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CNet and Assembly News

12 August 2019
VCS News, Jobs and Information for Bradford District

CNet Forums and Networks

All meetings are held at CNet, 114-116 Manningham Lane, Bradford, BD8 7JF (unless otherwise stated)

Women's Health Network
Wednesday 6 November
10.00 am - 12.00 pm

The Women’s Health Network (WHN) is a collective of women living and/or working in Bradford who have an interest in issues affecting the health and wellbeing of women and their families, with a particular focus on the engagement of seldom heard voices. The Women’s Health Network operates under CNet’s Engaging People project. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in attending please email

Maternity Voices Partnership
Tuesday 26 November
10.00 am - 12.00 pm

For frontline staff working in voluntary community sector organisations, with the aim of collecting feedback from service users to help shape maternity services. Meetings will be interactive and look to develop new ways to reach parents and mothers to be.

Dates of upcoming CNet forums and network meetings can be found on the CNet website.

Assembly Meeting Dates

All meetings are held at CNet, Enterprise Hub, 114-116 Manningham Lane, Bradford, BD8 7JF (unless otherwise stated)
Safer Communities Forum
Tuesday 10 September
10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Working Together for a Better West Yorkshire Part 6: Drugs and Alcohol Misuse and the Impact on Communities and Crime

Book a place via EventBrite or contact | 01274 305045. 

The Safer Communities Forum enables the voluntary and community sector to engage with statutory partners. The forum has a voice within the strategic decision making partnerships with the aim of developing solutions and shared outcomes to create a safer community for the citizens of Bradford.

Equalities Forum
Thursday 12 September
10.00 am - 12.00 pm

The Equalities Forum aims to ensure that equalities work (in terms of race, gender, disability, social class, sexuality, age and faith) remains an important focus not just within the VCS and Assembly structure, but that it is also embedded within statutory and private sector services.
Community Economic Forum
Monday 14 October
9.30 - 11.30 am

CEF is committed to widening access to opportunities in learning, employment and social enterprise. Members have the opportunity to represent the views of the forum at district, sub-regional, regional and national levels and to share good practice and form partnerships and alliances as appropriate.

All welcome.
Health and Wellbeing Forum
Monday 21 October
9.30 am - 12.00 pm

The Health and Wellbeing Forum works to ensure the involvement of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in the development and delivery of health and social care services in Bradford district.

Members only – please get in touch with CNet if you are interested in becoming a member.


Dates of upcoming forum meetings can be found on the Bradford District Assembly website along with as minutes, reports and contact details for forum chairs.

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Thursday 12 September, 11.00 am
Keighley Civic Centre, 81 North Street, Keighley, BD21 3SH

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Training calendar

Health Improvement Training

Free practitioner training

Training Date Location
Core Training 1st-2nd Oct 9-4:30pm both days CNet Bradford
A Healthy Start in Childcare Saturday 12th October 9-4:30pm Carlisle Business Centre
A Healthy Start in Childcare 7 th and 14th Nov 6-9pm both days Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford 
Core Training 27th -28th Nov 9-4:30pm both days CNet Bradford

Core Training

This two day training is aimed at health and early years practitioners or anyone who works directly with families of children aged 0-5 years. The training will enable practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in tackling weight issues. We consider not just what information that parents might need in order to develop healthy lifestyles, but how we might be able to approach these topics with parents in a sensitive and effective manner. Our training is evidence-based and RSPH approved.
To book a place, contact or

Group Facilitation Training

This two day training enables practitioners to deliver the 8 week HENRY Group Programme to parents and we ask that you are able to commit to delivering at least one programme per year. With this in mind, we now ask practitioners to obtain line managers consent to make this commitment before attending training. In this training, trainees have the opportunity to further their knowledge and practise skills needed to run a group in a nurturing environment. Each HENRY Group Programme must be delivered by 2 fully trained facilitators. You will need to have attended Core Training before coming on this training.
To book a place, contact or

A Healthy Start in Childcare Training

This 1-day training for day care staff and childminders recognises that childcare settings play a vital role in providing a healthy start for young children. It provides practical information about nutrition and activity for young children, and tools to manage behaviour for physical and emotional wellbeing. By the end of the training trainees will:
  • Develop their knowledge about healthy meals, snacks and portion sizes for young children, adopting a consistent approach within the setting and across the local area
  • Model a healthy lifestyle to young children in their care which research has shown is vital in influencing children’s lifestyle habits and preference
  • Understand the value of active play for a healthy start and use a range of ways to encourage it
  • Manage children’s behaviour and build their self-esteem, so that children start school emotionally prepared and ready to learn
For booking information, contact: or
For more training opportunities visit the Community Action website or the Voluntary Action Leeds website.



DIVA Bradford Learning Events

Diva Bradford is coming to a centre near you, to help you with all things Diva! Come along to one of our bookable appointments for 1:1 help with updating/adding your organisation/serviceevents or job listings on our website!

See below for all our events coming up across the Bradford District:​

Eccleshill - Tuesday 20th August - 10am- 1pm at The Rockwell Centre 6 Summerfield Rd, Bradford BD10 8DP. Book Now ​

Bingley - Tuesday 10th September - 1pm-4pm at Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Rd, Bingley BD16 2TA. Book Now

Keighley Central - Wednesday 25th September - 9.30am-12.30pm at Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley, BD21 3JD. Book Now

Ilkley - Tuesday 1st October - 1pm-4pm at The Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd, Ilkley LS29 9DZ. Book Now

Clayton and Fairweather Green - Wednesday 16th October - 9.30am-12.30pm at Clayton Estate Hub, Tanton Walk, Clayton, BD14 6HP.  Book Now

Royds - Tuesday 29th October - 1pm-4pm at Sandale Centre,Sandale Walk, Bradford BD6 2RB. Book Now 

Each appointment will last approximately 15 minutes and we will give you some training on how to use DIVA, how you can add your services, and how to update in the future. This is important as you'll need to update every 6 months moving forwards in order to continue to be listed and have access to some of our crucial services. 

For more information please call the team on 01535 612500.

On Saturday 21 September, staff and members of the public will be abseiling 50ft down the side of Bradford Royal Infirmary dressed as superheroes in tribute to the hardworking NHS staff.
Those gutsy enough to go over the edge can dress as any superhero they like – whether it’s Superman or a nurse who cared for them, Spiderman or the surgeon who saved their life. Many people taking part will also be dedicating the feat to friends and family who have shown bravery.

If you would like more information about how your group can get involved, please call Hayley Collis or Elaine Drake on 01274 274809 or email Participants must be at least 10 years old.
You can also sign up via the charity website at

Have you nominated your healthcare hero?

Celebrate the hard work of our colleagues and local healthcare community!
Get your nominations in and celebrate the people you think make a difference. This can be anything from a colleague who has gone above and beyond or a person you know who has demonstrated real leadership.
The awards are open to everyone who works in health and care in Bradford district and Craven (your hero could even be the person sat next to you right now…)
The categories are:
  • Partnership hero - open to staff at all levels across health, care, and community organisations who demonstrate leadership across sectors, driving collaboration and cooperation.
  • Living well hero – an individual or team who makes a difference to people’s wellbeing through the promotion of self-care and prevention. They empower others to take control of their own health.
  • Above and beyond - there are no specific criteria for this award, it is open to people who have gone above and beyond what would normally be expected as part of their job role to deliver a positive outcome.
  • Patient experience hero - an individual or team from a GP practice or the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that has made significant improvement to patient experience by responding to feedback and implementing change.
  • Volunteering hero – a volunteer or group of volunteers that have made an impact, it is open to anybody involved in the health and care system and in a variety of roles.
Anyone can submit a nomination - you can nominate as many people or teams as you wish (just complete a separate form for each nomination). It’s really quick to fill out the online nomination form – just write a few words about why you have nominated that person(s)/team. The winners will be announced at the CCGs’ annual general meetings (AGMs) in September.
The deadline for nominations is 19 August 2019.

Sovereign Healthcare Awards


Thursday 5th December, 11:30 am - 3.00 pm
Bradford Hotel, Hall Ings. Bradford, BD1 5SH

The Bradford & District Disabled People's Forum (BDPF) in conjunction with Sovereign Health Care will be hosting the Sovereign Health Care Awards for a third year and we want your nominations! 

There are five categories:
1. Best Practice in Employment of Disabled People
2. Made a Difference Award
3. Health and Wellbeing Award
4. Organistions or Community Groups - Made a Difference Award
5. Disabled Person of the Year Award
Please download either the Word version or PDF of the nomination form, then return the form to:
The Sovereign Health Care Awards 2019, Bradford & District Disabled People’s Forum (BDPF), Manningham Mills Community Centre, Lilycroft Road, Bradford, BD9 5BD or email:
Please note that any nominations received after the deadline of Monday 28th October 2019, cannot be considered
The winners of the Sovereign Health Care Award 2019 will be announced at 2pm on Thursday 5th December 2019, at the Bradford & District Disability History Month 2019 event held in the Bradford Hotel, Hall Ings, Bradford, BD1 5SH.
For more information or to request a paper copy of the nomination form, please contact Sandra Brown on 01274 481590, Mobile: 07807 593248, email:
Full timetable
Survey link

Offer of RENT & BUSINESS RATES FREE property for Charities in and around BRADFORD

Opportunity for charities looking for additional space to use on a RENT & BUSINESS RATES FREE basis.

We are able to offer Retail space for charities which can be used for Retailing, Drop in Centre, Training or even just for storage.
Sizes range from 681 – 1363 sq ft approx.

The only costs you will incur for using this property will be utility bills.

If any Charity is looking for additional space to use, we can offer a 1-3 year lease with a 28 day rolling break clause.

For further information or to arrange viewing please email  or telephone 01295 256 338.



Comprehensive Spending Review 2019:
Bradford District Submission

To contribute to the Bradford District submission to the spending review the Council needs a view from the VCS on:
  • The sector’s local strengths and challenges
  • Priority issues facing the VCS and views on how these might be addressed
As well as case studies of great practice, innovation and collaboration that can help them make the case to Government for change and for investment in Bradford District.

For more information please contact:

David Walmsley, Assistant Director Office of the Chief Executive, CBMDC          01274 432131

Nigel Smith, Principal Executive Officer, Chief Executive’s Office, CBMDC                 01274 434635
Further details
Case study template
VCS information submission form
We would like you to take part in this 10 year study of the voluntary and community sector which is now running right across the North of England.

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling financially – or just carrying on more or less as normal – we need to hear from you.

Using the findings, Durham University will build a picture of how organisations and groups work, how they get their resources and how they are planning to work in future.

The research helps to inform national and local government, health organisations and charitable foundations so that they make good decisions on how to invest in the activity of the third sector.

The research also helps the third sector itself to show the extent and value of the work it does. 

Please support the survey: The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete and you shouldn’t need to check up any facts and figures to fill it in. You can complete the survey online on you PC, tablet or phone by clicking this link:

The project has generously been supported by Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Power to Change.
And tell your friends and colleagues to do the same: by sending them an email with the link to the survey or by drawing attention to the study via twitter using #ThirdSectorTrends

Headline findings will be published in December 2019 and the full results will be freely available from spring 2020.

Recent reports from the study so far can be found at:

If you have any questions about the research and/or the questionnaire, please contact Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, DURHAM DH1 3RH, or by email:

Bradford Air Quality Plan Survey


Deadline Monday 19 August 2019

Bradford Council has launched an online survey to seek people’s views on new proposals to reduce air pollution and protect the health of people in the city.

Along with 28 other Local Authorities across the country, Bradford Council has been instructed by the Government to develop a plan which assesses a range of interventions to reduce pollution in the shortest possible time.

They are wanting to engage with residents, schools, businesses and community groups, to find out how air quality affects you, seek support for different proposals and measure awareness of the simple actions that can help improve air quality.

The survey will also help them to explore support packages for businesses and residents to increase the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles, raising awareness of air pollution and increasing awareness of actions that individuals can take.

These could include reducing private car use, and using more sustainable and active ways of travelling.
Survey link
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Carers' Experience Survey


Deadline Saturday 30 November 2019

Bradford Council provides a range of services, either through the Council itself or via organisations which it commissions services from for adults needing social care. Whilst much of this support is aimed primarily at the person being cared for, the experience of receiving these services impacts equally on the cared for person and their carer.
To assess carers’ experience of Adult Social Care services we are asking carers to complete a short survey telling us whether the services they received are helping them in their caring role and their life outside of caring. It should take no more than five minutes to complete the survey.
If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the survey please contact the Commissioning Team on 01274434500 and ask for a Carers’ Experience Survey form.
Take the survey
To view all of Bradford Council's current consultations visit their website.



Delivering innovative patient education solutions to underpin supported self-management

Deadline 19 August 2019

The Living With and Beyond Cancer programme aims to ensure that quality of life and experience of care are considered to be as important as cancer survival, and that patients are empowered through education to self-manage their care following cancer treatment.

As part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) Cancer Alliance delivery plan for 2019/2020, funding has been secured from NHS England for a bursary award to organisations and teams to help them develop patient education which facilitates supported self-management - from initiatives that look at the content, through to delivery of the education or evaluation of current practice.

More information

Trees for Life Fund


Deadline 27 August 2019

Help us to celebrate our long-standing passion for trees by making an impact in your own community.

Our Trees for Life Fund is open to applications for projects that will make a difference to the Yorkshire landscape - from native tree planting to improved woodland access, enhanced habitats and environmental education.

If you work with a small charity, community or voluntary group or school in Yorkshire, then you can apply for a grant of up to £4000 to support your environmental project.

More information

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls 2019


Deadline 4 September 2019

Comic Relief believes women and girls should have equal power and agency in decision-making at all levels.  One of the ways in which we have been working towards this vision since we began is through funding organisations working to end gender-based violence.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations.

To this end, we are pleased to be continuing our partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s devolved administrations to open a fund of £1.2 million to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG). The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
More information

JU:MP Awards


Deadline 13 September 2019

If you have a great idea for a project that will get children and young people more physically active and you need funding to support this then you can apply for up to £5000 to kick start your programme.

Children have told us they want to get out and have fun, but can struggle to know how or where. So we're asking you to invest your time, expertise and passion to put on activities for these children, and in return we may be able to support you financially to do this. (Subject to meeting criteria.)

We have small grants of between £500 and £5,000 available for constituted organisations to apply for.

More information

Community Grants 2019


Deadline 23 September 2019

Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare community grants – apply now!

Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise group done some amazing patient, service user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services?

If so, we want you to tell us about it. In fact, we want to support you to tell everyone about it!

NHS England and NHS Improvement will be awarding grants of up to £2500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare. Applicants will need to provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed, along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase their work in a creative way.

More information

For more funding opportunities you can search the bfunded website.  Not sure where to start? Contact the voluntary organisation support officer for your area.



Mental Health Peer Support Worker | The Cellar Trust
Salary: £17,952 (pro rata) | Hours: 30 or 22.5 hrs pw
Closing date: Wednesday 14 August 2019

Mental Health Trainer | Community Links (Leeds)

Salary: £26,317 - £29,636 (pro rata) | Hours: 18.5 hrs pw
Closing date: Sunday 18 August 2019

Administrative Assistant / Receptionist | Carers' Resource

Salary: £18,529 - £20,115 | Hours: 37 hrs pw
Closing date: Monday 19 August 2019

Foodbank Manager | Bradford North Foodbank

Salary: £11.59 ph | Hours: 25 hrs pw
Closing date: Thursday 22 August 2019

Time to Shine Community Development Worker - Older LGBT+ Adults | Yorkshire Mesmac (Leeds)

Salary: £24,799 (pro rata) | Hours: 18.5 hrs pw
Closing date: Thursday 22 August 2019

Community Development Worker (Eastern European Community) | Highfield Community Association (Keighley)

Salary: £21,541 (pro rata) | Hours: 10 hrs pw
Closing date: Wednesday 28 August 2019

Find more VCS vacancies on DIVA Bradford: or Voluntary Action Leeds:

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