DJ. Open to all careers  but space limited.

For more information or how to book, call 0300 012 0231 email info@carerscount.org.uk


A day out in Greenhead Park- 10th June 11 am to 3 pm

Take a walk around the park. Take part in crafts. Enjoy a hand massage, have your nails painted, or give mindful movements a go!

For more information  call 0300 012 0231 email info@carerscount.org.uk


Learning Disability Week – Trip to Eden ForestTues 18th June 1pm-3.30 pm. Minibus pickup Batley Train Station 11.30 am, Brian Jackson House Huddersfield- 12 noon

For more information  call 0300 012 0231 email info@carerscount.org.uk


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:  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

Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve Walk- Sunday 19 May 1.00-3.30pm Visit link on events page to book ticket https://www.culturedale.co.uk/events/cromwell-bottom-local-nature-reserve-walk

Calderdale Dementia Friendly Community- Has Got Talent (Show). Saturday 18th May, the New Roxy, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AE 12.30-3.30 pm (doors open 12 noon) https://www.culturedale.co.uk/events/calderdale-dementia-friendly-community—has-got-talent-show

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

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


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