Weekly Update

College News

June 7, 2024

Welcome to our weekly update. In case you did not know it is volunteers week. It has been a good opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to our amazing Volunteers and Friends of the College! We held a celebration event on Thursday night at Mirfield Community Centre. It was a great opportunity to show our appreciation with a good spread and some gifts! We are so grateful for the time, energy and skills that our volunteers bring to us so generously to help others. To us our volunteers are part of the team and remain the heart of our college.  ‘Thank you’ to all of you who give your time freely to help our College to thrive.

Did you know that volunteering is good for you? It can improve you physical and mental health helping you develop connections with others, a sense of purpose and meaning. So do get in touch if you would like to join our team as well as doing us a good turn for us, you might be doing yourself one!

If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a Friend of the College or a volunteer please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk you through the different ways you can get involved.

Please read on as we have a few remaining spaces on some course happening next week – so don’t miss out and do book on!


If you missed our June edition of our newsletter, Keeping Connected, because you were on holiday it’s here:

Keeping Connected June 2024


Recovery & Wellbeing College courses:-

Click the icon below for details of all our upcoming courses:

Coming up soon- BOOK NOW, don’t miss out..

Nature Doodles

Everybody Arts, Halifax, Shaw Lodge Mills, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET

Thursday 13 June 2024 2.00 – 4pm, 6 weeks – be quick to book!

Join us for this new six-week course that takes it’s inspiration from the natural world. We will experiment with creative mixed media techniques that will capture the hidden patterns found in nature, from leaves and sea urchins to the unseen beauty of microscopic imagery.

You don’t need any artistic experience to take part in this course and all resources will be provided. Everybody is welcome!

Nature Doodles


Tools to Soothe

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

Thursday 13 June 2024 12 – 3pm, 2 weeks – be quick to book!

When facing challenges or difficulties in life, we don’t always know how to soothe or take care of ourselves effectively. Often, we can turn to unhelpful or destructive coping strategies.

In this two-week course, we will explore various soothing techniques and self-care skills to help us find calm during difficult times and help reduce feelings of distress.  Through group discussion and with the help and support of our friendly facilitators, Laura and Wendy we will share creative and useful self-care and self-soothe ideas in a safe and friendly setting, enabling us to share lived experiences, learn from each other and build our resilience.

Tools to Soothe


Creating Comic Strips

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

Thursday 13 June 2024 12.30-3pm, 6 weeks – be quick to book!

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!

This fun course will give you a great sense of fun, fulfilment and help to boost your confidence and self-esteem.  Don’t worry if you think you can’t draw, we will prove you wrong, everybody welcome, come join the fun!

Creating Comic Strips


Looking ahead to some brand new offers…

My Story: How to build a CV

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

Monday 17 June 2024 at 12pm – 3.30pm, 1 week 

How do we make sure that our CV tells employers what they want to know in the most effective and quickest way? This workshop, kindly delivered by our friendly Peer Worker, Ash and Employment Specialist, Neil from South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Trust’s IPS team, provides a comprehensive breakdown of how to make sure your CV passes that first and most crucial test. Together we will discover the core features of a gold-standard CV that will help capture a recruiter’s eye and help us succeed in our job or volunteering application.

My Story: How to build a CV


What’s On?

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

Monday 8 July 2024 10am – 12pm, 1 week

Join us for this one-off workshop where we will discover more about other services, activities and groups beyond the Recovery & Wellbeing College, to help us reach our full potential and live well in our own communities.  Whether it’s the arts, leisure, recreation, physical activity, sport, education or volunteering opportunities or just something to keep the children entertained during the holidays, we will learn about organisations and services which relate to all of these topics – AND MUCH MORE.

What’s On?



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, 11am to 3pm

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, 10pm

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, T-shirt, 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


Creative Scene – Art in the Park

Join these 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

June events in Kirklees

Discover the exciting events happening in Kirklees this month! From Kirklees Pride to Discos for Grownups, Summer in the Courtyard to Deighton Carnival, there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to put their dancing shoes on and celebrate summer.

Kirklees Pride

HuddersFeast Pride Night Market
14 June | 6:30pm | Huddersfield Market

HuddersFeast Night Market is back and this month is celebrating Pride, featuring the amazing Divina De Campo.
You can expect the same fantastic array of street food vans and artisan stalls as previous months, accompanied by an amazing Divina De Campo show.
Please note, this is a ticketed event, £8 each (Children free) See . Facebook link for more information

Kirklees Pride
15 June | 1pm | St Georges Square

Kirklees Pride is back for its third year and even bigger and better!

Join us in St George’s Square, Huddersfield for a fun-filled, music-packed day where everyone is invited to celebrate with the LGBTQ+ Community!

Acts to be confirmed, but as always, the day will feature a fabulous selection of live music, stage shows, and hilarious drag acts.

Accompanying the acts will be some of the best food and drink, workshops and stalls, and face painting in the region.

This year’s event is sponsored by Our Cultural Heart

See https://communitydirectory.kirklees.gov.uk/communityDirectory/eventDetails.aspx?eventId=28639

Kirklees Pride: Family Chill Out
15 June | 12pm | Lawrence Batley Theatre

See  https://communitydirectory.kirklees.gov.uk/communityDirectory/eventDetails.aspx?eventId=29561

Town Hall Delights

Discos for Grown Ups
8 June | 8pm | Huddersfield Town Hall

The legendary Discos for Grown Ups, pop-up disco party is coming to Dewsbury!
Get glammed up for a fun, fab, and feel-good night of dancing to the best ever 70s disco, 80s pop and 90s dance floor classics! Dance the night away under an incredible light and laser show, along with the fabulous glitter ball stage dancers. Free glow sticks and retro sweets for everyone. Dress code – DISCO GLAMOUR!
VIP tickets and food are also available

See Event details | Kirklees Council for more information- includes ticket link to book- note this is on Saturday 

Holmfirth Arts Festival 12 June – 7 Sept

Holmfirth Arts Festival is back for 2024 with the BIG weekend taking place 15 – 16 June and events running to September. See Creative Kirklees- Holmfirth Arts Festival

Event website and full programme details  https://www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk/

Brighouse goes Wild… Brighouse Charity Gala Craft Workshop

Brighouse June 8th 10.30 – 12:.30

Be a part of this years Brighouse Charity Gala. Our theme this year is “Brighouse goes Wild” Come along as a family to our fully funded craft workshops, to make an Elephant or Lion mask/headress and be apart of the parade.

All sessions will be fully inclusive to everyone. Small sessions to accommodate everyone. Refreshments provided. All being held in our Community Hub in the centre of Brighouse. Entrance through Bethel Street Carpark.

All workshops run by lovely volunteers of both Focus4Hope and Handmade Parade

Click booking link here  Link goes to website where you can reserve a spot.

Community Creative Day by Hebden Bridge Arts – Fun, nature, arts & craft for everyone

The Space @ Field Lane, Rastrick 11am-4pm, Saturday 15 June

Free drop-in activities, meet our giant puppet & find out about our The Man Who Planted Trees project, exhibitions and performances. Also featuring nature walks and workshops to book in advance via the Ticketsource linked below.

See  https://www.culturedale.co.uk/events/community-creative-day-tmwpt-2 for full information

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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