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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.