April 2024 Events
We are delighted to be joining the prestigious Huddersfield Literature Festival this year with two events around letter writing. The first will be An Introduction to Give…A Few Words talking about our origins, how letter writing can benefits volunteers with some tips tips to get started on Friday 19th April 2024 from 12.30-1pm An Introduction to Give… A Few Words • Huddersfield Literature Festival (huddlitfest.org.uk)
Then on Wednesday 24th April, we will be running an interactive session with Yaga Art where we will be talking abut the wellbeing benefits of letter writing and then will be getting creative with an introductory session to origami/mandala Give… A Few Words • Huddersfield Literature Festival (huddlitfest.org.uk)
To view the fabulous programme of events that Huddersfield Literature Festival are running, take a look here Huddersfield Literature Festival • Award-winning Art and Book Festival UK (huddlitfest.org.uk)
Give…A Few Words and Hive Cafe invite you to join us for the Great Winter Get Together
Give…A Few Words in partnership with Hive Cafe welcomes you to pop along for a coffee and chat as part of this year’s Great Winter Get Together in the very cosy and welcoming Hive Cafe. We will be talking about letter writing, covering some top tips and having a brew.
Friday 12th January 2024
Our June 2023 Programme of Events
We are delighted to announce our exciting programme of events for June 2023 which will see us celebrating and recognising both Volunteers and Loneliness Week.
There will be pop in events, coffee and cake sessions, creative workshops and also a chance for businesses to have worthwhile conversations in the return of our Give…A Few Words Network Meetings.
This year, we are collaborating with others including the Jo Cox Foundation, Kirklees Libraries and Woven in Kirklees, which will see a brand new workshop “Embroider A Few Words” delivered by textile artist Hayley Mills-Styles To book a place please on this click here Embroider a Few Words Tickets Multiple Dates | Eventbrite
Feel free to join us at our “drop in” events and to book a workshop click here Give…a few words Events | Eventbrite
Coffee, Chat and Writing in Dewsbury…
On Wednesday 19th March 23, we headed to the fantastic Howlands Centre in Dewsbury to join their weekly coffee morning. There were lots of great conversations with some lovely new volunteers and Gary and Christine (two of our regulars) joined us too (along with their gorgeous grandchild). A big thank you to Howlands for welcoming us and also hosting our Dewsbury postbox (no stamp required) and watch this space for further collaborations on the horizon.
Rock Choir Live! Fundraising evening for Give…A Few Words
A Huddersfield social enterprise raised the roof as well as much-needed cash at its first fundraising concert last week. Give… A few Words enjoyed a full house at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Friday (March 24) when it introduced Huddersfield and Dewsbury Rock Choir to an appreciative audience.
The choir of more than 80 members belted out a host of pop and rock classics, from Wham’s ‘Wake me up before you Go Go’ to Meat Loaf’s ‘I would do Anything for Love’. The concert reached a climax with an encore featuring Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’, which had members of the crowd dancing in the aisles.
Compere Adrian Wales of LDP Associates raised lots of giggles and a very popular raffle featured prizes from the Huddersfield Giants, Morrisons, Ashmount Country House, Haworth, and other local and national businesses.
Give…A Few Words was created by Huddersfield resident Sharron Wilkinson during lockdown. It encourages volunteers to write personalised letters and post art and crafts for delivery to people who suffer from isolation and loneliness.
Sharron says receiving a letter or a package can make a huge difference to people’s lives.
“People quite often can’t believe that someone they don’t know has been kind enough to send them a personalised Gift of Letters. It gives people a boost, not just on the day of receiving them but many keep the packages to read again and again. It really does make a big difference.”
Give…A few Words volunteers were represented in both the choir and the audience at Friday’s concert. Rock Choir soprano and letter writing volunteer Emma of Honley said “There’s something really magical about a handwritten letter. We get so much post now, it’s really unusual to get an actual letter. When you get a letter with your name on it you think ‘someone has taken the time to do this’. It’s like someone saying ‘you matter, you’re important’.”
Rock Choir soprano and volunteer Charlotte of Lindley added: “I found it during lockdown because I wanted to give something back. It makes me feel good knowing that I’m helping someone. It’s an incredible feeling when you get to sit down and write. It can feel daunting and hard to get started but when you start it’s hard to stop.”
Volunteers Gill and Sue of Mirfield Rotary Club were in the audience enjoying the show. Gill became aware of Give…A Few Words via Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater and the Jo Cox Foundation. “I said I’d love to do that because there’s so many people in care homes that don’t get any visitors.” Sue added “ Give… A Few Words puts together absolutely wonderful packs full of letters and gifts. It’s brilliant…”
Rock Choir leader Narelle, who has been running the choir for eight years, said: “When I heard about Give…A Few Words. I thought we’ve got to support this. The work they do is absolutely brilliant.”
The event raised more than £800, which will help support Give…A Few Words activities in Kirklees. Sharron said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to the Rock Choir, Adrian and everyone who attended or supported the evening. We had a an absolutely fantastic night, people were kind and generous, the choir incredible and there was a lot of smiles, singing and even some dancing!
“….from the care team and residents, we were overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of letters we received at Christmas time.
The energy and buzz these caused through the home lasted for days. Many of the residents said it was the best Christmas present they could receive.
A truly overwhelming and heart-warming experience”
Give...A Few Words Summer Giving Event
On the 12th of August 2021, Give…A Few Words organised it’s first ever event. With many volunteer opportunities cancelled or curtailed due to Covid 19, letter writing is a perfect volunteering opportunity. For this years NCS students from the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust and the Huddersfield Town Foundation, it was an ideal opportunity to get creative.
Not just letter writing but the near 50 students involved, experienced author and artistic workshops and got very creative! Combined with 15 businesses who kindly offered to host some general positive letters, Give…A few Words descended on Almondbury.
Aiming to reach isolated people and spread some much needed cheer to the general community. The event (in signature yellow), was a fantastic community/business event bringing students, businesses, partners and volunteers together.
People commented, “it made our day”, “it was an amazing event” “it got people chatting” “it brought Almondbury alive with a sea of yellow” 💛
Full credit and a BIG thank you to ALL the fantastic NCS students and staff involved this year, who demonstrated commitment, creativity and compassion and came up with some seriously brilliant ideas.
Thanks too to One Community, Locala CIC and Steven from Mailboxes etc for supporting this. Also to Ambry’s Community Cafe for not just giving us a base for the day but for showing much kindness. Plus to the many many people who helped behind the scenes including our very own volunteers. A grateful thanks too to Cummins, Healthwatch and Lubrizol Employees who also helped out. Also, Sam from Huddersfield Live, Gabby from Hive Community, Juliet and Jake from the Curious Creative Club, Patrycja and Alicja from ASAC, Rachel, Ruth, Charlotte, Deborah, Kirstie and to all the local businesses and community groups for supporting us. All involved showing, kindness in abundance.
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