Speak Our Music November with Mind the Gap

Join us for a discussion about mental health and music - from hobbyists to professional musicians - all are welcome. Food and drink provided.

Each session will be hosted by an experienced musician who will demonstrate their speciality and talk about how music and wellbeing have impacted their professional and creative life.

This session is hosted by Marie and Mellissa from Mind the Gap.

Mind the Gap is a learning disability performance and arts company, breaking barriers and celebrating diversity.

Book a free place online or call us on 01484 516224

This event is free and part of Kirklees Year of Music 2023

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YVIK Autumn 2023 Newsletter

The official release of the Autumn 2023 Your Voice in Kirklees Newsletter is today and we hope everybody enjoys reading this edition! 

Your Voice in Kirklees (YVIK) creates quarterly newsletters created by volunteers from Kirklees branches of Richmond Fellowship, S2R, WomenCentre, Clear, hoot creative arts, Touchstone and Carers Count. New contributors are always welcome, we meet Wednesday's via Zoom at 12.30pm, please email if you'd like to join for the first meeting of the Winter edition which starts on the 25th October!

Please find below details on the ways people can read/download this newsletter. There's 2 different versions, a standard version (45MB~) and a high quality print version (92MB~) both downloadable from the YVIK Google Drive link below.

  1. Standard Version of YVIK Autumn Newsletter (45MB~) -
  2. High Quality Version of YVIK Autumn Newsletter (92MB~ For print use) -
  3. All of our newsletters are available on the new Richmond Fellowship Kirklees Employment Service website's official newsletter webpage -
  4. Access through the YVIK social media - If you want to keep in touch with the newsletter group or potentially join/contribute for the Winter edition.
  5. Directly on Canva by clicking the link or scanning the QR code attached below -


If you would  like to contribute towards the Winter edition please reach out to

The deadline for Winter edition submissions is 5th December 2023 (everyone welcome). Thank you to everyone who contributed for the Autumn Edition!

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AfterParty Hudd

Purple strobe lights cut through a dark club. Someone stands recording on their phone.

These sessions take place at

Laurel Court,
2 Industrial Street,

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Learn how to host your own party! AfterParty workshops

 In these sessions you will:

  • Learn how to DJ
  • Explore different types of dance and music styles
  • Create props for your party

No experience needed and no need to come to every session.

Who are these workshops for?

These workshops are for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. You are welcome to bring support.

How much does it cost?

These workshops are free and free refreshments are provided.

When are the workshops?

Huddersfield workshops 

Laurel Court, 2 Industrial Street, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6AW

10am - 3pm on

+ Wednesday 25th October

+ Wednesday 1st November

+ Friday 3rd November

+ Wednesday 8th November


Batley workshops

The Crescent, 40 Station Road, Batley WF17 5SU

10am - 3pm on

+ Friday 27th October

+ Friday 10th November

How do I join?

Call us on 01484 516224 or email to sign up.

You can also drop in to any workshop on the day.

Hope to see you there!

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Toolkits and resources for Creative Health

This page details toolkits, guidance, factsheets, and reports from organisations across the UK that can help you to develop cultural and creative health programmes.


Toolkits, guidance and factsheets

Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA)

Live Music in Care

A Choir In Every Care Home

Singing Side By Side

 Resources for Autism


Reports and Research

National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH)

Guild Hall School

UK Music and Music for Dementia

Making Music

National Academy for Social Prescribing 


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Mental Health Services – Are we doing things right

The time has come when Kirklees Council and the NHS re-tender the current Community Option contracts.

Kirklees Council and the NHS Integrated Commissioning Board commission 5 contracts to support people’s mental health in Kirklees:

  • Self-help, Wellbeing and Recovery – currently run by Community Links as CLEAR
  • Mental Health Creative Arts – currently run by hoot as Out of the Blue
  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and the Natural Environment – currently run by S2R as The Great Outdoors
  • Women’s Mental Health – currently run by WomenCentre
  • Integrated Carers Options – currently run by Cloverleaf under Carers Count as Carers Count Mental Health

The contracts offer a variety of activities and support which aim to:

  • Improve community mental health services for people and with people
  • Ensure services are accessible to all
  • Increase positive outcomes for people in using the services
  • Enable and create independence and resilience
  • Increase prevention and early intervention work

The current contracts end in March 2024 and should the services continue to be seen as needed to meet the mental health needs of people in Kirklees we are required by procurement rules to re-tender these services.

The council and the NHS Integrated Commissioning Board would like your help to identify the future need and what, if any, changes we should make to improve the offer for the future.

The service review is not a review of the current providers; it is a review of the need for the provision of services to support those with mental health needs in Kirklees. Therefore, if you could think more about the services and what you feel is needed rather than how well (or otherwise) you think the providers have delivered these services. This will support us in reviewing and making improvements for the future.

The survey will run to 7 July

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Welcome Sessions are back at hoot

What is a Welcome Session? 

• Try out our activities and see if they’re right for you (no experience needed, promise!)  

• Meet some of the hoot team  

• Visit the building to familiarise yourself with our location 

• Ask questions and more 

Wednesday 24 May 
11:30am - 12:30pm 
hoot creative arts, Bates Mill, Milford Street, Huddersfield HD1 3DX 
view on Google Maps 

This welcome session is for our creativity for mental health programme which is free for adults who live in Kirklees and who want to do something to help to look after their mental health and wellbeing. A diagnosis is not necessary  See the full timetable of our activities online here 

A welcome session is also a great way to get a taste of what hoot offers so that you can signpost your clients or service users.   

How to sign up

Please sign up by calling hoot on 01484 516224 or emailing with your name and contact information. 



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