17 Jul
Tom's friend

Enjoying the rich nature in our own gardens

There’s been a strong theme of nature for Howlands members and volunteers.

We’ve all been enjoying the rich nature in our own gardens, take a look at the pictures below.

Pam Tom's friend






Tom had an very special visitor in his garden, although I don’t think the other birds were happy! Amazing to see though!

And take a look at Pam enjoyign the sun and sharing with us a picture of her flower bed development.

Brilliant photographs – thank you.

17 Jul
Becki water garden

Lockdown Garden Inspiration From Howlands Member

Our members and volunteers have been very busy in their gardens during lockdown.

Becki, like many others, took to the garden and even though the garden centres were closed she successfully managed to grow, tomatoes, peas, beans, peppers and spring onions.

Take a look at these impressive pictures:

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By July she had her first crop of radishes, lettuce, rocket and strawberries. She didn’t stop there though.

Inspired by Howlands member, John Walmsley, who made his own water garden, Beckit took on the challenge to develop her own little living water garden.

It’s a work in progress, but look at the picture, Becki loves it and so do we.

Doesn’t it look fantastic?

2 Mar


Looking to make fundraising exhilarating, Dewsbury gym owner Sam the Man is leading an Aerobathon to raise funds for the Howlands Centre.

804b7b7d-18d0-445a-9d43-3f2912b15f1aA keen community champion, the Muscle Pit owner is encouraging people to come to together to not only raise their endorphin levels but sponsorship money during a 90 minute non-stop aerobics session.

Make a note of the date, scheduled to take place at the Muscle Pit gym on the 5th April at 2pm you can get your sponsorship forms from the Howlands Centre Main Hall.

Howlands centre manager Deborah Hall says: “We were delighted Sam is taking on this challenge, and encouraging others to do so, to raise money for our community centre. It’s with the kindness and dedication of people like Sam that we can continue to open our doors to provide friendship and activities to adults with disabilities to meet.”

Please help make a positive impact in Dewsbury, sign-up and raise money for a good cause with a good bunch of people.

27 Feb

Pancake Dog Mascot Receives a Shrove Tuesday Offering

The Howlands pancake dog mascot receives a Shrove Tuesday offering from local gym owner, and guess what, it’s a pancake!
Sam Cullingworth, owner of The Muscle Pit gym in Dewsbury, visited Howlands on Shrove Tuesday to present the Centre’s Pancake Dog.
For those of you who don’t know, our Pancake Dog can be seen perched right on the roof of the building and it is alleged to jump down for his pancake when the bell is rung on Shrove Tuesday.
We didn’t see the dog come down for his pancake! But we certainly enjoyed our pancakes.

Pictured is Sarah Ford, a Muscle Pit member, and Sam Cullingworth, Muscle Pit owner, with our members left-right Tracey Porritt, Amanda Radforth and Paul Radforth.

3 Jan
Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to our members, volunteers, friends, and supporters.

Thank you for making 2019 so successful for Howlands.

We’re very much looking forward to working with you all in 2020 to continue to build on our success.

3 Jan

Cake Decorating Takes on a Festive Theme

Howlands really did get creative over the Christmas period!

Creative Cake Decorating


A cake decorating class resulting in these amazing Yule Logs.

It goes without saying we had a very enjoyable time and many thanks to Julia Fenton for her patience in showing us how to achieve such Christmassy results.



11 Dec
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We are really pleased to announce that the Asda Foundation has provided Howlands with a grant for £300 to help us bring the community, volunteers and members together during our Christmas fuddle to say thank you to everyone who supports our charity and services on the 13th of December.

Pictured here is Sharon Kingswood, Asda’s Community Champion based at Asda Mill Street West, Dewsbury who presented the cheque for £300 to Deborah Hall, Howlands manager, and volunteer, Hamzah Hussain.

Asda Presentation jpgMany thanks to Sharon, for her assistance with the application and to Asda Foundation for their generosity. We look forward to welcoming you all on Friday the 13th to catch up, share stories, and raise a toast to the success of Howlands during the past year.

The Asda Foundation give independent grants and support locally relevant projects throughout the UK. Whether its helping, charities, local good causes, or community activity, all make a real difference to your local community.



3 Dec
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Howlands Welcomes University Students

Here at Howlands we welcome 28 students from Leeds Becket University who are currently studying on a
Speech and Language Therapy Course.

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Thankfully all 28 don’t attend in one group visit! Rather the students attend in pairs on a daily rotation to work with us and our service users to gain valuable experience of working in different environments.

We are all delighted to have them here, especially our members who enjoy the social interaction as well as being able to help other individuals with their developments goals. Everyone is winning and we’re all very much enjoying the experience – they are a credit to the University.

3 Dec

Thanking you for your continued support.

A big Thank You goes to everyone who took part and supported our Halloween raffle.


Better late than never, here we are really, really pleased to announce an amazing amount of money was raised.

It raised a terrific £846.00 which will not only meet our running costs but enable us to continue to offer our valued and essential services.

28 Sep
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Cake Decorating at Howlands

Cake decorating at Howlands doesn’t get any better than our last session set-up and run by the recently catering management lecturer, Julia Fenton.

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Both members and volunteers took part in this new activity. One of our members, Amanda, said “It was really good to do something totally different to our usual activities.”

While Judith said, “The best bit is that you can eat what you have made.”

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Brenda enjoyed herself so much that she has ordered a kit off the internet and is going to teach her granddaughter how to decorate cakes.

Many other members have shown interest in the course so happily we are planning to run more courses in the near future. Watch this space!