Trialling new activities for people with learning disabilities

It’s #LearningDisabilityWeek and we’re excited to share with you some work we’ve been doing trialling new activities for people with learning disabilities.

Thanks to Third Sector Leaders, we received a grant to run 6 free creative activities at Kirklees College and MENCAP Waverley Hall where participants created art work to be projected and to be worn on t-shirts!

Being creative makes us feel good, and we had some fantastic feedback from participants who said that taking part was good for their wellbeing, they felt a positive effect on their self confidence and self-esteem, and that the social space in hoot activities made them feel more relaxed.

Watch this space for a new programme of work actively involving people with learning disabilities from hoot.

A collage of photos of people taking part in an activity where you design your own tshirt

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Woman stands on a beach smiling

Arts and dementia Batley

breathing space batley

Where we are

Breathing Space activities in Batley take place at:

Batley Community Centre
Upper Commercial Street
WF17 5DH


Attendance enquiry
Who is making the referral
Details of the Person living with dementia
Details of the Professional Referrer
How did you hear about us?
Details of the Carer/Relative
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Vacancy: Join the hoot team

Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator & Producer  - Year of Music 2023  

We're looking for an exceptional candidate to realise the ambition and opportunity of this post in developing a sustainable role for participatory music making in support of the mental health and wellbeing for people across Kirklees. 

Successful applicants will become part of the experienced and committed team here at hoot creative arts and work in an agile way between our offices and studios in central Huddersfield, home working and other venues as and when required. 

This is a readvertisement of this post and we would politely ask previous applicants not to re-apply. 

We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. Each new hire is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, and we are always eager to further diversify the organisation. 


Download the Application Information Pack and Application Form, and learn more about Year of Music 2023 here.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12.00pm / midday on Monday 28th February 2022 

Interviews: Shortlisted candidate interviews will be held remotely via Zoom or in person in Huddersfield depending on Covid restrictions, and the location and needs of applicants during week commencing 7th March 2022.  

Expected start date: ASAP April depending on notice period if currently employed. 

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Woman stands on a beach smiling

Visual Arts Dewsbury

Artist with paint palette

Where we are

hoot activities in Dewsbury take place at Oak Tree Studios. Note: this is not a hoot office. 

Oak Tree Studios
Reman House, 1st & 2nd Floor,
South St, Dewsbury WF13 1JS

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Please select your role
Attendee details
How did you hear about us?
By telling us how you heard about hoot and our sessions you will be helping us to evaluate our publicity and marketing and make changes to improve visibility and accessibility.
Do you/they have a Keyworker, CPN or Social Worker?
Keyworker/CPN Details
If there is a Keyworker, have they carried out a risk assessment?
Emergency Contact Details
hoot may contact your client's emergency contact if we have concerns regarding their health whilst attending the service. Please ask your client to inform their emergency contact that their details have been given to HOOT for this purpose.
Doctor's Details
Attended hoot before?
Interested in
Interested in
Part 1: Which of the following applies to you/the person you are referring?
Part 2: Which of the following applies to you/the person you are referring? Select all that apply
Have you/they got a Community Care Assessment (CPA)?
Are you/is this person eligible for Direct Payments / Personal Budget?
Have you/they accessed any other services in Kirklees?
Referrer Details
Referrer Organisation Details
Risk Factors
I confirm that the person I am referring is able to participate in Out of the Blue activities independently, or will be provided with the appropriate support. (Contact hoot if in doubt)

Dignity & Respect
hoot believes everyone participating in our activities should be treated with dignity and respect. Verbal abuse, bullying and aggression towards staff, volunteers or other participants is unacceptable, and constitutes grounds for exclusion from all activities.

The data submitted on this form will be stored securely in hoot Creative Arts' database in order to process your referral and contact you with regards to attending sessions. You can read our Privacy Policy here.

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In-person activities update - January 2022

We are constantly monitoring the local and national situation so in light of the government’s increased level of caution, we now require masks to be worn for the full duration of sessions and we will be providing masks to everyone who visits our sessions.

We also ask that you take a lateral flow test before attending a session where possible.

If you or someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 please do not attend hoot for 10 days from the date of the positive test.

As always, please let us know if you can't attend.

Our other Covid-19 safety guidelines have not changed: 
We require that you make space between you and others and that you use the hand sanitisers provided. We will still be ventilating the space which does mean things could get chilly so please wrap up warm.

We look forward to seeing you at the groups this week – the hoot team.



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Woman stands on a beach smiling

Walk In My Shoes - About My Life

hoot creative arts and The Lawrence Batley Theatre are inviting you to take part in this exciting creative project in August.

If someone said "tell me about your life" what would you say? 
In this short series of sessions, older people and young people from The Lawrence Batley Theatre will come together to share stories from each other's lives and turn them into new stories - all with the support of our fabulous professional artists. 
Your experiences will be captured on film which will be premiered at The Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Walk In My Shoes is part of a national project running in arts centers across the UK to create new conversations and understanding between different groups of people. 
When Mondays 26th July, 9th, 16th, 23rd August 11.30am til 1pm
don't worry if you can't make all the sessions
Where  The Lawrence Batley Theatre Courtyard
Cost Free

You must book in advance by contacting Moira at or on telephone 07388 800767

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Woman stands on a beach smiling

Contact us

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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.

Bates Mill,
Milford Street
Huddersfield, HD1 3DX


Telephone:  01484 516 224

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Hoot Creative Arts view from Queen Street South

How to find us

By car

Leave the Huddersfield ring road onto Queen Street South or Chapel Hill and turn onto Milford Street. On street parking is available nearby for 4 or 8 hours. hoot does not have a dedicated car park. 

By bus

The closest bus stop to hoot is on the A616 Chapel Hill, Stop ID: 45021502 or Stop ID: 45021504. You can also travel to Huddersfield Bus Station and walk  to hoot in approximately 10 minutes.

By train

hoot is a 15 minute walk from Huddersfield Rail Station through the town centre.

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