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Welcome to the team, Sharleen

hoot creative arts welcome new health & wellbeing co-ordinator ahead of Kirklees Year of Music 2023

hoot creative arts has welcomed Sharleen Shaha into the team as a Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator and Producer for Kirklees Year of Music 2023 (KYOM23).

hoot is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and in 2020 were appointed as the Health and Wellbeing lead for Kirklees Year of Music 2023 - a unique, place-based, cultural change year-long programme of major events and durational initiatives, which will strengthen the music ecology of Kirklees from its roots. 

The recent appointment will initiate and bring together the production of music events and wellbeing activities for KYOM23. Sharleen will focus on developing activities and events with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of those across the region who take part through engagement with music.

Collaborating with stakeholders in the health and care sector and practising musicians and cultural organisations, Sharleen will be developing a working programme, securing funding and liaising with the KYOM23 team to strategically link all the strands together, such as the community and educational work and celebrate innovative practice in the Kirklees.

Sharleen is smiling at the cameraSharleen is a qualified Independent Mental Capacity Advocate and Independent Mental Health Advocate. She has worked in Mental Health for 12 years across South and West Yorkshire, with experience in mental health and art therapy, research and project management as well as producing events for festivals.   

Commenting on her new appointment, Sharleen said: “Mental health and wellbeing are very important to me so working with the people of Kirklees to promote music as a tool for wellbeing is very exciting. I am an advocate for choice and working-class storytelling. I feel that theatre, music, and the arts can be used as a tool to make changes for individuals and communities”.

Find out more about Sharleen and other members of the KYOM23 team here: https://www.musicinkirklees.co.uk/our-team/

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Visual Arts #2 Huddersfield

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hoot is located in Bates Mill not far from Huddersfield town centre on the corner of Queen Street South and Milford Street. Disabled access is available via our door on Milford Street. A wheelchair friendly toilet is available.

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Digital Music Huddersfield

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hoot is located in Bates Mill not far from Huddersfield town centre on the corner of Queen Street South and Milford Street. Disabled access is available via our door on Milford Street. A wheelchair friendly toilet is available.

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Creative Writing Huddersfield

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hoot is located in Bates Mill not far from Huddersfield town centre on the corner of Queen Street South and Milford Street. Disabled access is available via our door on Milford Street. A wheelchair friendly toilet is available.

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Visual Arts #1 Huddersfield

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Where we are

hoot is located in Bates Mill not far from Huddersfield town centre on the corner of Queen Street South and Milford Street. Disabled access is available via our door on Milford Street. A wheelchair friendly toilet is available.

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Bates Mill,
Milford Street
Huddersfield, HD1 3DX

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The year so far: Out of the Blue and Breathing Space

Every few months we check in with how things are going in our Adult Creativity & Mental Health service Out of the Blue, and our Arts and Dementia service, Breathing Space. We find out what people are enjoying and how attending hoot activities are making a difference to them and their wellbeing. 

I’m a real hoot enthusiast. Something to look forward to in the week, hoot has saved my life a few times. hoot really has been a godsend through lockdown. It has been the best thing to look forward to each week.

hoot from home sessions really have helped me feel connected to the outside world - without hoot I would feel completely disconnected.

Thanks for ringing it has been so nice to have a friendly voice at the end of the line for a change. It has been difficult for me but do you know these calls i have had from hoot have kept me going.

It’s so good to be back together as a group,we really miss it & can’t wait until we canmeet up again regularly.

Read more in our reports from each Quarter so far this year:

April - June 2021 Quarter 1 Report

July - September 2021 Quarter 2 Report

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2020 Annual Report from Out of the Blue & Breathing Space

In a year that will be remembered for its incredible challenges we responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by completely re-inventing our activities so that people could take part online and by post.

Read the annual report for Out of the Blue: Adult Mental Health and Creativity Service, and Breathing Space: Arts for dementia to find out what was achieved and how it made a difference to people during the pandemic. Click here (opens in a new tab/window)

”I’m a real hoot enthusiast. Something to look forward to in the week, hoot has saved my life a few times. hoot really has been a godsend through lockdown. It has been the best thing to look forward to each week.”

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hoot awarded Level 2 from Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing

hoot is the only arts and health to be awarded Level 2 by Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing in Kirklees and we’re pretty chuffed about it!

Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing is the accreditation standard for groups and organisations delivering health and wellbeing services across the country. This means that hoot has had a full check up from external evaluators and we’ve been given the highest seal of approval for our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our service delivery. This includes:

  • The ability to put our service users first
  • Confidence in providing a safe environment
  • High quality service delivery and a culture of continual improvement
  • The ability to plan effective services based on need
  • Robust governance and management
  • Compliance with the Equality Act 
  • Positive workforce development
  • Continual improvement & Continued Personal Development
  • Commitment to setting and maintaining quality standards
  • Quality and confidence for funders

We’ve also demonstrated impact, leadership, partnership working and innovation in the development and delivery of person centred services, and that we have robust structures and processes in place that are reviewed regularly throughout the organisation.

hoot is now one of 18 organisations in Kirklees to be awarded the Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing accreditation. We’re exceptionally proud of the hoot team, especially our Operations Manager Lailla, for all the hard work that has gone into us achieving this accreditation. 

You can read more about Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing here: https://www.qualityforhealth.org.uk/ 

 

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Walk In My Shoes - Here & Now

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Project ended: 30/09/2021

hoot partnered with Lawrence Batley Theatre on their Here & Now project called Walk In My Shoes to bring people  people together across the generations.

Teaming the Lawrence Batley Theatre's extensive experience offering creative opportunities to young people with our ground-breaking Breathing Space groups for people with dementia and their carers and partners we brought together older and younger people to find out what it would be like to “walk in my shoes”.

Throughout Autumn 2021, young and old shared writing, stories and drama and discovered what they had in common and what was different about their lives. The experience was captured on film (watch below).

Walk In My Shoes was part of Here & Now, a national project supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking The National Lottery’s 25th birthday. Running in arts centres across the UK, Here & Now aimed to create new conversations and understanding between different groups of people who don’t usually have contact to develop new creative conversations. 

“It was fantastic to bring together people with such a diverse range of ages and experiences. The connections made felt even more exciting after 18 months of lockdown separation.” Breathing Space Project Manager, Moira