Weekly Update

College News

May 24, 2024

Welcome to our weekly update. 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. Self belief is at the core of living a successful happy life, but is easily damaged by negative experiences. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith, step out the door and try something new. Often it is easier for others to see the potential in you! And here at our College we do just that. We encourage you to stretch yourself, try new things and believe in yourself again. See below for some courses that may just help from those of us that are thinking about getting back to work to those of us that need to re-connect or do something completely new like dancing!  Remember that you can do it!

Recovery & Wellbeing College courses:-

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Creative Wellbeing Walks (Kirklees)

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?

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

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

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 – online

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?

For Those That Give Too Much

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

Monday 10 June 2024 10am – 1pm 1 week

Are you a giving person? Do you find yourself pouring from an empty cup? Do you sometimes feel resentful of how much you give to others?

In this one-off workshop, delivered by one of our fabulous Peer Workers, Karen we will explore what it means to give and what is considered “too much”. Together, we will discuss the reasons why we give so much, explore the science behind why it feels so rewarding and learn how to be more aware of the cost to ourselves and our health.

This brand-new session will help us become more aware of how much we give, learn how to set limits and be more effective ‘givers’ enabling us to enhance our own sense of wellbeing.

For Those That Give Too Much


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

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


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

Disability training session (audiences) by Unlimited – May 30th 2pm – 4pm 

Unlimited will be delivering three strands of support for cultural organisations across West Yorkshire, thanks to support from West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Accessibility skills training: A series of face-to-face workshops in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield (with an optional online session) covering REAM – Roots, Events, Audiences, Marketing. The Audiences session looks at ensuring access for a wide range of disabled audiences, including audience development options

Go to book now link at https://www.culturedale.co.uk/events/disability-training-session-events-by-unlimited

Hebden Bridge Arts project launch – May 30th 5pm – 8pm

The Man Who Planted Trees by Hebden Bridge Arts – You are invited to our project launch

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Thursday 30th May, Drop in from 5-8pm

Art Exhibition / Meet the Team / Discussion / Craft Activity / Music / Buy Theatre Tickets

Bar open & snacks served


More ticketing information for Hebden Bridge arts events is at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hebdenbridgearts

Punchcards for knitting machines: Class

Sat, 25 May 2024 14:00 – 16:00

This two hour session you will cover using and designing punch cards. You’ll have the opportunity to test out any punch card designs before creating your own punch card to take home. It will be delivered by Amy Chen, a textile designer-maker and educator (www.achentextiles.com/). Amy Chen is a textile designer-maker and educator. Her work encompasses textiles and technology in different ways, from her work in e-textiles (interactive textiles that incorporate electronics) to knitting with a hacked vintage knitting machine. Small teaching group (Maximum four people per session). This class is suitable for knitters who knit the basics of machine knit, such as the contents covered in the Beginner – Learn Machine Knitting class.

Location: CollaborARTi shop, Victoria Lane (HD1 2QF)    Map link here

Punchcards for knitting machines class (2024) Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Holmfirth: The Whit Monday Flood – Discovery Walking Trail launch

Sat 25. May 2024 at 11:00 – 15:00

Holmfirth Library

47 Huddersfield Road Holmfirth

Launch of a new Discovery Walking Trail, providing an introduction to the course of the 1944 Flood and to the many attractive and fascinating locations along the stretch of the Upper River Holme. A small screen showing of the Mike Wade film ‘Wall of Water’.
River related fun and learning activities for children at the library.
Storytime for children at 11.00 a.m.

Explore Kirklees libraries resources via Linktree

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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