Key Bradford businesses and local charities came together last week to celebrate the first Bradford 100 Club event, held at Bradford City Football Club’s Northern Commercial Stadium.
Launched in November 2017, the #GiveBradford campaign enables local communities across the district to get the support they need to create positive change and improve the lives of local people by distributing a number of different grants programmes.
The Bradford 100 Club is a special patronage scheme that brings together individuals and businesses who want to ‘give something back’ and address the key challenges facing the district.
With 25 supporters already signed up, the inaugural Bradford 100 Club event offered the chance for members to meet, network and talk to some of the amazing community groups that have been supported.
Representatives were present from the following Bradford groups:
Shine is a locally rooted charity supporting West Bowling, one of the most deprived areas across the country. Funded projects include teaching 40 young people and adults budgeting skills, cost-effective food shopping and how to prepare and cook healthy, nutritious meals.
Bradford Disability Football Club provides professional football coaching to players of all ages and varying disability levels. A grant allowed for a new committee of our members who will be responsible for arranging social events and outreach activities for everyone at our club and being visibly active in shaping the future of our club.
Impact Gamers CIC encourages young people away from anti-social behaviour and towards developing their own video and computer games. Funding made it possible for the group expand their classes and starting working directly with local schools.
Bradford Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for homeless people in the homes of trained volunteers. A grant funded their ‘Nightstop Champions’ programme, allowing young people at risk of homelessness to develop their skills, volunteer and help prevent facing future homelessness.
Speaking at the event, Matthew Roberts of Leeds Community Foundation commented:
“With many more irons in the fire there’s a lot more we can do and we look forward to growing this network to ensure we can commit to bringing more funds into play to help make this district a place of opportunity for all.”