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 

Funded by

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Year of Music 2023

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Kirklees is a district of world class music that stands proud on its rich and diverse musical heritage. Music is the beat of our heart, it is the sound of our communities, and it is the pulse of our towns and villages.

As part of the Yorkshire region’s plans for a Year of Culture in 2023, Kirklees has designated it as a Year of Music for the district. 2023 will celebrate the richness and diversity of our music heritage, the music created and performed today, and our ambition for the future, inclusive of all genres, all communities and in all forms.

In 2023, everyone will be able to encounter music in welcoming and friendly spaces and places; everyone will invited to be part of our music community, and everyone will be encouraged to experiment, learn, listen and enjoy.

hoot is proud to the Health and Wellbeing lead for Kirklees Year of Music 2023.

We know from our own experience that music can bring joy, comfort, fun, energy, movement and memories. Music can build social connections and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, enable self-expression and spiritual connection. It can also provide a safe space to experience strong human emotions within a cultural form that supports such public expression across a diverse and rich range of cultures and musical genres.

Scientific research is adding to our knowledge of how music impacts in these ways and how it can be used as a tool to:

•    reduce anxiety and contribute to maintaining good mental health and
emotional wellbeing
•    benefit the immune system
•    increase positive post-surgery outcomes
•    support physical exercise
•    improve the quality of life for those living with dementia
•    help with pain management

Across Kirklees, we are determined to work collaboratively to use this knowledge to benefit as many people as possible by developing solutions that build connections between Year of Music 2023 and our health, social care and community infrastructures including: GPs (general practice), Social Prescribers, charitable/voluntary sector, hospitals, residential care homes, libraries, support groups and the education sector.

We’re currently examining the evidence base for music and health, hearing about current good practice in arts, health and wellbeing, understanding health inequalities and priorities in Kirklees, mapping current music provision, developing relationships and partnerships with communities and stakeholders to enable us to deliver the following elements as part of the Year of Music:

Community music projects
Using music as tool to improve wellbeing, support mental health recovery, reduce social isolation and redress health inequalities. We’ll be co-producing music activities to support the health and wellbeing of underrepresented groups, delivering music activities to address specific health issues, improving the reach of successful hoot activities such as Out of the Blue and Breathing Space and commissioning and presenting artistic responses to health and wellbeing issues.

Influencing heart and minds to secure a legacy of support for music, health and wellbeing by building a network of support amongst local government, healthcare, culture and community leaders, increasing referrals to music activities through social prescribing and advocating for the benefits of music through events and fora.

Building, supporting and retaining a skilled workforce in Kirklees by delivering training and CPD for musicians, health and social care staff, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of musicians working in Kirklees and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of workers in Kirklees more broadly through music.

Building knowledge and understanding of the impact of participatory music on health and wellbeing through collaborative research projects and by evaluating our activities and sharing learning across the arts and health sectors.

To find out more about Health & Wellbeing and the Year of Music 2023, contact: 

Tel: 01484 516224   |

Arts and dementia 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.

Bates Mill,
Milford Street
Huddersfield, HD1 3DX

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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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.
HMiP project
Great engagement in all sessions with people contributing lyrics, singing along, and providing good feedback.
Overgate Hospice
The feedback from the women and staff was incredible. They reported that “it was the best purposeful session we have ever had.”
HMiP project


We do not have any vacancies available at the moment.

We aim for hoot to be a supportive and nurturing workplace where you can feel able to explore and grow your professional practice. Read about our commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity in the arts


Provide sessions

Please note: hoot is not currently available to host activities by external organisations.

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 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. 

Need help?

Submit your enquiry using the form below. For other queries please contact us.
Telephone:  01484 516 224   |   E-mail:

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Provide activities
Have you worked with us in the past?
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Make a referral

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hoot offers a range of free creative activities for adult mental health, and for people living with dementia and their partner, carer or family member.

If you’re already familiar with hoot and the activities that are most suited to your client you can refer them to us using the forms below. 

Alternatively, if you would like to sign up to either service you can use the same form below or visit any Activity in the Our Activities section.

Need help?

To browse the activities currently on offer to your clients, visit the Activities page. If you'd like to speak to a member of the team please contact us on
Telephone:  01484 516 224   |   E-mail:

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