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(Director, Huddersfield Literature Festival)

Five creative writing workshops for Aspire Creating Communities groups, based across Huddersfield.


Aspire runs a network of community groups for people over 55 across Kirklees. The vibrant and welcoming groups build confidence, creativity and connection. 


The creative writing workshops will involve discussion and writing inspired by photographs.

Dates and times:

Tues 7 May / 10am – 12pm

Ashbrow Group: The Chestnut Centre, 2a Chestnut Street, Deighton, HD2 1H


Thurs 9 May / 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Newsome Group: Berry Brow Church, Birch Road, Newsome, HD4 7LP


Fri 10 May / 10am – 12pm

Birkby Croft Group: Birkby Croft, 9 Crescent Road, Birkby, HD2 2UG


Mon 13 May / 10am – 12pm

Dalton Group: Moldgreen United Reform Church 

319 Old Wakefield Road, Dalton, HD5 8AA


Mon 13 May / 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Almondbury Group: St Michael & St Helen's Church, 149 Fleminghouse Lane, Huddersfield, HD5 8UD

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Wellbeing Workshops with S2R

S2R Create Space, Brook Street, Huddersfield HD1 1EB (unless otherwise stated)

Introduction to Hand Tools: Tues 23 April, 10am – 1pm

Gain your confidence using a selection of hand tools, like hammers, hand drills, saws and crow bars. We will go through the health and safety and best practice of how to use the tools, then cover the basics of how to measure and cut wood, how to use a drill to create holes and to put in a screw, plus how to take apart a pallet ready to upcycle.

Introduction to Aromatherapy: Tues 21 May, 10am – 1pm

Learn about the beneficial properties of essential oils for our physical and mental wellbeing. We will look at what essential oils are, how they can be used, plus we will try over 30 different essential oils and learn how to create a harmonious personalised blend that can be used at home.

Introduction to Preserves: Tues 2 July, 10am – 1pm

Learn how to preserve your left-over vegetables, whether they are home grown or from the shop. We will discuss what preserves are and different type of preserves, plus make your own preserve to take away.

Introduction to Soap Making*: Thurs 29 August, 5pm – 8pm

Create your own body or hand soap using plant-based soap, with eco-friendly colours, natural exfoliants and moisturisers. We will explore the therapeutic benefits of essential oils to create a harmonious blend to personalise the scent of your soap. *with Carers Count

Introduction to Candle Making*: Weds 27 November, 12 noon – 3pm

Carers Count Empire House, Dewsbury WH12 8DJ

Learn how to make your own melt and pour candle in a container, using soy wax and ecofriendly colours. We will explore the therapeutic benefits of essential oils to create a harmonious blend to personalise the scent of your candle. *with Carers Count



Raga Exploration: Unravelling the Emotions

Friday 14 June, 1pm – 5pm

St. Paul’s Church Hall, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Overview: Delve into the intricate world of Indian Classical music, exploring the emotions and moods associated with and evoked by different ragas.


  • A brief overview of the concept, structure,and significance of ragas in Indian Classical music.

  • A discussion about how notes and phrases evoke specific feelings. 

  • Practical demonstration of the expressive capabilities of different ragas 

  • Interactive section: Participants share their personal interpretations of the emotions conveyed by various ragas

Key Takeaway: 

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the emotional intricacies within Indian Classical music.


CREATIVE WORKSHOPS BY PCT (Paddock Community Trust)


This session is designed to introduce beginners to the art of crafting wax melts. You will explore everything from selecting the right wax to safe handling practices and the benefits of essential oils. You will have the opportunity to create your own wax melts to take away.

Venue, Dates TBC


Learn about the intricacies of creating the iconic Bloom signature glam. Led by Amy Letitia, a skilled makeup artist, this session will equip you with the knowledge and techniques needed to achieve glamorous makeup looks with confidence. 

Tues 21 May / 6 pm - 8pm - The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1RL



Develop the tools and techniques for self-expression and personal growth through the medium of creative journaling. This session will explore the benefits of the regular practice of writing down your thoughts, ideas, experiences and emotions in a personal journal. Through journaling, you can unleash your creativity, experiment with different writing styles and develop a deeper understanding of the world around you. 

Weds 24 April / 10 am - 1pm - The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, HD1 1RL


Learn to create your own delightful sachets infused with the aromatic essence of herbs and spices using different fabric options. We will explore the benefits of aromatic pouches and how they can enhance your living space, promote relaxation and uplift your mood. 

Tues 23 April / 1pm - 3pm - The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, HD1 1RL

Fri 17 May / 1pm - 3pm - FOCAL Community Centre, New Hey Road, Oakes, HD3 4DD


Join a calm and creative session of designing your own wreath using spring flowers and other natural objects from your garden or local woodland. It’s an opportunity to learn new skills, test out new equipment and create your own masterpiece.. 

Date & Time TBC - The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, HD1 1RL


An introduction to digital photography and the basics of camera operation. Get hands-on experience with a digital camera, mastering its settings and functionalities, while delving into the basics of composition and the exposure triangle. Join us outdoors, weather permitting, to apply your newfound knowledge and ignite your passion for photography.

Tues 16 April / 9 am - 12pm - HD5 Community Hub, NLC High School, HD5 9PG

Thurs 23 May / 10am - 2pm - The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, HD1 1RL

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