Lots of people in Bradford District are Active Citizens and give up their free time to improve things. The contributions they make are valuable and make a real difference to people’s lives. On this page, you can learn about some of these amazing people.
Every other Saturday afternoon children play at this community centre in Bingley with their non-resident parent or grandparent. Volunteers are there to make visitors feel welcome, to make refreshments and to supervise the activity. Without this support many children would not get to see their non-resident parent as often, as these visits have to be supervised. At the time of approaching the volunteer centre in Bradford the group was really struggling to find volunteers and feared closure.
The Volunteer Centre provided advice and support on volunteering policies, marketing and recruiting volunteers as well as on Disclosure and Barring Service checks. After support from the Volunteering Bradford the group has now recruited enough volunteers not only to keep its current provision but also provide an additional session. Ann Scott the coordinator of the scheme said “I am really grateful for the support of the Volunteer Centre, within three hours of the advert going live we had several enquiries and three new volunteers have started with others in the pipeline. We are able now to extend our sessions.”
Staff from the Cleckheaton based healthcare company Drive DeVilbiss rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into a day’s work which was somewhat different to their normal routine. They undertook three simultaneous volunteer projects in one amazing local Bradford community organisation – Windhill Community Centre. It is the first time ever that this has been done simultaneously by volunteers from a commercial company in the Bradford District.
The Little Ducklings Nursery had a makeover reflecting the name of this facility for the under 5s. An accessible raised flowerbed was created for local residents to grow herbs and other edibles for the community cafe. And a wonderful inter-generational tea party was held for the centre’s oldest and youngest users with cakes baked by the volunteers. There was even a guest appearance by The Great British Bake-Off contestant, Sandy Docherty who judged the home-made cakes. It was an amazing day and a huge achievement for the staff. Commenting on Drive DeVilbiss, Bradford Volunteer Centre spokesperson Dave Forrest, Director said: “Drive DeVilbiss’s commitment to helping staff to volunteer not only provides a great way of team building but also of learning at first-hand about what is really going on in our community at a grass roots level.”