11 Dec

Another Very Creative Handcrafted Christmas Present

Our loyal supporter and fundraiser Joan Townend has handcrafted another very creative handcrafted Christmas present to raise funds for the Howlands.


Noah and his Ark has been knitted by Joan, there are 17 pairs of animals, as well as other characters, which you can see in the picture.

We are always impressed with the work and dedication that goes into Joan’s knitted creations. Where could you find anything else like this? It is very definitely a one-off.

We wonder who will be having a happy Christmas playing with this !
5 Dec
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Another beautiful shopping bag crafted by Pam.
This one is a stunning country cottage image made to order for one of  our volunteers,  Brenda Miles, but has another one on order – getting very popular!
There’s definitely an ordering queue for these quality shoppers, or should I say works of art.
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30 Nov

Coffee Morning Raises Money for Howlands

Christine Sykes, our long serving staff member, decided to hold a coffee morning at her home and invited the neighbours round to join in for catch up and a natter whilst raising money to support Howlands.
Christine was absolutely delighted when ten people turned up for coffee and cakes.
In addition to coffee and cakes a raffle was held  and a total of well over £30 was raised which will go towards the Howlands fundraising pot – everyone had a great time in good company. Thank you for thinking of Howlands.
23 Nov
Another completed shopping bag make to order

Another Complete Shopping Bag Make to Order

Pam’s getting busy and here is another complete shopping bag make to order and ready to hit the shops.

Another completed shopping bag make to order

Just look at the detail! This one is for our very own Judith Cass. 

Not one to rest, Pam has already started on her next shopping bag order. Don’t forget to place your order for a bag for life.


20 Nov

Snap up an up-cycled hessian bag for your Christmas gifts as part of our fundraising activities at Howlands

As part of continuing fundraising activities at Howlands we have been creatively up-cycling hessian bags in the hope they will be snapped up.
This is a regular activity here at Howlands and from experience we know the bags are very popular, so fingers crossed this time will be no different.
Pam Long, one of our members, holds the latest bag that she has finished to sell to support the work that we have do. Just look at how detailed the embroidary is – fabulous work and truly a one-off piece of craft.
1 Nov

Fundraising Event Success for Howlands

Fund Raising Evening at Nikoz restaurant in Ossett.
Our new chairperson Cath Longley welcomed members, volunteers and fund raisers to a fund raising event at Nikoz restaurant in Ossett.
Everyone enjoyed the evening out which included Greek dancing and plate spinning.
Cath Longley said that is was really good to see everybody enjoying themselves while raising money for such a good cause.
She thanked the staff at Nikoz for the lovely meals and for making it such a pleasant evening.
She added that we are really pleased that we have raised £210.00 for Howlands.
3 Oct
Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees

Tom Ellis Steps Down as the Chair of Trustees

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the the League of Friendship, Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees.

Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees

He said that he had been involved with Howlands for 17 years in various roles and felt that it was time for someone else to take a lead. He went on to say that he had really enjoyed his time working with the staff, volunteers and members.
Tom thanked his fellow trustees, and the manager Deborah Hall, for their hard work in obtaining  their recent grant from the Big Lottery.
Cath Longley who did much of the work on the grant has now taken on the role of Chair of the Trustees.
Cath said: “I am looking forward to building upon the fantastic work that Tom has done. With such a brilliant team of staff and volunteers and a brand new building, the future is looking bright“.
25 Sep

Could you join our Board of Trustees?

come and join our board of trustees.

6968_066Are you interested in joining our small charity’s successful team?

The staff, members, volunteers and trustees of Howlands have worked hard to bring the charity into the 21st Century, and recently were successful in gaining a Big Lottery grant used for the refurbishment of the charity’s building.

Could you help Howlands maintain its place in Dewsbury and surrounding areas as an important provider of services to vulnerable people? Do you feel that you have the skills, experience and competencies which will assist planning for future stability?

If so please come and talk to us.

Call and speak to Tom or Deborah on 01924 463693

25 Sep
Howlands open day

Howlands Invites you to an Open Evening

Howlands invites you to drop in on an opening evening on Monday 16th October 2017 between 5-7pm to learn more about what Howlands can do for you.

Howlands Open Evening

Come and look around our newly refurbished and modernised building on School Street, Dewsbury and see the transformational work for yourself.


Learn more about using our services which promote the welfare of adults with physical and mental disabilities through art based activities, or find out more about volunteering in a friendly relaxed organisation which offers opportunities to meet new people and make friends.



New since the refurbishment are our adaptable and flexible spaces for hire. Hold a meeting, conference, training session or group activity here within the modern and refreshing interior of Howlands.

Contact us to enquire or learn more    01924 463693