17 May
Howlands auction update

Charity Quiz Night Raises Funds For Howlands

Once again, Howlands’ Trustee and fundraiser, Dawn Field with the help of her husband, Michael, organised another successful event to raise funds for Howlands.

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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!

21 Apr
Supportive services and activities at the Howlands.

Howlands Services on TV

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.


11 Apr
Tom Carr, who has recently turned 90 wearing his Croix De Guerre.

Howlands Member Celebrates 90th Birthday!

We’d just like to take this opportunity to congratulate, and pass on our best wishes, to Tom Carr who is celebrating his 90th birthday.
A dedicated member of the Howlands, Tom recently turned 90! We knew we’d get his age out of him eventually!
Tom Carr, who has recently turned 90 wearing his Croix De Guerre.

Tom Carr, who has recently turned 90 wearing his Croix De Guerre.

For many years Tom has battled all weather conditions on his electric scooter to be at the Howlands to socialise and make his speciality – wooden toys. 
Unbelievably Tom just happened to mention he has just received the  “Croix De Guerre” from the French Government. The medal was awarded to him for his role in the D-Day landings in 1944.
An amazing achievement, we are all very proud of him, a true hero.
4 Apr
Big Lottery Bid for the Community Buildings grant

Grant Win Secures Plan to Refurbish Building

Big Lottery Bid for the Community Buildings grant

Big Lottery Bid for the Community Buildings grant

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.

15 Dec
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Big thanks to Batley Bulldogs

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.

3 Nov

Firewalking For Howlands

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

7 Aug

Shackletons Donation

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 ”


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10 Jul
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New image old values

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).