The Gift is back for Winter

With £9,500 of new funding from the National Lottery Coronavirus Support Fund, Kirklees artists Catherine Traveller, Carly Gledhill, Rik Thorpe and Lauren Lister have created The Gift for Winter.

9th December 2020

Free creative packs which feature creative activities, quizzes, puzzles and festive games, The Gift for Winter is inspired by the heritage, people and towns of North Kirklees – and is designed to keep families and older people cosy and creative over the cold winter months.


If COVID restrictions allow, the artists and Creative Scene staff will be distributing the packs in Dewsbury Market just in time for Christmas on 19th December and popping up in parks, town squares and high streets throughout the festive period. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more details.


This is the second version of The Gift; the first iteration was created over the summer by artists Lizzie Hobbs and Sarah-Jane Mason.


Over the summer, we distributed 2,000 free Gifts to families and older people over the summer, with help from our partners the Royal Voluntary Society, More in Common, PKWA, Kumon Y’All, Yorkshire Children’s Centre and Ravensthorpe Community Centre – as well as having our own stalls on Dewsbury Market and in Batley town centre (on what would have been Batley Festival).


If you run a group with members who might like to receive The Gift for Winter, or can help us distribute to community members, please get in touch with Sara ( and we’ll tell you how you can take part.


The Gift is free and we want to reach people who are isolated, vulnerable, or who don’t usually get the chance to take part in the arts.


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