Bradford programme

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A ten-year commitment to partnership working in Bradford.


Director, Policy and Research
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During 2013-14, we are supporting a number of partnerships and projects that reflect issues of importance to Bradford and JRF’s national strategic priorities. We are focusing our limited resources on partnerships and practical work that involves local people.

Current programmes of work

A summary of the work we are doing in Bradford is available - download our leaflet (PDF, 585KB)

Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness

Home can be a lonely place, and we’re concerned about the wellbeing of people of all ages who feel isolated. There are things we all can do in our neighbourhoods to help ourselves and others to feel less alone.

Since 2011 we’ve been working with local people in four neighbourhoods – two in Bradford and two in York – to find out how a neighbourhood as a whole can support those who live with loneliness. In Bradford, we’ve been working with community researchers, local residents and other agencies and groups in Denholme and Bradford Moor. We’re funding an evaluation of this action-research programme, to be released 2014 (linked with the national Campaign to End Loneliness).

Contact: Tracey Robbins

Dementia without walls

People who have dementia have told us that formal services are important but often it is other people’s attitudes and actions that impact most.

How can our local communities be better places for people with dementia to live well? JRF is working in partnership with Bradford Council, the Alzheimer’s Society and others to support Bradford to become more dementia-friendly (2013–2015). JRF supports similar initiatives in York and has funded a JRF Community Development Manager to enable learning and information exchange between Bradford and York, across research and practice, and to link JRF’s work on dementia, loneliness and an ageing society. Nationally, JRF is investing in a project to support the empowerment of people with dementia.

Contact: Philly Hare

Intercultural Leadership School: Developing the next generation of young leaders

JRF is supporting the Intercultural Leadership School in Bradford, led by Selina Ullah (2013–2015). This will equip forty young people from Bradford (twenty each year), to connect across cultures and communities in Bradford. They will develop their inter-cultural skills, ideas for social change and networks. The idea emerged from discussions organised by the Common Good Network.

Contact: Selina Ullah

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Comm-Uni-Ty: Developing a 'community university'

JRF is part-funding the University of Bradford to run an innovative pilot (2013–14). The pilot was co-created to bring together community activists and university academics to exchange knowledge on social change and explore new approaches to poverty, power and participation in communities in the north of England (Bradford and Sheffield).

Contact: Jenny Pearce

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UnLtd Social Futures Awards – sharing the learning

In 2012, the Bradford Social Futures Awards pilot scheme completed (supported as part of the JRF Connecting through Change programme). The pilot was led by UnLtd and involved partnership with Bradford Council and JRF. The central question behind the pilot was: “Can more be done to unlock the potential of local people with local solutions to tackle local problems?” The Bradford Social Futures Awards scheme made seventeen awards. The scheme was run by UnLtd who provided tailored assistance to award-holders; Bradford Council provided public service advice; JRF provided flexible finance and signposting. In June 2013, JRF published a report by UnLtd to share the learning and conclusions, as we believe the lessons are valuable for commissioners and social entrepreneurs across the country as well as in Bradford.

Contact: Zulfiqar Ahmed

What have we done so far?

Over the past nine years, our Communities Bradford projects and projects funded under Bradford programmes on Connecting through Change and Living through Change have taken many different approaches, including film-making, creative arts, public lectures and debate, books, community research, and awards to social entrepreneurs. Most of these projects were managed by Bana Gora (Bradford programme manager 2004–13).

These projects have:

  • highlighted the common hopes and experiences of people with different ethnicities, religions and cultures living in Bradford;
  • showcased the voices of people who are not usually heard, including Muslim women, young Muslim men, people from different backgrounds living on traditionally white working class estates;
  • provided safe opportunities for discussion and debate to take place on key issues;
  • provided useful resources, which residents, policy-makers and practitioners can use to change mindsets and practice;
  • explored the impact of recession in Bradford on mental health, small businesses and enterprise, community relations, and household debt and livelihoods;
  • supported action-learning sets on working in neighbourhoods, and wider networking and events led by local individuals and organisations;
  • invested in local people with ideas for tackling local issues (through the UnLtd and Bradford Council partnership on Social Futures Awards);
  • co-funded with the Association of West Yorkshire Authorities a project called Made in West Yorkshire on people's identities, lives, voices and experiences, and how the delivery of cohesion and Prevent was happening on the ground across the region.

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