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Bradford South Play Team Summer

A whole summer of activities is planned across Bradford South organised by the Play Teams.

Events will be delivered with local community teams and are due to start in Wibsey on 24 July and continue right through to 29 August.

Most sessions are open access and there will be something in every Ward.

For more information contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Community Open Days

Wibsey Community Gardens in Wibsey Park is playing host to a number of open days across July and August.

Families are being invited to come along and take part in a range of activities including willow weaving, cooking outdoors and jam making.

A healthy lunch will be available at the end of the sessions which will run from 10.00am until 12.30pm.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Weekly Activities for over 50s at Scholemoor Community Centre

Following consultation with local residents, Creative Support have organised the following sessions at Scholemoor Community Centre, Dracup Avenue, BD7 2RJ

Silver Surfers Computer Group on Mondays from 10.00am to 12.00pm
Bingo and Games on Tuesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm
Fun and Friendship Coffee Morning on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Walking in to Work

Bradford Council’s South Area Co-ordinator’s Office is supporting a new scheme to help unemployed people in Lidget Green build job-finding skills by turning up for local walks.

Community organisation ‘Lidget Green Walking Group’ is taking unemployed people on confidence-building walks as part of a project to boost their work chances.

The project aims to help out-of-work people over the age of 19 improve their self-confidence, prepare better CVs and brush up their employability skills.

People will be able to prepare CVs and get help making online job searches, without having to travel to Jobcentre Plus in central Bradford. There will be some training support so people will not feel they are on their own.

For more information contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Friday, 18 July 2014

Yorkshire in Bloom in your Neighbourhood

Following last year’s success, residents of Holme Wood are again entered in the Yorkshire in Bloom in Your Neighbourhood competition.

Around forty pupils from Ryecroft and Knowleswood Primary Schools have taken part in the competition.

The judges who are all members of the Royal Horticultural Society will be judging the entries from 9.30am.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Warden Assisting at Scene of Accident

One of the Council Wardens from Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office was travelling on public transport to a community centre on Woodside in the Royds Ward when he witnessed an accident take place.

He attended the scene and his first aid training came into valuable use as he was able to advise the people surrounding the victim not move him until an ambulance had arrived. He then went on ensure that oncoming drivers were aware of the accident until the police arrived.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Community Chest Grants Given to Community Groups

Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Grants Panel recently awarded £2,700 to groups delivering activities to residents across the six wards.

Applications were wide ranging and included funding to help start up an apprentice bee-keeper’s scheme, a number of schemes to take young people away for outdoor activities, celebration events and purchase of sports equipment to help new clubs setting up.

Applications that either operate in or benefit people who live in the Bradford South Constituency area will be considered and individuals may apply if they are engaged in exceptional sporting, artistic or voluntary work. The next deadline for applications is Sunday, 31 August 2014.

For more information or to request an application form contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Day of Action/PACT event

Wednesday, 16 July

Officers from Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s office, representatives from the Neighbourhood Policing Team and staff from Incommunities will be visiting residents on the Hillcrest estate in Queensbury to talk to them about any issues or concerns they may have.

Topics will include Anti Social behaviour, littering, dog fouling and traffic.

Incommunities will also be talking to local people about setting up a residents group in the area who can come together to start thinking about events and activities they could get involved in to help improve facilities in the locality.

For more information contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155 or find the application form on our website.

Wyke Dementia Friendly Action Plan

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Local residents and businesses will come together again on Tuesday, 24 June at St Mary’s Church Hall between 10.00am and 12.00noon to review progress and to further develop plans for Wyke becoming a dementia friendly community.

Officers from Bradford South Area Coordinator’s Office will coordinate the group and be working with partners to develop an action plan over the next few weeks. The plans include raising awareness to local businesses about how to support people who use their shops, banks etc and also encourage community groups to be open to people living with dementia and their carers.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Coordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Summer of Fun and Remembrance in Queensbury

Saturday 21 June 2014

At Queensbury Ward Partnership which is facilitated by Bradford South Area Coordinators Office, groups shared their plans for the forthcoming events and activities over the Summer period.

The Queensbury gala is taking place on Saturday, 21 June from 12.00 until .003pm. Officers will be there promoting the Green Dog Walking scheme and raising awareness about the Dementia Friendly Action Group.

From Friday, 20 June until Sunday, 22 June in Victoria Hall there will be a History Exhibition, this is taking place due to the high demand for requests from people who could not make it to last year’s Sesquicentennial event. This year the exhibition will include a section on Queensbury and the First World War. The exhibition will take place at Victoria Hall between 10.00am until 7.00pm on the Friday and 9.00am until 3.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Refreshments will also be available.

More events are to follow in July with the Scarecrow Walk taking place on Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 July and the Donkey Derby that takes place every two years at Foxhill Park will be on Sunday, 20 July from 12.00pm.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Coordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Funding for Community Groups in Lidget Green and Scholemoor Area

Deadline date for applications is 23 June 2014

GreenMoor Big Local Community Partnership Board is inviting applications from local voluntary and community organisations, based in the GreenMoor Big Local Area for Grants.

It will consider projects that are designed to enable organisations working in the area that improve the quality of life for local people. Grants from £500 to £1,000 are available per organisation and the grant must be spent by the end of December 2014. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon on Monday, 23 June 2014.

Application forms and criteria guidelines are available from GreenMoor Big Local website http://greenmoorbiglocal.org and CNet website: www.cnet.org.uk and from CNet offices.

For further information please contact Abbas Najib, Chair of GreenMoor Big Local (email: abbas_najib@hotmail.com) or contact Abdul H Ismail, CNet Grants and Commissioning Officer, Centre for Enterprise Building, 114-116 Manningham Lane, Bradford BD8 7JF. Telephone 01274 305045 or email abdul@cnet.org.uk

For more details contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Coordinator’s Office on 01274 431155.

Great Horton Ward Community First Funding 2014/15

Deadline Friday 20 June 2014

In 2011, Community First Great Horton Ward secured £30,000 over 4 years on a matched contribution basis from the National Community First Programme.

Community First is described as a drive to boost local social action within the Government’s Big Society agenda. Each grant award will have a minimum of £250 and a maximum of £1500 within any one year to the same applicant.

Priorities for the Great Horton Community First are:

  • improve the health and wellbeing of all ward residents
  • bring different communities within the ward together
  • develop Inter-generational projects in the ward
  • increase avenues for employment opportunities
  • improve people’s awareness and pride in the built environment.

The next deadline for applications is Friday, 20 June 2014.

Further information can be accessed on the following website: http://greathortoncommunity.weebly.com/

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 14 June 2014

Friends of Black Carr Woods Community Event

Residents in the Tong Ward are invited to come along to a community event organised by the Friends of Black Carr Woods.

The group which was recently established with the support of Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office is providing a free picnic and activities.

There will also be the opportunity to take part in Woodland Walks and view the plans which are being developed to enhance the woods aimed at encouraging more community use.

Residents will be able to speak to members of the group and give their opinions on the plans.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Wycollar Day of Action

Officers from Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office will be joined by Bradford South Neighbourhood Policing Team and staff from Incommunities for a Day of Action on the Wycollar estate in the Wyke ward.

They will be talking to residents about issues which affect them including, snickets, traffic and litter. The Ward Councillors will also be in attendance to get residents views on how the area can be improved.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June 2014

Wyke Family Weekend

There will be a whole weekend of fun activities for all the family at Wyke Recreation Ground. Admission is totally free and visitors are being invited to come and see characters from film and TV with lots of favourites and an opportunity to have photos taken between 2pm and 5.00pm on the Sunday.

The event is organised by Friends of Wyke Park who are supported by Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office.

There will be a funfair with all the usual rides.

Opening times are:

Friday, 30 May – 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Saturday, 31 May - 1.30pm to 9.00pm
Sunday, 1 June - 2.00pm to 7.00pm

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Dog chipping in Wyke

More than 60 dog owners brought their pets along to The Hub on Blackshaw Avenue in the Wyke Ward to have them chipped. Bradford Council, Police, Council Wardens and the Dog Warden were in attendance.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Queensbury Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) On the Agenda

Queensbury DFC Action Group has developed an Action Plan to take the scheme forward and representatives from the group will be attending the next Business Watch meeting to present the plan and explain to businesses how they can get involved in making Queensbury welcoming and safe for people living with dementia and their carers.

The Action Plan also includes developing a strategy for carers, raising awareness among voluntary and statutory organisations and establishing a new singing group in partnership with Champions Show the Way.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 20th May 2014

11.00am to 4.00pm

Dementia Awareness Week

Legends Suite, Bradford Bulls Stadium, BD6 1BS.

We have information, activities & refreshments available throughout the day.

For information call Clare on 01274586086

Successful Spectacle for Charity Initiative

Following discussions between the Council Wardens for Great Horton and Asda at Cemetery Road to develop a scheme to recycle old spectacles, in just the space of four weeks a large container was filled and collected this week.

The Ward Officer contacted the Council Recycling team who agreed to lend the containers for this different type of recycling project.

Asda agreed to place some containers in the shop which will be collected regularly by the opticians who will in turn distribute them to charities working with disadvantaged communities in the Third World

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 15 May 2014

The first inaugural meeting of Queensbury Community Heritage and Action Partnership is taking place at 7.00pm at Holy Trinity Church, West End.

2013, a year of celebration in Queensbury, highlighted the importance of the heritage and conservation of the village and at the recent meeting of Queensbury Ward Partnership it was agreed to formally set up Queensbury Community Heritage and Action Partnership as a constituted group.

The group, supported by Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office, has been meeting informally over a number of weeks however following a visit to a surgery to find out more about the Heritage Lottery fund and a meeting with staff from Bradford CVS, the group have decided to start being more proactive.

Over 15 people volunteered at the Ward Partnership to join the group and flyers are being distributed to the wider community inviting them to get involved. Bradford South Council Wardens will be involved helping to raise awareness around the village.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Woodside Easter Play Scheme welcomes the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor of Bradford will be attending the Easter play scheme at Sandale Community Centre on Woodside in the Royds Ward on Tuesday 22 April. He will arrive around 1pm to 1.30 and he will spend some time with the young people and join in some of the activities. The Lord Mayor will also be bringing with him the miniature robes and chains, this will give the children a chance to dress up and have photos taken.

For further information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 43115

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Working with Young People in the Royds Ward

Young people from the Sandale Community Centre were recently presented with certificates for having completed a four- week SMART LIFE programme. West Yorkshire Trading Standards has been working in the Royds Ward of Bradford as part of the SMART LIFE community education and empowerment programme to improve the financial health and well-being of families in Bradford.

This was made possible with funding from the Bradford South Area Committee and Royds Ward Budget. The project is enabling young people and families from schools and children’s centres to be involved in the interactive community workshops that cover a range of topics including shopping on a budget, safe saving and borrowing, illegal money lenders, identifying common scams and frauds such as phishing and ID theft. Purchasing healthy food on a low budget was also discussed.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Community Chest

At a recent meeting of the Bradford South Grants Advisory Group, ten grants were awarded to local groups to provide a range of activities across all age ranges.

A total of £1,500 was awarded to ten groups including a contribution towards community environmental and gardening projects, activities for older, isolated residents and set up costs for a new community performing group.

The next deadline is Saturday 31 May 2014 and application forms are available on the Council website or by contacting Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Oakenshaw Green Dog Walkers

Following a successful launch at an event on in March, Oakenshaw residents will be continuing to promote the Green Dog Walking Programme at Victoria Park in the village.

Materials including a banner, armbands and leaflets were purchased using Ward Budget funding allocated by Wyke Ward Councillors and will be used over the next four weeks to highlight the scheme to local residents using the area for walking their dogs. Residents are asked to wear armbands with the logo to demonstrate they have signed up and to approach other dog owners in a friendly manner to see if they would also like to join.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Council Warden Promoting Partnership Working in Great Horton Ward

One of the Council Wardens in Great Horton has been liaising with Asda and a local optician to develop a scheme to recycle old spectacles. The Warden had meetings with Asda who agreed to place some containers in the shop where people could bring their unwanted spectacles which will be collected regularly by the opticians and passed on to a charity which will in turn distribute them to charities working with disadvantaged communities in the Third World.

For more information contact Dean Mitchell at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Thursday afternoons

Advice Sessions for the Eastern European Community in the Great Horton Ward

Bradford Council has commissioned Girlington Advice and Training Centre to provide benefits advice to Eastern European Community residents in the Great Horton Ward.

These sessions are held on a weekly basis Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm until 4.30pm at St Wilfrids Church Hall, St Wilfrids Road, BD7 2LU.

Assistance is provided with issues such as Benefits, Housing, Employment, Education, Immigration, Consumer and Debt. Residents can also ring Girlington Advice and Training Centre on 01274 547118 to make an appointment.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 5 April 2014

Dementia Friendly Communities

Queensbury is the latest Ward in Bradford South to launch the Dementia Friendly Community Programme.

The event which is taking place between 10am and 2pm is being opened by Gerry Sutcliffe, MP, who himself is a ‘Dementia Friend’.

Topics to be covered include ‘What is Dementia?’ and ‘What do we mean by Dementia Friendly?’.

There will be a series of workshops and a number of stalls around the room staffed by organisations including Age UK, Alzheimer's Society and Incommunities and Champions Show the Way. The event will finish with lunch and entertainment provided by Queensbury Singers.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Monday 31 March 2014 and Tuesday 8 April 2014

Conservation and Heritage of Queensbury

2013 heralded the Sesquicentenary of Queensbury in Bradford South. The village was originally called Queenshead until 1863. Since May of last year, residents have been out in force celebrating the occasion with a range of different activities. At a recent Ward Partnership meeting it was agreed that some of the events will be established as annual events as they were enjoyed so much by everyone.

One of the final activities to wrap up the official commemorative year will be the planting of an oak tree, with a plaque, by Queensbury Guides and Brownies in Russell Park as a lasting legacy for future generations. The planting will take place on Monday 31 March at 6.30pm by the bowling green.

The year also highlighted the importance of the heritage and conservation of the village and the next meeting of Queensbury Ward Partnership on Tuesday 8 April at 7pm at Holy Trinity Parish Church. The meeting will focus on these issues. Under discussion will be Queensbury Tunnel, listed buildings, Queensbury Community Heritage and Action Partnership and the conservation boundaries.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Green Dog Walking Scheme Expanding

The local veterinary surgeon on Wibsey High Street is the latest to sign up to support the Green Dog Walking Scheme after a visit by the local Council Warden who explained the process for people wanting to sign up. The vet’s surgery staff agreed to display posters, show samples of the materials to interested dog owners and to be a host for the pledge forms. Responsible dog owners will fill in the forms and leave them with the vets and the Warden will call in when patrolling in the area to collect the completed forms.

Bradford South Wardens are promoting the scheme during their regular visits to community groups and organisations.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

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