In-person activities update - October 2021

Our trials of in-person activities will soon be coming to an end and the team is busy reviewing the feedback on what has worked and what changes we can make to improve the activities on offer. We’re also looking at which groups have been the most popular, and which could return to the hoot building and to a venue in Dewsbury

Keep an eye on the What’s On for more information on activities taking place from now until the end of 2021, and how you can sign up to join in with sessions in Huddersfield and Dewsbury. We'll also update which of our online activities will continue running on hoot from home.

- the hoot team


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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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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: +44 (0)1484 516 224

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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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Breathing Space

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hoot's specialist arts and dementia project funded by Kirklees Council and the Kirklees CCG. 

Breathing Space offers a range of free creative activities to people living with the early stages of dementia and carer or family member; promoting positive relationships, building confidence and enhancing wellbeing. 

The Breathing Space project has featured on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. Participants of the programme have exhibited their work at Holmfirth Art Festival and Huddersfield Art Gallery.

We believe that people living with dementia can still enjoy new challenges and learn new things with the right opportunities and approach. Our focus is always on the positive and what's possible, rather than what isn't. Skilled, experienced artists design and deliver our activities and strive to make participation a fun, stimulating, enlightening and uplifting experience for people with dementia and their partner or carer.  

For more information on the Breathing Space project contact Moira Wade 

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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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Work with us

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We welcome partnership working and value the partners we have. Shared aims and collective endeavour within the sectors of arts, mental health and social care mean that we necessarily prioritise partnership working. We will all get a lot more done by working together, recognising, respecting (but also challenging at times) expertise and what we each bring to the task in hand.

If you are interested in working in partnership please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

NHS Kirklees CCG funds our Out of the Blue project. The CCG serves a population of around 437,000. They are a membership organisation made up of 64 GP practices. They are led by local GPs and it is their role to commission (plan and buy) the majority of hospital and community health services for the local population.
Arts Council England are the national development agency for creativity and culture. They invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.
Kirklees Council is the local authority providing most local government services for the borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England.
The National Lottery Community Fund gives grants to organisations in the UK to help improve their communities.
The staff team are going to be fighting to decide who wants to support it because we will all want to be in there.
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The feedback from the women and staff was incredible. They reported that “it was the best purposeful session we have ever had.”
OPDP project
Great engagement in all sessions with people contributing lyrics, singing along, and providing good feedback.
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We aim for hoot to be a supportive and nurturing workplace where you can feel able to explore and grow your professional practice. 

With IDE(A) at the heart of our thinking we recognise that ethnic minority communities are insufficiently represented across both the cultural sector [6] and the charity sector [7] We commit to ensuring our Board, employees, freelance contractors, membership and stakeholder groups are representative in terms of ethnicity, as well as Disability, socioeconomic background, sexuality, age and all recognised protected characteristics. We commit to amplifying Black voices and the voices of ethnic minority communities through our website, bulletin and social media. 



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Please note: hoot is not currently available to host activities by external organisations pending updates on the Stage 4 unlock on June 21.

Run a project with us

If you are someone with lived experience, an artist, academic, mental health worker or carer and want to suggest a project or highlight a need for hoot to work with you on, please get in touch. We will be happy to talk through the idea with you and if we can find a way to make it happen together then we will. 

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You can submit your enquiry using the form below. If you have any others queries please contact us.
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