GiveBradford Celebrates One Year On
Launched in 2017, our GiveBradford campaign is celebrating a successful first year this November. Managed by Leeds Community Foundation, GiveBradford has gone from strength to strength, distributing over £1.2 million in grants to a range of grassroots community projects, directly benefiting thousands of local people across the district.
This month, we celebrated with our fantastic 100 Club Supporters at a special event in Bradford. Kindly hosted by 100 Club supporter, Schofield Sweeney, we welcomed businesses from Leeds and Bradford and representatives from some of the projects we’ve funded to share the impact we’ve made so far in the District.
Speaking from Bradford Community Broadcasting, guests heard from Mary Dowson and Dom Burch, who shared the story of one young person who had developed the confidence to speak live on air. With help from a GiveBradford grant, Adam, who has autism, has gone from delivering pre-recorded weather updates for the station to now being their resident weather forecaster and talking live to listeners across the District on his own weekly programme – Adam’s Weather. Allowing him to make friends and build new relationships with the BCB team, this project is indicative of the vital impact the campaign makes to individuals every day.
With support for the campaign growing, GiveBradford has welcomed 31 supporters to date, including key organisations such as Yorkshire Building Society, The Broadway Bradford and Leeds Bradford Airport.
Most importantly, since the launch, the campaign has been able to facilitate and fund some amazing work on the ground, making a vital impact to local people, including:
- Karmand Community Centre received a Go Higher West Yorkshire Fund grant to continue work in East Bradford to raise local young people’s aspirations by running a series of focus groups, visits to Higher Education institutions and parent engagement sessions.
- The Cellar Trust provides support for adults with mental health problems across the district, through offering a range of services, including crisis support and vocational recovery programmes such as horticulture, woodwork and catering. They were given a grant from the Henry Smith Charity.
- Nigeria Community Association who received money through the Pears Youth Fund, works with young people through their group work activities to bring together their peers from African communities in Bradford and produce and project positive, affirmative images of young Nigerians.
“It is an exciting time for the Bradford district, with the recent launch of the Bradford Bid and continuing momentum of Bradford Economic Partnership, and so we are thrilled that the GiveBradford campaign has received a vote of confidence from so many in the business community at this initial stage.
Building on a successful first year, we look forward over the next few months to announcing further investment to tackle some of the key priority issues for the city.”
Matthew Roberts, Head of Development at GiveBradford