Bradford Business & Charity Networking
Karl Wilson from Specialist Autism Services and Adele Dolby Business in the Community – Business Connector for Bradford.
Hosted the first free to attend joint business and community group networking event with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Held on Friday October 20th from 9.30-11.30am by Specialist Autism Services, in partnership with Business in the Community, the event saw over 20 delegates attend the event at City Hall in Bradford city centre.
The autumn event is the first of a series of events set to run quarterly and aims to provide an opportunity for the city’s businesses and charities to get together for the benefit of Bradford and the people that live in the city.
Each attendee had two – five minutes to talk about their organisation, their needs or what they could offer followed by open networking whilst having a cuppa and a biscuit. Many connections were made on the day with business cards being readily exchanged.
Ian Brewer from Bradford District Credit Union said, “Thanks so much for this, I loved the event and the format was perfect by allowing 5 minute introductions from everyone and then real face-time conversations!”
Karl Wilson – Fundraising & Engagement Officer Specialist Autism Services adds:
“I felt that it would be great to set up this event to help get businesses and charities together to discuss how everyone can help each other along with supporting great causes, for the benefit of the city and the people that live here.”
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Here is a brief overview of some of the amazing work done in the city of Bradford and if you feel you could support them please get in touch:
Project SEARCH is a pre-employment programme for young adults with a learning disability. It helps them to gain meaningful work experience in a large hospital setting. Originating in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996, the Project SEARCH model has grown to over 500 sites across the United States and rest of the world. Bradford Project SEARCH is a year long programme, based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals. The goal of Project SEARCH is to support our interns to gain the skills to find paid employment.
Project SEARCH Bradford operates over an academic year. Interns begin on the Project in September, and continue on the programme until the following July.
Each term interns undertake a new “rotation” or work placement, gaining a total of around 900 hours work experience over the course of the year. Each rotation builds on the skills developed in the previous role, to help our interns move towards paid employment.
Alongside their rotations, interns complete an employability skills qualification.
Project SEARCH Bradford has an employment success rate of between 60 and 70%, compared to a national average of less than 6% of people with learning disabilities being in employment.
Visit our website for more information: http://projectsearchbradford.org.uk/
Ian Brewer – Financial Inclusion Development Officer ([email protected])
Ian is funded by Bradford Council to promote Financial Inclusion through the work for the Bradford District Credit Union (BDCU).
BDCU is on a mission to get Bradford saving by offering adult, child and youth accounts a community bank where over 6000 local people save and borrow in a safe & ethical environment.
We are ‘Faith Friendly’ as we don’t pay interest on savings but rather pay back the surplus of the company to members to allow people for all faiths to save with us.
As well as a pre-paid debit card designed with Universal Credit in mind by allowing wages and benefits to be divided up into virtual ‘jam jars’ to help people budget.
Ian has a community development as well as banking background and seeks partners to promote the following:
1) Jargon Buster Workshops – a hour long workshop to prevent people falling into common pitfalls by explaining common lending and banking terms, ending with an introduction to the Credit Union.
2) Payroll Savings Employers – for employers who want to promote financial well-being by encouraging staff to save directly into a Credit Union account through payroll deduction, we do all the work and Ian will do staff presentations.
3) Funding collaborations – Ian can provide free consultation to add a Financial Inclusion element into your funding bid to promote the Credit Union that funders will find unique.
E4 is a work based training initiative offering print and design work in a supported employment environment for adults with learning disabilities. We provide flyers, folders, banners, posters, booklets and mailings. E4 specialises in charity and community work and it’s not for profit pricing model means it can save on costs. We can even offer support for community projects by offering print in return for you running special session or events for the people which attend E4.
Contact Tom Armstrong for more details. [email protected]
E4 is part of Hft specialist services in the Bradford area.
Optimism for Autism
Optimism for Autism has now formally come under the Neesie Brand and currently has the participation of 70 families from across the district. The innovative backdrop to this Autism Awareness Group is the way in which it supports- not just the parents, but the siblings of children either fully diagnosed or on the Autism spectrum. We do this by way of coffee mornings with parents & families to share best practices between the families; learning and adapting to meet the needs of the autistic child(ren).
Granted, Neesie as an organisation, facilitating prosperity for women with children is no expert in the field of Autism, nevertheless, Optimism for Autism is a parent led group co-founded by a Neesie mum who has first hand experience as a parent of an autistic child. We also ensure that all partners and advisors to this specialist group have the expertise and knowledge of how to further best support all the beneficiaries of this group.
The Diana Award
The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world.
The Diana Award are currently looking for business volunteers to get involved in a new Mentoring project in Bradford. It’s an 18 hour group employer programme delivered to disengaged year 8 – 10 students in Bradford.
We group young people with volunteers from the world of work who can support them to implement a campaign or social action project, as well as give them an insight into the business world and careers skills training.
The mentoring occurs fortnightly and is face-to-face within 12 group sessions, facilitated by Diana Award youth facilitators.
The only requirement is that you are in employment we welcome all roles, levels and ages!
To get involved or to find out more please contact, Programme Coordinator, Danielle Gourlay.
Canterbury Imagine is a Bradford children’s book-gifting and literacy charity for the under-5s, which began on the Canterbury estate in the city.
We aim to improve literacy and life chances and provide a free book every month from birth to five years to children registered with the scheme. We do this by affiliating to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the children build up their own ‘library’ of books delivered into their homes.
We provide books for more than 800 under-5s in the Canterbury children’s centre catchment area; more than 450 in the Midland Road catchment area in Manningham; and nearly 200 for Looked After Children in the care of Bradford Council, delivered to their foster homes.
The scheme is cost-effective, as it only costs just over £2 per quality, age-appropriate book, delivered by post, addressed to the child, every month from birth to 5. £25 pays for books for one year for one child.
We work closely with the children’s centres and have made links with other organisations, to help parents to enjoy books with their children and encourage key early literacy skills and bonding.
Fountain of Hope United Kingdom
Fountain of Hope United Kingdom (FOHUK) is a new Community group/social enterprise. FOHUK provides a Forum for African immigrant men and women who are struggling to integrate. Through coaching and other activities, we empower them with skills, and information that builds on their emotional resilience with the goal of FACILITATING REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT, SOCIO-ECONOMIC INTEGRATION, INDEPENDENCE, AND EMPLOYABILITY for the building of a stronger vibrant economy. A pertinent focus of this concept is the robust consideration for holistic wellbeing.
FOHUK’s keen interest in networking with Specialist Autism Services is related to some of the people we have dealt with. FOHUK supports African Immigrant Men and Women from the ages of 20 years of age and over. They may be single, divorced or married with or without children. Some have children, siblings, and / or family members with Autism but lack knowledge of autism or how to access support and services.
SEE Ahead is a social enterprise providing business support and training for charities and other not-for-personal-profit organisations to help them to become more sustainable and achieve their social aims and objectives. We offer support to managers and trustees with strategic planning, business planning, development of income generating activities, governance reviews as well as mentoring for leaders and managers.
We also provide training and support to individuals wanting to set up their own small business – in particular those with perceived barriers to employment and for whom self-employment might be a real option.
Please contact us on 0844 870 7215 or [email protected]
Cash for Kids
Cash for Kids is the official charity of Radio Aire – Registered Charity No 1122062. Each year they support thousands of children from birth to 18 years old who are sick, disabled, underprivileged or who simply need extra care and guidance. They do this by providing grants to individual children, other children’s charities, community groups, schools and health organisations. All of the money raised locally, stays local and helps children living in Leeds and West Yorkshire.
– Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids is most well-known for Mission Christmas. In 2016 they delivered gifts to over 23,396 local children who were at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Morning.
– Their mission is to respond to the needs of children in their communities. They aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and to achieve their individual potential. Together, we can make a difference.
– For more information about Cash for Kids and the events, campaigns and children they support please visit the website www.radioaire.co.uk/cashforkids or the Facebook page ‘Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids’.
National Literacy Trust
The National Literacy Trust is the UK’s largest independent literacy charity, working to ensure that disadvantaged children in the UK have the literacy skills they need to succeed in education and in life.
In some parts of Bradford nearly half of adults (47.2%) have literacy skills lower than those expected of an 11 year old. 1 in 7 children do not have a book at home and children often start school without the spoken language skills they need to thrive in education.
We are working to meet Bradford’s significant literacy needs through the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford known as Bradford Literacy Campaign. We work with a range of partners to improve literacy levels in the city and promote reading, writing, speaking and listening.
We are in the process of launching two new initiatives due to funding from Morrison’s Foundation. The first is Literacy Champions where we are recruiting volunteers who want to promote literacy in their community across Bradford. They will do this in many different ways depending on who they are, the communities they are living in and working with. We will work with community based partners to develop programmes based on community need and the ideas Literacy Champions generate after receiving training.
The second is the Schools Reading Pledge where all schools in Bradford are invited to sign the BRADFORD Reading Pledge and undertake these ten actions to put reading at the heart of school strategy,
community engagement and the classroom.
To find out more about our new Bradford programmes please contact Claire Drake [email protected]
Wrose Adventurers is an association set up for young people aged between 11 and 25, with Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism. We are a small and friendly group, based at Highcroft Youth Centre in Wrose, Shipley. Our members come from all over the Bradford District, to have fun, play games and socialise.
We meet on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm when members can socialise in a safe setting and join in activities such as pool, arts crafts, board games or just chill and listen to music and use laptops. We also organise occasional trips to bowling, laserzone and to eat out at local restaurants. Our group exists to relieve stress and advance the education, social and mental wellbeing of young adults with autism and related conditions and their families and carers.
For more information to join or volunteer please contact the Coordinator, Claire Drake Email:[email protected] Mobile: 0778 655 1834