hoot awarded Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status

hoot creative arts are thrilled by the news from Arts Council England that we were to remain within the National Portfolio of arts organisations in England (NPO) with a significant uplift to the funding we receive. 

Working in a Priority Place and with strong contribution to ACE’s Let’s Create Strategy with our focus on the mental health benefits of engaging in arts activities we were hopeful that we could get a good outcome…but you never know! 

The team at hoot have been working flat out during the Covid-19 pandemic to meet the increasing levels of need for services like ours, and to refine the changes that were necessary in our day to day activities to maintain contact and delivery with participants whilst keeping everyone safe. This funding will allow us to build some much needed additional capacity and relieve some of the pressures experienced by the team over the last couple of years. 

Highlights we are particularly excited to build upon include: 

  • A successful partnership with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to develop ‘Creative Space’ evening drop in sessions  (Huddersfield and Batley). 

  • Partnership with Older People’s Residential services to deliver within care homes and develop the Creative Care Planning initiative. 

  • Redesigning the dementia service ‘Breathing Space’ to ensure delivery meets needs post covid. 

  • Funding secured to develop a service for people with Learning Disabilities in residential and community settings. 

  • Kirklees Year of Music 2023 - Health and Wellbeing programme and legacy development. 

This growth across our projects will be accompanied by new core staff and leadership roles so keep your eyes on our website and social media for recruitment calls starting soon for a wide range of exciting new roles. 

We are proud to be part of a strong group of NPOs in Kirklees but are aware that many great organisations weren’t successful in applying for NPO status and we are keen to work in partnership and use our status as an NPO to bolster the creative health sector in Kirklees and beyond. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported hoot over the years, we are looking forward to what's next. 


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