District-wide listening events aim to shape ideas for the future

The public along with community groups, schools and employers are being urged to have their say about what would make Bradford and District more united with more opportunity for everyone. Three “Tell Us What You Think” days are taking place in the city centre, Keighley and Shipley.

Thoughts and views collected during the events will then be fed into a strategy that will test ideas aimed at strengthening communities, uniting neighbourhoods and creating a stronger, more joined up Bradford district.

They will also feed into a high-profile national initiative shaping wider Government policy on how to make the UK a more tolerant, inclusive place to live.

The work is being guided by The Partnership - a group of people from a range of different organisations and backgrounds led by interim Chair the Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth and interim Vice-Chair Faatimah Gulshana.

Bishop Toby said: “As a community, we’ve got a long and proud history of coming together with the common goal of improving the lives of everyone living and working in our district.

“That’s why we have put ourselves forward and asked Government to support us as one of five areas across Britain to test new and different ways of doing things that will make our community closer and stronger, with more opportunity for everyone.

“The “Tell Us What You Think” days are a vital first step on the journey - a chance for people to come together and tell us what we can do more of, and what we can do differently.”

Councillor Imran Khan, Deputy Leader, Bradford Council added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our neighbourhoods and our citizens.

“However, the deadlines Government have set us are very tight and we need to submit our ideas and plans in August. Because of this, we’d encourage people from all walks of life to come along, bring their friends or family and contribute to the debate about our future together.”

The events, run by expert researchers, will take place at the following times and locations:

  • 10am to 7pm City Park, Bradford on 17 July
  • 10am to 7pm Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley on 23 July
  • 10am to 7pm Shipley Library on 26 July

They will be informal, welcoming and fun, with refreshments and a chance to really get involved in discussions and debates. Researchers will aim to collect ideas on topics such as employment and education opportunities, hopes for the future of the area and creating strong communities.

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