Read this very nice letter from the The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team commending our service. We didn’t win but we feel like winners. Thank you to everyone, we are incredibly proud to have been nominated.
“Dear Tom Ellis, Dewsbury and District League of Friendship
I am writing to inform you that Dewsbury and District League of Friendship was nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.
The nomination of Dewsbury and District League of Friendship for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. Everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, should feel immensely proud of the recognition that a nomination for this Award represents.
The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the Independent Assessment Committee.
On behalf of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team, please convey to your volunteers and other staff, our warm appreciation of the excellent work they do and of the enormous benefit it represents to the local community.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team are pleased to recognise the value of your work and the significance of your nomination for this Award.
For and on behalf of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team”
Is corking your thing? Crochet for fun? Like to chat as you tat? Join our new woolcraft group here in Dewsbury.
Does your tapestry work show off your style? Are you creative with wool?
If you like to be sociable and have ideas for designs you’d like to explore why not join our meeting, swap ideas, and meet others who share the same interests.
Join our Woolcraft group every Thursday morning from 9.30am – 12.30pm at the Howlands, School Street, Dewsbury.
Price per person per session is £2.50.
For further information please contact Becki on 01924 463693.
Once again, Howlands’ Trustee and fundraiser, Dawn Field with the help of her husband, Michael, organised another successful event to raise funds for Howlands.
This was the Quiz Night held on the 22nd April 2016 at Shawcross Boys Club which proved to be a very popular venue, judging by the seventy quizzers, who attended the event.
Included in the entrance fee was entry into the Draw with its many attractive prizes, and a very tasty pie and peas supper.
The Quiz was won by a team from the Whitfield Centre who generously donated their prize money back to Howlands.
Many thanks to Gary the quizmaster, Cheryl who organised the supper, and Dawn and Michael for all their hard work which raised in excess of £400 for Howlands. We all look forward to the next Quiz Night which has been promised soon!
The Dewsbury based Howlands recently featured on Kirklees Local TV to promote and reach out to the local community about its increased day services.
Watch the short programme here: Programme on Kirklees Local TV
Listen to our very own centre manager and enthusiastic service members explaining what it is that is good about the Howlands.
The Howlands has extended its opening hours to operate morning art sessions in addition to the afternoon classes already on offer.
Centre manager Deborah Hall says: “What a fabulous experience creating our very promotional programme. It’s enabled us to communicate further about our services, and how we can help those who don’t know about us.
Hopefully we will attract more members and continue to grow our support network to provide people who need it with a safe, friendly, and sociable environment.”
The Howlands is a supportive and friendly community for vulnerable adults in need of support services.
Kirklees Local TV is a Social Enterprise based in West Yorkshire. Since our launch in November 2011, we have explored and informed the community, providing topical and interactive web content and offering businesses, civic representatives and residents an opportunity to make known their viewpoints on a variety of subjects.
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.