Disability Support offers advocacy support and community arts projects for disabled
people in the Bradford district. It is affiliated to the National Open College Network
as a learning provider. The Community Grant is being used to run an accredited advocacy
skills training course for disabled people, involving 30 hours of training over 6
months, with sign posting for learning, training, volunteering and employment. The
training will improve basic and key skills, help with confidence, and communication
and listening skills, and provide participants the opportunity to work as advocacy
support workers, thus enhancing employability.
The Edge Trust
The Edge Trust is a charity based in Bradford, aiming to help young people keep away
from drugs, alcohol, crime and any other activities that could be damaging to their
future development. The Community Grants project is supporting 36 young out of work
people with complex problems and poor aspirations. Working with a number of delivery
partners, the Trust is providing a programme of engagement, personal development
using art and electronic media, for six months, to develop self esteem and employability.
Further support will be provided in supporting clients who find employment or training
in addressing issues that commonly arise, e.g. related to relationships in the workplace
with those in authority or colleagues, enabling sustained employment.
Informal Learning is a voluntary and community sector organisation. Its objectives
are to offer high quality professionally led programs, accredited training schemes
and positive activities for young people and the wider community. The grant has financed
the delivery of an accredited Level 2 course in Community Education for 14 people
in Wakefield, with priority given to volunteers working in community settings. Learners
will develop their youth work skills and the course provides the opportunity to lead
on to a degree program.
Inspire is a voluntary and community organisation based in Dewsbury area, providing
educational and employment training opportunities to the local community. The Community
Grant is funding a 5 month project to support 40 people Not in Education, Employment
of Training (NEET) towards employment. Clients receive one to one sessions, in their
own language to overcome language barriers, to assess need and receive support in
aspects such as job matching skills, CV preparation and interview techniques, and
participate in group workshops. Employment advisors regularly monitor client’s progress,
and an Employment Liaison Officer matches clients with placements, apprenticeships
and voluntary work created through links with local employers.
Invizible Circle Education is a grass roots youth and community education organisation,
providing creative solutions to community cohesion and curriculum re-engagement.
The Community Grant project is working to engage 30 people from disadvantaged, hard
to reach and BME communities through music and creativity. Through a 6 month programme
of individual and group contact each participant will gain approximately 42 hours
of learning, including basic and interpersonal skills, communication, confidence
and effective presentation. The programme will finish with CV development and referral
to further learning and work experience.
The Isis Project is a charity which offers a safe and nurturing environment, with
a wide range of activities, to help women recover from mental distress. The grant
has been used to provide a series of workshops over 42 weeks, with child care provision,
to help 70 women move closer to employment. Sessions include an audit of current
skills, confidence building, presentation, debt counselling, and writing CVs and
on line applications. Skills development includes lateral thinking, negotiation and
problem solving, allowing women to make informed career choices, with possible progression
to further training.
The JOIN Project is a local charity that runs recreational and educational activities
for adults with learning disabilities in the Keighley area. Through Community Grants
JOIN is running ‘Skills for Work’ workshops, once a week for a year, for 12 adults
with learning disabilities. Training will include using office equipment and systems
e.g. reception, telephone, IT skills, literacy and numeracy, financial management
e.g. petty cash, organising events, managing stress and conflict, and finding work,
e.g. interview skills. ‘Skills for Work’ is a vocational course designed to meet
clients’ specific needs, and enable them to progress in to office based employment.
Keighley Association for Women and Children’s Centre
KAWCC is a charity and holistic community centre which runs projects for women and
young people of different faiths and backgrounds, tackling issues of race, culture
and stereotyping through a mixture of schemes and youth work. The Community Grant
funded project has provided a range of learning experiences for 34 South Asian women
from areas of high deprivation. Over six months participants are building a portfolio
of skills and qualifications that will enable them to become active citizens and
in time compete in the jobs market.
This not for profit organisation works to combat disadvantage, educational deprivation
and improve social and economic well being for people from ethnic minorities, and
others who experience difficulties accessing main stream provision. The grant is
enabling LDJ to provide a 4 hour learning session once a week for 32 weeks covering
IT, literacy and numeracy. The project will target individuals who have confidence
issues, low self esteem, lack basic skills and face barriers to competing in the
employment market. An accredited Entry Level course will be offered for progression.
The Millan Centre is a charity and Community Centre for women and children in the
Manningham and Heaton area of Bradford, providing educational, social and recreational
activities. The grant has funded a project incorporating Information, advice and
guidance sessions, courses in IT and ESOL for 30 participants to develop IT and English
skills, and taster workshops, over a nine month period, to increase awareness of
employment options. The project will finish with a job fair, where employers, training
providers and enterprise experts, Job Centre Plus and Connexions will be invited
to give advice, e.g. on self employment, and advertise jobs.