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Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Arts

‘If art is the act of making and sharing meaning and thus defining the human experience, then, self-evidently, it is, or should be, available to everyone.’ (A Restless Art – Francois Matarasso)

Inclusion Diversity and Equity in the Arts IDE(A) : Is a prism through which we will view all of our work and that has driven a brave and uncompromising internal discussion.

During 2020/21, prompted by the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter protests globally we have been holding regular discussions amongst the staff team around Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Arts, what we at hoot have called the IDE(A). We have challenged our individual behaviour, practices and unconscious biases and this continues professionally in our recruitment (of staff and participants), programming and marketing, outreach and audience development. These discussions have been really useful and are on-going, but we have agreed we must now move into an action phase to address IDE(A) across all our operations and IDE(A) will be a priority from this point on so that our practice and the systems that support it change. We encourage everyone associated with hoot to raise questions and challenge as this is the only way we will make real progress as an organisation, as individuals and as a community.

To this end we are now moving from focusing on inequality to building equity and will prioritise Inclusion, Diversity and Equity as a central theme throughout our work in 2021-22 to build equitable internal systems for the long term :

  • In programming and delivery methods group and 1:1 (digital / in-person /off line/ Spectrum)
  • Of participants (based on local demographics & communities we are not currently reaching ethnicity / geography / protected characteristic)
  • The referral routes (self and from partner organisations from community & voluntary sector, public sector)
  • In identifying needs (adults, people with dementia & carers, older people, children & young people, secure settings, health inequalities  etc)
  • In devising a Sourcing Strategy for recruiting a more diverse  workforce & governance team(ethnicity / gender / artform / location/skills/educational attainment)
  • In appropriate funding sources (grants / investment / earned / commissions/donations) and what those funders are engaged in.
  • Our project development pipeline (eg. initiated by empowered communities, co-production models)
  • Developing new and existing partnership and collaboration (local, regional, national & international)
  • Diversity in working practices and staffing structures (agile, remote, office based)
  • In marketing and promotion of the projects Hoot offers

We are not a funder, but as a charity working within arts and mental health, two sectors with historic record of discrimination and inequity we find the Association of Charitable Foundations model of nine pillars a useful way of thinking about the steps we should take:

  1. invests time and resources in understanding and defining diversity, equity and inclusion
  2. produces and reviews strategies that will implement DEI [diversity, equality & inclusion] practices
  3. collects, tracks and publishes DEI data on its own practices and performance
  4. has a diverse trustee board and staff team, both in terms of demographics and experience
  5. reflects and implements DEI practices in its funding activities
  6. expresses its DEI commitment, policies and practices publicly
  7. makes itself accountable to those it serves and supports
  8. uses its own power to advocate for and advance DEI practices
  9. collaborates with others to promote and implement DEI practices

‘Culture is the expression of beliefs and values in the everyday conduct of life. Art is the toolbox that enables people to interfere with their own culture.’ ( A restless Art – Francois Matarasso)

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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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'Ow do!

We’re really chuffed to be welcoming you to our brand spanking new website where you can discover how being creative makes you feel good. Things are looking pretty different around here but we’re still the same hoot team you already know. 

If you’re new around here, welcome! We’re hoot and we’re dedicated to championing the benefits that being creative has on our mental and physical health, and well-being. 

Ready to get stuck in? Head over to Activities and to see all the creative activities on offer right now. You can sign up to join our online hub hoot from home, or get creative booklets delivered right to your door (sounds good, right?)

This site is fresh from the oven so if you do spot a bug or an error let us know at info@hootmusic.co.uk

Ta'ra for now - the hoot team

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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?
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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.
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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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About us

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Who we are 

hoot creative arts is an arts and mental health charity based in the town centre of Huddersfield, England. We offer a diverse range of creative activities that support mental health and emotional wellbeing. We have been running for 18 years.

We recognise that care and maintenance of our mental health is a normal and vital part of our lives and working creatively with the experienced, skilled and compassionate team at hoot can help you establish creative self care techniques that are fun too. 

     Our delivery is for a range of groups and settings and includes :

  • Adult Mental Health services
  • People living with a diagnosis of dementia and their carer
  • End of life health services
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Wellbeing at Work
  • Children & Young People’s projects
  • Supported Residential settings
  • Safe and Secure digital platforms

hoot is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and in 2020 were proud to be given the Health and Wellbeing lead for Kirklees Year of Music 2023. We are jointly commissioned by Kirklees Council, Kirklees and NHS Kirklees CCG to provide a creative arts programme within the adult mental health service across Kirklees. This commission encourages strong working links with other local charities as part of the Working Together Better partnership so where other options could be helpful we can signpost and make introductions that integrate services and make it easier to get the support you may seek.

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History and ethos

Creative Expression, making a mark and being seen and heard is fundamental to being human. We believe that we all have a creative and imaginative capacity that is of central importance to our mental and physical health, wellbeing and happiness. Our aim at hoot is to nurture and support your recognition and use of this creative capacity.

During 2020/21, prompted by the resurgence of Black Lives Matter we have been holding regular discussions amongst the staff team around Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Arts, what we at hoot have called the IDE(A). We have challenged our individual behaviour, practices and unconscious biases and this continues professionally in our recruitment (of staff and participants), programming and marketing. These discussions have been really useful and are ongoing, but we now move into an action phase to address IDE(A) across all our operations and IDE(A) will be a priority from this point on. We encourage everyone associated with hoot to raise questions and challenge as this is the only way we will make real progress as an organisation, as individuals and as a community.

About Arts and Health

Recognition of the links between Arts & Health or between Culture, Health and Wellbeing, we know, have existed since modern humans emerged between 200,000 to 100,000 years ago. We have long felt the need to understand our existence and re-present it in one form or another. Telling a story, singing it in a song, painting an image of it or writing it down - the aim is the same - to come together, hold a moment in common for a time and therefore share the lives we lead with one another, be heard and/or seen and enjoy the connection and community bond that creates. That fundamental need for human connection that the arts, culture and in particular participatory arts with its shared creative engagement provides is vital, as was evident during the height of the pandemic in 2020-21.

Over the last 20 years as the evidence base has grown Arts & Health has become more accepted by the infrastructure around arts funding and of the health service. To read more we will continue to post links to articles and organisations here and abroad along with recent research into the field. If in doubt just remember our phrase and you won’t go far wrong….Being Creative Makes You Feel Good.

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Our team

Here are the lovely folk who work here at hoot

Kathy Creative Support Worker

Kathy

Creative Support Worker

Jess Singing

Jessica

Singing / OPDP

Jonathan Creative Supoort Worker

Jonathan

Creative Support Worker

Sally Internal Artist

Sally

Internal Artist (Visual Arts)

Michael Creative Pathways Project Manager

Michael

Creative Pathways Project Manager

Qudsia Marketing & Admin Officer

Qudsia

Marketing & Admin Officer

CEO Gavin Clayton

Gavin

CEO

Tor Out of the Blue Service Manager

Tor

Out of the Blue Service Manager

Lailla Operations (Finance + Admin) Manager

Lailla

Operations (Finance + Admin) Manager

Rob Internal Artist (Music)

Rob

Internal Artist (Music)

Carmel Senior support worker

Carmel

Senior Support Worker

Moira Breathing Space

Moira

Breathing Space Manager

Holly Marketing & Admin Officer / Participation & Progression Co-ordinator

Holly

Marketing & Admin Officer / Participation & Progression Co-ordinator

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Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees

Natasha Interim Chair of the Board

Natasha McCreesh

Interim Chair of the Board

Amanda

Amanda McKenzie

Claire

Claire Richardson

Dave Treasurer

Dave Barnes

Treasurer