We’re celebrating at the Howlands today. We’ve just received news we have secured a very generous grant of £50,000 from the Big Lottery Community Buildings fund to help us build our case and application for a grant to refurbish our wonderful building in the heart of Dewsbury.
The initial grant has three roles, it will help to employ an architect, develop a business plan, and hire a management consultant to help us look at improving how the Howlands is run and developed.
We are fortunate enough to be able to employ three local firms to help us. Horbury based architects, Acropolis Design, Cath Longley of Good Fundraising from Ossett is writing our business plan, and Lynda Swinden of Oyster Consultancy based in Flockton is providing the management consultancy, Chew PR of Wakefield is providing voluntary PR services and mentoring to help us with our PR and marketing communication.
We are very pleased with this team who are keen to work together to help us achieve our aims and help us to continue to build on a much needed service.
Every year the Big Lottery Fund distributes millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK. They are responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. In our 2014-15 financial year, we awarded more than £1 billion to projects with a social mission.
Based in Dewsbury, Howlands endeavours to promote the varied abilities of our local community.
Look at our fantastic new postcards.
Everyone at Howlands would like to say a BIG thanks to all at Batley Bulldogs for helping us make our firewalk a success. We would like to thank Jon for our Friday morning Kurling sessions. We wish them a very merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year.
Help support a local independent Dewsbury charity which supports adults with disabilities through arts and crafts activities.
Saturday 28th November 2015
From 7.00 pm
Batley Bulldogs Fox’s Biscuits Stadium
Full instructions will be given
For further details and a sponsor form please
telephone Deborah Hall on 01924 463693
An upholstery company shared its trade secrets with a charity so it can raise more cash to keep itself afloat. Shackleton opened its doors to The Howland Centre, based in School Street, Dewsbury – a charity for disabled people which fundraises by taking on furniture-making projects from the public. By sharing information, it is hoped the centre can improve its upholstery services and make up for lack of funding affecting its services.
Howlands manager Deborah Hall said: “We were eager to learn about upholstering but had no access to the right skills until Shackletons offered to help us. Upholstering is an activity many of our service users enjoy, and we also make money taking in upholstery projects from members of the public who pay us for our services.”
Shackletons invited Deborah to attend a workshop at the Dewsbury factory, where assistant operations manager Tony Render showed her the skills needed to complete projects with a professional finish.
Tony said: “We had heard about their lack of funding and knew we could make a positive contribution. By sharing our knowledge and skills we hope they will now be able to put this to good use and start to earn enough money to keep their services going.”
Deborah added: ”There is so much more to it than we thought and we are extremely grateful to Tony and Shackletons for sharing their trade secrets to help us make a success of our services ”
What a loverly surprise from the The West Riding a generous donation of £205
A new era begins today (Friday) for one of Dewsbury’s best loved charities.
The Howland Centre on School Street has taken on three new staff to extend the work it does with disabled people.
Increased opening hours will allow more classes to run and for people from the wider community to join.
And a new name, HOWLANDS, was due to be unveiled by Mayor of Kirklees Councillor Paul Kane today.
The centre has been run by the Dewsbury and District League of Friendship for more than 60 years.
Disabled people across North Kirklees are supported through arts and crafts activities.
Some of their colourful artwork has been displayed at venues including Batley Art Gallery One painter, Nico Griffin, 42, of Dewsbury, was born with hydrocephalus, a brain condition which affects his sight, co-ordination and walking.
Through HOWLANDS he overcame these problems to create art full of bright geometric shapes.
The hiring of a development worker and two assistants will enable staff at HOWLANDS help members do more.
Manager Deborah Hall said: “We have an exciting and challenging time ahead of us.”
“The change of name does not mean that we are losing the values and ethos that have been built up over the years.
“It means we are offering even more to our members and volunteers and more opportunities for the local community to use our facilities.”
The public are invited to see the facilities on offer at HOWLANDS from Monday, July 6th to Thursday, July 9th (11AM – 3PM).
Last Thursday we had 30 different community organisations at a VK meeting in the Centre.
Everyone was impressed by our building so we are hoping that we may get some room lettings from their enquiries.
At only £12.50 an hour we are very reasonable.
Many thanks to Douglas Hird and Shaw Cross Boys Club who gave us £50 to buy art materials for our members.
Also thanks to Dewsbury Rotary who continue to give us support and donated £20.
Finally thanks to Wilkinson’s Dewsbury who gave us a voucher for our Raffle