Update May 2021:
As you will be aware, Covid-19 restrictions are starting to be lifted across England in line with the latest Government guidelines. Hoot currently has no set date to re-start delivering sessions in person but continues to focus our delivery on a remote offer, of which HOOT from home might be the most familiar to you.
Returning to the HOOT building poses many challenges and requires a number of significant changes to our layout, procedures and day-to-day scheduling. The team are carefully considering how to meet these so that in-person sessions can return safely and crucially, without further disruption or closure, barring future national or regional restrictions.The scale of this task means that the previous timetable of in-person activities is unlikely to return before September 2021 and may look a little different due to the requirements of working in a Covid secure way.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to HOOT in-person as soon as it’s safe for all of us and will keep you updated as we get closer to that goal.
How can I get in touch with HOOT?
The best way to get in touch with us right now is via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by emailing specific staff members if you have their email address.
We can listen to voicemail messages left on our main office telephone number but when we call you back it may appear as "Caller ID Unknown" or one of the following numbers
- 07880 731767 - this is the HOOT mobile
- 07833 232089 - this is a backup HOOT mobile
- 07388 800767 - this is the number to contact the Breathing Space team at HOOT
If you are forwarded to voicemail, please text the number to let us know you would like to be called about your query. If your query is urgent, please email the above address.
You may receive a text message from us using the number 07537 416555. This is our text information service that allows us to send important messages to lots of people. We cannot receive calls or texts back to this number so please don't use it to contact us.
Are HOOT running any online sessions or activities?
Yes! We have opened HOOT from home - online creative activities to make you feel good.
HOOT from home for Kirklees residents
Our Out of the Blue programme of creative activities for mental health & wellbeing is now available online. Activities include music, visual arts, digital music, creative writing and singing.
HOOT from home is a secure online platform where people can:
- Take part in a creative activity each week, with instructions and inspiration provided by professional community artists & musicians
- Share their work by uploading to our online gallery
- Discuss their work with other participants through online forums
- Take part in regular live chats with our lead artists and creative support workers
Just like the usual Out of the Blue sessions that took place in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, these online sessions are completely free for people who are aged 18+, residents in Kirklees & looking to protect and/or maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
A referral is required to access this programme. You can refer yourself or someone you know through HOOT's website. Visit www.hootcreativearts.co.uk/how-attend to complete a referral form or for more information. Once we’ve received your referral, we’ll ring you within 3 working days to have a chat about what you’d like try. Alternatively, you can complete your referral over the phone with one of our Creative Support Workers.
You can call our team to discuss the service and referrals process
I’ve been to a Hoot group before, how do I join?
To take part if you’ve already been referred or referred yourself, simply email email@example.com stating your name and what art form you’d like to take part in. An invite will be sent to you within 1 working day, and will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the link in the email, where it will take you straight to the page where create your account. Once created, a member of Hoot staff will assign you to the art form you’d like to try.
HOOT from home for everyone
Visit www.hootcreativearts.co.uk/whats-on to see all the open creative activities running. You can join in with harmony singing, Make your Mark (Visual Arts), Pen Letters (Creative Writing & Doodling) or record some sounds with Play your Part (Digital Music). Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or join our mailing list for updates.
We have a selection of our previous gigs, online singing and Think Gigs talks available online for free here. You can also listen to a selection of our previous compilation albums on our Bandcamp page.
When will regular sessions return?
HOOT services are temporarily closed in line with government policy. All sessions are suspended and we will be in touch with you directly with further updates as things progress. Please check the Hoot website for the most up to date information along with our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Are there other support services?
Hoot Creative Arts is a member of the Mental Health Partnership of community adult mental health services from the voluntary sector, working together to provide a better mental health service in Kirklees. To find out more about the different services, you can view or download a leaflet here.