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Safety First Training Centre

Safety First Community Training Centre is a community training provider, based in Bradford, offering a range of activities including Education, Training, Recreation, and Health projects whilst aiming to provide a response to problems identified by the community and/or residents. Through Community Grants the charity has set up training for 10 -15 people who are over 50 or have a disability to become community based Benefit Advisors. Clients will be offered assistance in updating their CV, letter writing skills and volunteering opportunities, and benefit by gaining an understanding of the benefit system on accredited training, work placements, and improved customer confidence, enabling them to move closer to the jobs market.


SESKU Community Learning and Skills Academy

SESKU is a not for profit company in the Wakefield district, delivering sports sessions and an obesity programme in local schools. The Academy is running a total of 39 sessions for unemployed people in the community through Community Grants during a 10 month project. The sessions include effective communication, identifying need and setting goals, developing a CV and job searching skills. The programme is also delivering accredited training in First Aid. Over a year the programme will run three times with 12 participants each, delivering new skills that can be adapted to the workplace.

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SNAPS (Special Needs and Parents Support)

SNAPS is a voluntary and community organisation providing advice and support for children with special needs, their siblings, parents and carers in the Leeds area. SNAPS also campaigns to improve provision. The Community Grants project is providing Personal and Career Coaching in one to one sessions for 14 carers, and issue based workshops, e.g. confidence, job search and applications over 6 sessions for 72 carers, run over the course of a year. Careers Guidance and training and information on volunteering opportunities will contribute to building confidence and skills. Another 400 members of SNAPS have benefited from improved access to information.


St Anthony’s Project for Homeless Addicts

The St Anthony Project is a charity based at Claver Hall, Bradford, and is a residential substance misuse supported housing scheme, for male drug and/or alcohol dependants. The Community Grant is funding a Workability Training Programme which combines numeracy and literacy skills with therapeutic interventions and motivational tools to provide vocational work and education and training initiatives. The programme incorporates a new approach on addressing employability needs as integral to treating the dependency, rather than as a follow on step once physical health is restored. The programme will deliver 5 hours of learning a week over 25 weeks to 20 participants, and volunteer work placements will also be made available to help clients move towards further education, training and work.


Thornbury Youth and Community Centre

The Centre offers a wide range of recreational, educational and employment activities in a culturally diverse and deprived area of Bradford, aiming to improve the life chances of members of the community. Through Community Grants the Centre has provided a programme aimed at single parents, consisting of 15 three hour accredited learning sessions over 15 weeks to 15 learners (run twice). Each programme includes sessions on IT, CV building, self confidence, presentation, negotiation and problem solving skills, and interview skills. Learners will leave the programme with transferable skills and a career and learning plan.


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Trescom Unity

Trescom Unity is a not for profit company in Bradford offering training, capacity building and empowerment to people in disadvantaged communities, particularly women, the unemployed and people from ethnic minorities. The Community Grant has funded the provision of a 15 week programme for 15 people from ethnic minorities, offering range of sessions offering basic literacy and numeracy, confidence building, and pre-citizenship and community links. The programme also includes an introduction to Bradford Kickstart programme and local business support agencies to develop skills and vocational training. The programme will help learners break barriers, e.g. by reducing fear of attending local venues and identifying their skills which can be applied to new learning, moving learners closer to employment.


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The Waxworks Music Initiative

This social enterprise in Bradford uses creative arts, including digital music and graphic design, as tools in tackling disadvantage and raising aspirations and attainment of people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The grant is providing a programme aimed at increasing confidence and self worth as well as new skills which will help participants access further training and work. Activities include digital music and rap and poetry production workshops, and event co-ordination leading to performance days. Also on offer are seminars from music industry professionals and personal development programmes, and accredited learning, in collaboration with Bradford Study Support Network. The project aims to support 75 participants over a 6 month period.


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Westend Centre

The Westend Centre is a Voluntary Sector Community Centre in Little Horton, Bradford, offering support, training, courses and activities for the local community. The centre aims to combat social isolation and help people access education, training and employment opportunities. The Community Grant is enabling people already accessing free training at the centre to move on to sessions to improve employability, incorporating a series of Basic Skills and Employability sessions. The training will be available to approximately 130 learners, each with a personal development plan, over 56 weeks.


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‘It was amazing.

One learner has found her ‘dream’ job, another is starting her own business and another is now taking driving lessons’.

Sam Grundy, Snaps

‘It was the first time many participants had been involved in something they enjoyed.

It made a big impact, they became more motivated, had more confidence and gained transferable skills.’

Ed, Williams Waxworks