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CNet & Assembly News

12 November 2018
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)

Maternity Voices Partnership
Tuesday 27 November
10.00 am - 12.00 pm
for VCS, health agencies and individuals

Women's Health Network
Wednesday 12 December
10.00 am - 12.00 pm

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

Assembly Meeting Dates

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

Appointment of Bradford District Assembly Chair

We are pleased to announce Kim Shutler-Jones, CEO of The Cellar Trust as the newly appointed Chair of the Bradford District Assembly. Kim will be working with the Assembly Steering Group to highlight issues facing the sector and negotiating with strategic partners to address these issues. We look forward to working with Kim. 

Safer Communities Forum
Date and time to be confirmed (please note any previously advertised dates no longer stand - apologies for the inconvenience)

The VCS sector and the criminal justice system. An information seminar and networking opportunity to find out about current local initiatives. Presentations, discussions, lunch and networking.

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 20 December
10.00 am - 12.00 pm

We will be reviewing the forum priorities for the year ahead.

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 21 January
9.30 - 11.00 am
The CEF forum 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
Tuesday 29 January
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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Register Your Place

Calling all voluntary community sector organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber: Sign up now for our Equality and Human Rights Framework learning programme

Date: 14 November and 17 December 2018
Location: Voluntary Action Leeds, Stringer House 34 Lupton Street, Leeds, LS10 2QW
Cost: Free with a £25 refundable deposit

Sign up!

We're coming to Leeds to deliver two workshops to introduce our Equality and Human Rights toolkit, in partnership with Voluntary Action Leeds. Do join us there!
The workshops will help you to:
  1. Look at the implications of Brexit for local and national funding
  2. Gain a better understanding of the rights set out in the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998
  3. Understand the ‘train, complain, campaign’ approach for equality and human rights advocacy
  4. Explore how a human rights based approach might improve customer service, user experience or outcomes for your organisation
  5. Exchange experiences and network with other participants. 
... And many more!
This learning programme is free but to confirm your place we need a refundable deposit of £25. This deposit will be repaid once you have completed the learning programme. Travel bursaries are available on a needs basis.
Let us know you’re coming!

The People are the Powerhouse Convention


Tuesday 20 November 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Valley Parade

Collaborate. Debate. Network. Share. Inspire!

Following the huge success of our 2017 event, this years’ Convention will continue to inspire change in the North.  Our mission is to bring people together for meaningful dialogue and sharing, be they practitioners, policy makers, opinion formers, young people, businesses, MPs or community groups. 

We believe that by sharing together, understanding the issues, finding solutions and celebrating the great things that are already happening, that better lives for all of us in the North can be achieved. 

It is an opportunity for YOU to share and explore with others, how we can truly deliver a more prosperous and inclusive North.

The cost for tickets is: 

Community representatives, students and the unemployed - £0
Small enterprises, VCS and charities - £45
Public sector, Councils and housing - £80

Book a place
Alternative Black Friday Event on 23-24 Nov 2018
Bradford’s ‘Alternative Black Friday Event’ on 23-24 Nov 2018 is organised by Deb Collett from Artworks Creative Communities and Ian Brewer from Bradford Credit Union with support from the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Bradford Council, Cnet and Manningham Housing and the Anti-Poverty Coordination Group.
What is this event?
‘Buy Nowt’ is a CURRENCY FREE ZONE where everybody is equal. It’s our Yorkshire twist on the international ‘Buy Nothing Day’ which campaigns against poverty caused by consumer debt and excess. It is on the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, which is viewed as the starting gun for Christmas shopping.  
We ran this event last year that was covered in the T&A and BCB Radio
Why is Bradford Taking Part?
The event will encourage families to consider a ‘Low Tech, Low Cost’ Christmas to avoid getting into debt over big budget tech purchases and most importantly also provide an alternative for those families feeling alienated by Black Friday deals they can’t afford. Many Bradford citizens are reeling from the impact of Universal credit and austerity is really making us feel the pinch.
What will happen?
The event will have two strands working as one:
  1. Creative activities for all ages; making gifts, cards and decorations for the festive season. Plus, a chance to take part in a creative consultation on the future of the top end of town.
  2. Debt, budget & benefit advice and help whilst exploring alternative banking through the Credit Union. Plus information about other anti-poverty initiatives in Bradford.
Is it anti-business?
NO - this is not anti-commercial event, but rather an acknowledgement that vulnerable families can get themselves into debt at Christmas time by turning to high cost lenders or loan sharks to buy Christmas gifts, bringing misery onto families. We know that our event will increase footfall at the John Street Market and the upper part of town.
Where and when will it take place?
Bradford Council have donated the former Aspire-I building on John Street - it is a great corner location for promoting the event. On the ground floor there are two private spaces to hold advice sessions and room to show Childrens films.
There are toilets and the building is accessible.
Times are:
Friday 23rd from 10am – 6pm
Saturday 24th from 10am – 4pm
What do we need?
  • Funding – as a Currency Free Zone no participants will be charged for anything. We need money for promotion, refreshments and materials.
  • Community partners to get involved in running the event.
  • Debt, budget and benefit advisors to get involved in running the event.
Ian will be main email contact for both strands and refer creative themed correspondence to my colleague Debs.
Thanks for your support,
Ian Brewer
Financial Inclusion Officer
Bradford District Credit union

Bradford Roundtable: Brexit and Civil Society


Monday 3 December 2018
12.00 - 4.00 pm

CNet, Enterprise Hub, 114-116 Manningham Lane,
Bradford, BD8 7JF

In partnership with CNet, the Brexit Civil Society Alliance is hosting a roundtable discussion on what Brexit means for the third sector in Bradford.

Our goal is to bring civil society and relevant stakeholders together to network and share information - the roundtable discussion will also be an opportunity to express thoughts and concerns about Brexit's impact on your organisation.  

We have now mainly been working with devolved nations and regions as well as those in London. Part of our aim is to inform and support those civil society organisations in the regions of England so they are better able to understand and prepare for whatever is coming in terms of Brexit's impact on rights and standards etc.

If you wish to express your views at this event please book your place. Limited places available.

An agenda will be forwarded to registered participants closer to the event.

Light lunch and refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Please contact for further information.

About the Brexit Civil Society Alliance:
Established in July 2017 the Alliance has been active in helping to shape and improve Brexit legislation, connect politicians with civil society and help educate, inform and advocate for those who may feel remote from the Brexit process.

We help to give a voice to a wide range of groups in the Brexit process, from across all parts of the UK - connecting Wales, Scotland, Northern and Ireland and England. Organisations and sectors in human rights, the environment, consumer and workers rights, equality, democracy, food, farming, trade and further education are all working together to ensure that rights, standards, environmental protections and devolution is protected as we make our exit from the European Union. Read more about the Alliance and our work here.

We take no position on Brexit itself but seek to raise the concerns of member organisations and push for the best possible policy outcomes for our organisations and wider civil society as we leave the EU.
Book a Place

Shipley Area Community Networking Event


Tuesday 4th December 2018
3.30 - 5.30 pm
Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Road, Bingley, BD16 2TA


Time for you to meet other community organisations working in Shipley constituency and discuss your current projects.

  • Bring your publicity to share and we'll update your pages on the DIVA Bradford website.
  • Get updates about changes to Charity Commission guidance and local funding from Sarah Moss, Community Action.
  • Our topic for this informal meeting is security - come along and ask your questions and find out about changes to Crimestoppers charity from Marcia Churley, Shipley Area Office.
Register Your Place

Levelling the playing field: Reducing inequalities and developments from the UK National Screening Committee

Friday 7th December, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Holiday Inn London Regent's Park, 
Carburton Street, London, W1W 5EE


This fourth annual event of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) will build on the previous successful years, to showcase the UK NSC’s work, discuss developments in population screening and look to the future of screening across the UK.

The event will be a great opportunity for groups and organisations with an interest in the work of the UK NSC to meet the committee’s chair, director and members. There will be opportunities to ask questions as part of the panel discussions, network with colleagues and find out how to engage effectively with the process of evaluating and rolling out screening programmes in the UK. This year’s event will focus on making screening fairer.

We are delighted that GP and former UK NSC member Dr Sunil Bhanot will chair the day. Speakers will include:

  • Professor Bob Steele, current chair of the UK NSC
  • Sarah Manson, Head of Screening and Vaccination Policy, Scottish Government
  • Dr Sue Payne, Public Health Advisor for Screening, Scottish Government
  • Professor Anneke Lucassen, Professor of Clinical Genetics, Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Wessex Clinical Genetics Service, Southampton University
  • Jonothan Earnshaw, Clinical Lead for the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme in England

This event will inform delegates:

  • how the UK NSC uses modelling as a technique to inform evidence based research
  • what the UK NSC are doing to reduce inequalities in the NHS screening programmes
  • how the UK NSC is bridging the gap in inequality on a local and national level

Who should attend:
This event is aimed solely at third sector stakeholder organisations. Places will be allocated to ensure as wide a spread of representation at the event as possible. We regret that we will not be able to accommodate places for screening providers, commissioners or PHE/NHS England colleagues.

More Information
Event Information

Self-Care Week: 12th - 18th November 2018

Five packs have been developed for stroke, dementia, heart failure, asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

They have been developed for the person with the condition and are designed to support and empower people to feel more confident about self care, maintaining independence, control and responsibility. The can also be used by carers for that person.

More Information

New on-line support to help communities
to stay well this winter

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new ‘stay well’ section on the its website, offering information and resources to promote self-care in our local communities. Initially the site is focusing on supporting people to ‘stay well this winter’, including top tips, short films and quick guides on areas such as protecting against flu, preventing falls,  boosting mental wellbeing and managing common childhood illnesses, and where to go for  help.  The site will be expanded over time to include ‘stay well’ advice from other services across the Trust.
More Information
BAME Community Panel Member(s) needed, to help represent BAME communities as part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance Community Panel.
The ideal candidate for this role would meet the following criteria:
Essential Criteria
  • Candidate to come from a BAME community and is able to represent their community, as part of the Cancer Alliance Community Panel.
  • Attend Community Panel meetings once every two months and participate in panel discussions and activities.
  • Assist the panel coordinator to engage with BAME community groups and where possible assist in recruiting new panel members from these groups.
  • Has a passion to help support Cancer Patients, to improve Health Related Services and to be involved in shaping services and improve patient care across West Yorkshire.
  • Is able to travel to Leeds / Wakefield for the bi-monthly Panel meeting, all travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Desirable but non-essential Criteria
  • Any personal experience of Cancer or similar, as a patient, carer, family member or friend. 
  • Specific language skills to help reach harder to reach communities where languages and culture may be a barrier.
  • A willingness to participate in other Community Panel activities such as small group work, Cancer Alliance meetings, Community engagement work and specific projects.
The right candidate, will also have the opportunity to work closely on more specialised projects and to attend BAME engagement meetings to increase the Panels diversity and community representation across West Yorkshire.  They will receive full support in doing this. 
Further information on the Community Panel can be found here -

Fraser Corry
Cancer Alliance Community Panel Coordinator
✆ Main telephone number -  01924 787379
✆ Direct line -  01924 208327
Unity House, Westgate, Wakefield , WF1 1EP
Referral Form
Download Booklet
Registration form

County Lines

Organised crime groups and exploitation of the
young and vulnerable


County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas (within the UK), using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of ‘deal line’.  They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move (and store) the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) or weapons.

West Yorkshire has recently launched a campaign around County Lines and the Criminal exploitation of young and vulnerable people. The campaign, known as ‘Trapped’, aims to raise awareness of criminals who are grooming and exploiting children and young adults to commit crime on their behalf. Offenders take victims from urban areas to the countryside or coastal areas to sell drugs.

As well as drug dealing, victims are sometimes asked to carry out other forms of criminal activity such as arson, violent offences, storing firearms, holding money, criminal damage or assault.

Offenders use coercive behavior to threaten and exploit victims and their families.Some signs that a young or vulnerable person could be ‘Trapped’ and need help are:

• Young people going missing and travelling to seaside or market towns
• School absence or missing from school
• Money, clothes or accessories which they are unable to account for
• Receiving an excessive amount of texts and phone calls
• Relationships with controlling / older individuals or groups
• Carrying weapons
• Significant decline in school results / performance
• Self-harm or significant changes in emotional wellbeing
Please watch the video on the below link in relation to Trapped, which will hopefully give you a greater understanding of what County Lines is and how easy it is for gangs to recruit people.
Please see attached link to YouTube video for Trapped
The week of intensification is  focused on disrupting the activities of those involved in County Lines using the full range of 4P options available. 
  • Pursuing offenders
  • Reducing the number of effective lines,
  • Improving joint intelligence collection
  • Seizing proceeds of crime
  • Safeguarding and protecting the vulnerable
The Police are keen to identify both victims of County Lines/Criminal Exploitation as well as suspects and to ensure any intelligence is gathered at the earliest opportunity so a jigsaw can be built to enable positive actions to be taken. If you feel you are able to contribute in any way with any information please can you ring Police on 101, report online to West Yorkshire Police or to Crime Stoppers online or 0800 555111.

Gynae Survey

Earlier in the year, Healthwatch listened to  people’s  experiences  using gynaecological services in Bradford district. We would like to obtain more information to tell these services what they're doing well and what could be done better. If you have not already completed the survey, please take a few minutes to answer the questions.

Gynaecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive system - the womb, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina, vulva and breasts. Gynaecological conditions include, but are not limited to: heavy and/or irregular periods, endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), pelvic floor disorders, sexually transmitted infections and diseases, and vulva and vaginal disorders. We would also like to hear experiences of attending routine appointments such as smear tests.

We understand this topic may be sensitive.  Any information you give us will be treated confidentially and stored in line with the General Data Protection Act 2018.  Feedback you give us will not be passed onto services in a way that makes you identifiable.
We know our customers are a kind bunch, so we're going to be collecting Christmas presents for underprivileged children in Bradford as part of the Bradford Cinderella Club and Bradford Cathedral annual Shoebox Appeal.

You can drop off your gifts at the bar (21-25 Ivegate), and they don't have to be in an actual shoebox but that's about the volume to aim for. Make sure your box isn't sealed. 

There are some guidelines below, and the appeal finishes on 8th December, so get them in before that date.
Referral Form

Have Your Say – Help Shape the Future of Oral
and Dental Health Research


James Lind Alliance Oral and Dental Health
Priority Setting Partnership

Please tell us which you think are the 10 most important research questions by completing our survey before 5pm on 16 Nov 2018. To find out more about this project visit our website
To view all of Bradford Council's current consultations visit their website.

Accessible Information Standard Awareness Training


Six sessions from Tuesday 6th November

Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Bradford, BD8 8BD

This 2 hour interactive session, run by Bradford Talking Media, will discuss the principles of the Accessible Information Standard with real life stories and practical tips to support you to be compliant with the Standard.

NHS England introduced the Accessible Information Standard to help clarify what is reasonable under the Equality Act. It aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss receive information that they can easily read or understand and get support so they can communicate effectively with health and publically-funded social care services. It covers patients, their parents and carers and has been law since 31 July 2016, providers of any health and social care.
More information

This training is aimed at staff who working in Bradford city and who are having conversations with people who are less likely to take up cancer screening.

Bid Writing: The Basics 

Friday 25 January, 9.00 – 11.30 am

Jurys Inn, Brewery Wharf, Brewery Place, Leeds, LS10 1NE

Staff members, volunteers, board members or trustees of charities, schools or not for profit organisations who are about to submit grant funding applications to grant making trusts and foundations.

Bid Writing: Advanced


Friday 25 January, 12.00 - 2.30 pm

Jurys Inn, Brewery Wharf, Brewery Place, Leeds, LS10 1NE

Staff members, volunteers, board members or trustees of charities, schools or not for profit organisations who are about to submit grant funding applications to grant making trusts and foundations.

It is assumed that you already know the basic bid writing skills of good preparation, eligibility checking, clear writing and adequate proof reading. If you do not you should attend The Basics workshop first. Around half of all attendees attend both The Basics and Advanced workshops on the same day but there is no discount for attending both.

£95 including booking fees. Refreshments provided. Each attendee will receive a full set of notes and copies of eight real successful funding bids by e-mail after the workshop.
All places must be booked using a debit or credit card through the online booking system. We do not issue invoices or accept bank or cheque payments. If you do not have a debit card from your organisation please use a personal one and claim reimbursement using the booking confirmation e-mail as proof of purchase.
Booking Terms  
Workshop bookings are non cancelable, non refundable and non transferable between dates. If you are unable to attend on the date booked you may send someone else in your place.
Fully booked means fully booked. There are no waiting lists for people hoping for a cancellation. There are no discounts. If you have a question please e-mail and you will usually receive a response within 24 hours.
Book a Place: The Basics
Book a Place: Advanced
For more training opportunities visit the My Local Community website or the Doing Good Leeds website.
The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co, Inc. owner of Newsquest Media Group, which publishes regional and local newspapers, websites and magazines across the UK, including the Telegraph & Argus. The Gannett Foundation provides funding to support local projects and organisations in areas where Newsquest operates. The funds are managed by the Quartet Community Foundation.

In the last 10 years, the Gannett Foundation has made grants in the UK alone totalling more than £4 million.

We value projects that bring lasting benefits to the communities and neighbourhoods served by our newspapers. That includes schemes for neighbourhood improvement and local problem-solving, economic development, youth development, education and cultural creativity, help for the disadvantaged or disabled and environmental conservation.

Typically our grants are made for substantial projects which require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000. We will of course also entertain more modest applications, but we actively encourage imaginative and ambitious projects on a bigger scale. And we are also able to join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects.

While preference may be given to ideas which create a durable legacy for the community, we will consider single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet our criteria.

More Info and Application Form


The Aziz Foundation is a family charitable foundation established in 2015. Its vision is to support the most disadvantaged communities in Britain by supporting community empowerment, leadership development and greater public engagement.

Applicants should note that in most cases the Aziz Foundation can only fund up to 25% of a project and that amount is capped at £15,000 of the total costs of any proposal.

General Fund

The funder aims to make grants to a wide range of organisations and are particularly keen to help disadvantaged communities and sections of societies.

The priorities are:

Community Empowerment

From the grant making policy: "To identify needs, raise awareness and strengthen capacity for self-help in disadvantaged communities. In addition, to invest in and develop the leadership capacity and human capital of disadvantaged communities, so that they may better address their needs."

Public Engagement

From the grant making policy: "To strengthen the representation, visibility and voice of disadvantaged communities in policy, media and public discourse, and arts and culture.

The deadline for applications to the General Fund is 11 January 2019 (4pm).


Please read the guidance notes and grant making policy then find out how to apply.


Email or telephone 020 7432 2444.

Youth Capacity Fund

Deadline Monday 19th November

The Big Lottery have £1.2 million in funding to invest in local grassroots organisations working with disadvantaged young people who are not in education, employment or training to increase their capacity. They are particularly interested in applications from organisations working with BAME young people. There are only three areas in the country eligible and Bradford is one of these. The funding is for small groups (With a turnover of less than £250,000, or Employing less than 3 members of staff.

You can apply for a grant of up to £50,000 for up to one year. 

The Youth Capacity Fund will support organisations to:
  • Build their own capacity to deliver more for young people in the future, for example, improving fundraising capacity, organisational and staff development, business development work or youth voice development.
  • Develop partnerships across organisations, to help support grassroots organisations collaborate with other local organisations, including public bodies and businesses who can achieve wider impact together.
More Information

Health Messaging Small Grants Funding - Round 2


Deadline Monday 19th November 2018

For this project, we are rolling out funds to enable local community groups as trusted intermediaries to deliver health messages into their communities themselves with a wider remit of services. A series of small grants will be allocated to specific community groups to enable these groups to be able to disseminate awareness and self-care messages in the most appropriate approach for their target audience. This will be accompanied by briefing materials to ensure a consistent message. This work will also support communities to build resilience by supporting healthier lifestyles, in their broadest sense.

There is a finite budget for each Community Partnership area in both Bradford and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, so please don't delay applying.

There will only be a third round if there is any funding remaining for particular areas.

This project will equip and empower local community groups to spread simplified and locality or culturally focussed versions of self-care messages including but not limited to:
  1. The ‘Choose Well’ message within their local neighbourhoods, cultural groups, and within specific targeted groups.
  2. Mental Health
  3. Flu vaccinations
  • Improved health literacy in frontline workers of small/ medium sized charities working in areas of deprivation
  • Improved health literacy of local communities
  • Self-reported understanding of messages (case studies)
  • Number of grants provided
  • Number of campaigns promoted
  • Number of communities reached
  • Equality Act data for the communities reached
Applications will be assessed by Bradford VCS Alliance. The assessment will be based on how the group is planning to communicate the key message to their target group, and the numbers of people they expect to reach.
The aim of this project is to reach as many different groups and communities as possible. If more than one application seeks to work with the same group of people in the same area, then preference will be given to the group considered to have proposed the project which will deliver the best quality results.
More information

Asset Based Community Development 
Small Grants Funding


Deadline Friday 23rd November 2018

Bradford City and Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) have invested non-recurrent funds to support and activate a range of grassroots community activities and ideas which will improve the health and wellbeing of local people. The intention is that the funding will promote the values and principles of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach which builds on the assets that are found in the community and mobilises individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to realise and develop their strengths.

ABCD is a set of values and principles which:
  • Identifies and makes visible the health enhancing assets in a community
  • Sees citizens and communities as the co-producers of health and wellbeing, rather than the recipients of services
  • Promotes community networks, relationships and friendships that can provide caring, mutual help and empowerment
  • Identifies what has the potential to improve health and well-being
  • Supports individuals’ health and well-being through self- esteem, coping strategies, resilience skills, relationships, friendships, knowledge and personal resources
  • Empower communities to control their futures and create tangible resources such as services, funds and buildings
(Foot and Hopkins 2010)

This project will provide small grants funding for grassroots organisations. Funding and support will be available to facilitate the development of solutions with the aim of creating sustainable opportunities to improve health and wellbeing.  The resources are available for one year and therefore cannot be spent on things requiring funding going forward.  Developments have to be self-sustaining by the communities or services themselves. Projects funded will link with local Community Partnership Priorities, and/or local Ward Plans.

This model will be an effective way of reaching projects and smaller organisations who can benefit from community development work as well as strengthening Community Health Partnerships and leaving a legacy within communities. This proposal has been put together in conjunction with the VCS and the Community Anchors.

BVCSA will provide the following:
  • Project set up
  • Central financial administration and distribution
  • Collation of monitoring and final evaluation
  • Support and co-ordination for local workers
Local community groups will be able to apply for £250 – £1000 to support their own project to meet the health and wellbeing needs within a specific area. Organisations can apply for more than one grant if they have access to a number of different community groups.  The key focus is for local community groups to have an ownership of the opportunity.

This funding is for the Bradford City and District CCG areas only
The project will run until the end of September 2019
The funding pot currently stands at £235,000 for the year
More information

Parents in the Lead activities fund

Parents in the Lead activities fund is designed to help parents run activities for their and other families expecting babies or with children under four, in the Better Start Bradford area (Bowling, Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton).

We are particularly interested to hear from parents who are not currently involved in local activities for babies and children, to support them to organise activities. The majority of those benefiting from this fund must be families expecting babies or children under four and their parents.

All activities will be in line with our vision.

Parents includes dads, mums and grandparents and also families expecting a baby.

Who’s it for? Smaller parent and community led organisations in the Better Start Bradford area can apply. The majority of those benefiting from this fund must be families expecting babies or children under four and their parents.

How much funding is available? You can apply once a year for a maximum of £2,000. However we expect the usual amount the activities fund will give is £500.

What type of activities will be funded? Activities should:
– Contribute towards the social and emotional development of babies and toddlers (under four)
– Develop communication and language in babies and toddlers (under four)
– Improve nutrition and health in babies and toddlers (under four)

Examples of activities that could be run include: activities for dads and their young children, activities involving grandparents, activities involving groups of sisters and brothers, playgroups, growing and outdoor activities, baby sign language classes.

Please check the guidance notes to see what activities are fundable and what we cannot fund.

How do you apply for funding from the Parents in the Lead activities fund? There is a quick, simple application form which parents (and those supporting them) complete to tell us about your ideas and what these will cost.
Parents in the lead – activities fund – application form
Parent in the Lead application guidance notes

What are the deadlines to receive applications in 2018?
– Friday 30 November 2018

How are decisions made? Decisions are made by a selection panel, which includes local parents, who will look at all the applications and choose the best ideas for local families with children under four to enjoy.  All activities will be in line with our vision.

How can parents get involved in the selection panel? There is a simple application form for parents to complete to express an interest in getting involved.

How to find out more: To find out more, or if you have any questions as you complete your application, please contact our family and community engagement team on 01274 723146.

Small Grants Scheme


Deadline Friday 30th November 2018


If your organisation would like to apply for up to £300 of funding to run activities or events of community benefit in the BD5 area, please contact the Clerk, Mohammed Rafiq by email, to request an application form, or your local  Community Councillor or alternatively, please download the application form and terms below.

Grant application form November 2018

Grant applications guidelines 2018

Please note, proof of spend will be required and you may be asked to attend our Annual Community Meeting to give feedback. Also please note the form has changed so please ensure you use the correct version of the application.

Community Grants


Deadline Friday 7th December 2018

The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards grants of up to £50,000 to local housing projects that will strengthen local communities by supporting the most vulnerable, find new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

Bradford district is an eligible area for funding. Registered UK charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives can apply.

Core costs, staff/volunteer costs and training, as well as small-scale capital costs can be funded.

The funding period is between one and two years. Nationwide will part-fund project costs of over 50% of the total project cost, but organisations must be able to secure the remaining project costs within two months of the award.
More Information

Safer Communities Fund


Deadline Friday 7th December 2018

The Safer Communities Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to help voluntary and community groups, charities and partners make their communities safer and feel safer.

Grants will be awarded in line with the outcomes and priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan. Projects must take place in West Yorkshire.

More Information

Community Projects Grants


Deadline Monday 10th December 2018

Grow Wild is awarding grants of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups across the UK to deliver projects in their community focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi.

Grow Wild connects people to nature and each other by funding creative and innovative ideas, focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi. We support community groups and organisations to bring imaginative, and engaging projects to life.

We will fund all sorts of things from creative events, art work to establishing wild flower areas. If your project and organisation are eligible, in 2019 Grow Wild is looking to fund projects that promote and highlight our aims and objectives within their project delivery. These are:

  1. focus on UK native wild flowers, plants and/or fungi, through planting or as inspiration, and will help people understand the importance of these native species for the environment and our lives.
  2. work with one or more of Grow Wild’s target audiences:
    • Young people aged 12-25
    • Communities living in urban areas
    • Communities experiencing some disadvantage or reduced access to services
    • Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities
  3. have the potential to reach at least 300 people  
  4. enable people to connect with, learn something new and give to help each other and nature.
  5. have an idea that is introducing something new, e.g. a new, unlikely location, new group of people or creative way to engage your audience.
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The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation Fund


Deadline Tuesday 11th December

New small grants fund for Bradford District and Leeds. Voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects working with beneficiaries in Bradford District or Leeds.
  • Organisations with an annual turnover of less than £500,000 are a priority for funding.
  • The funder is particularly keen to hear from new and emerging groups.
  • Grants can be used to extend a current project or start a new activity.
  • Projects should aim to help those in greatest need or furthest from employment.
The fund is seeking applications from groups which are delivering innovative activities and services that focus on mental health and wellbeing, as well as education, training and employment.
More information

Social Impact Fund


Deadline Friday 4th January 2019

The Provident Social Impact Fund aims to support social inclusion. The programme will invest in activities that seek to alleviate the underlying problems that prevent social inclusion and enjoyment of a full modern life.

The fund will run for 12 months and will distribute £40,000 in grants of £1,500 to £5,000. Priority will be given to small, locally-based community organisations in areas of social, financial and welfare disadvantage.

Organisations with an annual income over £250,000 cannot apply to this fund.

Projects should meet one of the following themes:
  • Improving people’s personal finance capabilities (debt and financial advice/education).
  • Improving physical and/or mental health.
  • Providing support which enhances, creates and sustains positive family relationships.
  • Addressing issues of low educational attainment and improving learning outcomes.
  • Providing people with opportunities to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage, including projects which increase access to employment.
The grants panel will look to fund projects and activities that are addressing need identified through consultation and/or engagement with potential beneficiaries and have a clear focus on the positive results they plan to achieve. Projects need to be inclusive of people in the locality regardless of their background, offer wider benefit and be cost effective.
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Small Charities Funded Website Programme

No deadline

New funding opportunity for selected small charities with incomes below £350k annually to receive a new, best practice website built using templates funded by the Transform Foundation. 

As part of this programme:

  • Successful applicants will also receive a website strategy and design process to adapt the templated site to their needs.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  • Your organisation will need to cover ongoing costs for a minimum of a 12 month commitment
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Pebble Grants


This is our small funding stream for UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £1million. If you are raising money for a particular project for which the mainstay is capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) and have already raised a third of the total costs, you may be eligible for this.

We are currently accepting applications for our January 2019 trustees’ meeting.

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Noel Buxton Trust

No Deadline

The Noel Buxton Trust supports charities working with families and prisoners in Britain. While wishing to maintain funding in these broad areas, Trustees have decided to narrow the focus of their support.

Smaller, grassroots organisations with charitable status in England, Scotland and Wales can apply - the emphasis is on areas outside of London and the South-east. Please check the list of exclusions before you apply.

Applications can be made at any time. It can take up to six months to assess an application.

The Trustees have decided to focus their funding for families on the issue of domestic abuse. Projects that work with survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic abuse can be funded over several years and for "core" running costs. "Unfortunately, the Trustees are not able to accept appeals for work in women’s or men's refuges because of our limited funds.

The maximum grant is £5,000 per year for up to three years.

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Near Neighbours small grants 2018

No published deadlines
Grants are awarded until all funds have been spent

Near Neighbours brings people from communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse together, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.

Grants of £250 to £5,000 are available to support projects that develop:
  1. Social interaction - to develop positive relationships in multi-faith and multi-ethnic areas i.e. to help people from different faiths and ethnicities get to know and understand each other better.
  2. Social action - to encourage people of different faiths and of no faith and of different ethnicities to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood.
Parts of Bradford district are eligible. Check the West Yorkshire eligibility map to make sure your project is in an area that can be funded.
Please read the criteria before completing the application form.
The funder aims to make a decision on all grant applications within 14 days of receiving all the necessary information.

The funder encourages applicants to speak to their local Near Neighbours coordinator before completing the application form. Their job is to support you in developing your project idea and help you through the application process. They can also suggest potential partners and assist you in identifying what activities you could run as part of your project.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, new grants guidelines

No deadline

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation supports smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations within the UK, with a total annual income under £500,000, who work in the most deprived urban areas or the most remote and socio-economically deprived rural areas.

Within these overarching themes, we support projects which fall under the broad headings of Community Support, Arts, Education and Heritage." General costs including core costs, salaries, projects costs; capital expenditure on buildings or essential equipment can be funded.

The Foundation changed its grant making programme on 1 June 2018 so if you are considering applying, please take the time to read the new guidelines as various changes have been made, including larger grant amounts, multi-year grants and different income limits for eligibility.

There are no deadlines, you can apply at any time. "Small Grants will usually receive a final decision within 6 weeks of our receipt of your application. Major Grants will be decided at our Grants Committee meetings which usually take place in February, May, July and late October/early November. There are no deadlines for these meetings: we generally close the list for a meeting around 4 to 6 weeks prior to the meeting, depending on how many applications have been received. If you miss one meeting, your application will automatically be rolled on to the next available meeting."

Not currently eligible for funding

  • Set up costs for new organisations
  • Projects outside the UK
  • Animal welfare/conservation
  • Feasibility studies
  • Capital appeals for places of worship unless these are primarily for wider community use, such as an adjoining church hall or a clearly defined community area within a place of worship
  • One-off events (except under the Small Grants programme)
  • PR and awareness raising; fundraising salaries, events or initiatives
  • Projects primarily concerned with the productions of DVDs or other media

Please do not hesitate to call us on 020 7264 4990 to discuss your project before making an application if you are uncertain about its eligibility or any aspect of our programmes and grants process:
Miss Judith Leigh (Grants Director): Major Grants
Ms Sarah McGill (Grants Manager): Small Grants"
We are a small team (one full time, one part time) so please be patient when contacting us by phone. We do return all messages left.

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

Prince's Trust Team Leader | Bradford YMCA
Salary: £20,031 | 37.5 hrs pw
Closing date: Friday 16 November 2018

Advice Training Supervisor | Citizens Advice Bradford and Airedale and Bradford Law Centre

Salary: £23,866 | 37 hrs pw
Closing date: Monday 19 November 2018

Training Co-ordinator | Citizens Advice Bradford and Airedale and Bradford Law Centre
Salary: £21,074 (pro rata) | 18.5 hrs pw
Closing date: Monday 19 November 2018

Caretaker | Bradford YMCA

Salary: £8.00 ph | 20 hrs pw
Closing date: Tuesday 20 November 2018

Caretaker - Casual | Bradford YMCA

Salary: £8.00 ph | as and when required
Closing date: Tuesday 20 November 2018

Peer Support Worker Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT) | The Cellar Trust

Salary: £18,745 (pro rata) | 22.5 hrs pw
Closing date: Monday 26 November 2018

Peer Support Worker Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT) | Mind in Bradford

Salary: £18,745 (pro rata) | 22.5 hrs pw
Closing date: Monday 26 November 2018

 CHAT English Club Coordinator | BEACON (Bradford Ecumenical Asylum Concern)

Salary: £18,870 (pro rata) | 5 hrs pw
Closing date: Tuesday 27 November 2018

Chief Officer | WYCAS (West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service)

Salary: £40,858 (pro rata) | 21 hrs pw
Closing date: Wednesday 28 November 2018

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

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