Update - October 2020
As you will be aware the local and national situation around Covid-19 restrictions is changing and we are currently still not delivering sessions in person whilst these guidelines are tightening.
We have received our report on the HOOT building and are now reviewing the measures that need to be put in place to make the building safe for staff to return.
We are also looking at the possibility of – at some point - very limited in-person services such as 1-2-1 Studio sessions and trials of smaller group sessions when the situation has stabilised.
Any return to in-person activities will be phased to allow us to make sure it is safe for all which means that the full timetable of in-person activities is unlikely to return before January. Once again this will be largely dependent on local and national situation around Covid-19. We will continue to keep you updated.
You are invited to join our free online singing session for World Mental Health Day
It’s proven that singing makes you feel good and has a positive effect on your mental and physical health.
This session is open to everyone, whether you've always wanted to try a singing session or just fancy doing something new. Wherever you are in the world, you're welcome to join us. All songs are taught by ear so absolutely no previous experience needed - beginners and singers welcome.
Saturday 10th October
3pm – 3:45pm
Sign up via Eventbrite to get your free ticket:
This event will take place on Zoom - the use of your camera is optional and your mic will be muted. You will not need to download Zoom software to access the event. Once registered for a ticket, you'll receive the link to join Zoom via email on Saturday 10th October
How can I get in touch with HOOT?
The best way to get in touch with us right now is via email to email@example.com 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 a backup HOOT mobile
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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.