As you will know, our charitable efforts are aimed at supporting Leeds Community Foundation which helps thousands of charities and voluntary groups across the city. The fund also supports #GiveBradford, helping make grants and providing expertise to community projects in Bradford.
Gareth and I were invited to spend the day with other fund supporters meeting and engaging with some of the third sector organisations in Bradford.
First up was Bradford Community Broadcasting, which uses engagement in community radio to bring about social change and giving young people a voice in the media. We got to record a segment and there were obviously some real broadcasting naturals in our group.
Next up was Eccleshill Adventure Playground (The Big Swing), and this was like no other playground I had seen before. It encourages adventure play. To run, hide and use the space as they choose, facilitated by Janet and her team. It was a real throwback for me to the days when you’d scavenge for any materials to build your dens. It also encourages young people with their own healthy food preparation.
And finally, we arrived at the Karmand Community Centre, which focuses on community integration, isolation, healthy lifestyles educational attainment and day to day issues. The centre opened in 1983, but it has burgeoned into a vital hub in the Bradford East community.
These are just a few examples of the great work provided in the community by the third sector, highlighting the need for greater support and funding. It was clear to see that the fund plays such an important part in helping bring opportunities to those that need it most in the city.
Don’t forget to spend a moment here and maybe find some way of joining us supporting the fund too.