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Bradford YMCA Project of Shaping Spaces

Bradford YMCA is looking forward to help more young people tackle loneliness and improve emotional health and well being by going green. This Project is funded through the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, delivered by the Co-op Foundation.

Bradford based YMCA, is set to extend its Shaping Spaces project, after being awarded fund tackling youth loneliness.

The charity, which runs from the YMCA Culture Fusion building will work with a steering group of young people aged 16-25 who are not in education, employment or training to create, pilot and then run the extended project.

The project is expected to offer small group sessions such as physical activity in greenspaces ‘green exercise’, horticulture activities including gardening and tree planting and community social action projects.

For more details please read this post by Telegraph and Argus. 

Posted by YMCA Admin & Marketing Team on Monday, 14 January @ 14:53

Looking To Work With Bradford YMCA? We Are Hiring!

Are you looking to work with BradfordYMCA? We currently have two vacancies available. Closing date for these roles is Monday 21st January 2019 by 9.00am.

Maintenance Operative: 24-30 hours £18,020 FTE

 To provide key holding and maintenance duties (preventative and reactive) to ensure the effective, efficient and safe operation and repairs of the YMCA Culture Fusion premises.

Caretaker:  24-30 hours per week £8.00 per hour

To provide caretaking and general maintenance duties to ensure the effective, efficient and safe operation of the YMCA Culture Fusion premises.  To work alongside the Front of House Team to deliver excellent customer service to tenants and customers.

For more details on how to apply for these jobs please follow the link here.

Please note, that due to the high volume of applications which we are currently receiving, we are only able to contact candidates who are successful in progressing to the next stage. If you have not been contacted within 5 working days of the closing date, then please presume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

Posted by YMCA Admin & Marketing Team on Monday, 14 January @ 14:29

We are recruiting!


If you are looking for a meaningful job, a caring, progressive work environment and an opportunity to reach your fullest potential, consider a career with the YMCA.

Job Purpose

We are looking to appoint a dynamic individual to join our Children and Young People’s team to deliver one2one key work and small group work as part of an Intensive Youth Support/Families First Programme.

The target group will include those in need of targeted early help intervention including those engaged in, or at risk of engaging in, antisocial behaviour, children and young people who are not attending school regularly or are disruptive in school, children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Posted by Bradford YMCA Admin on Tuesday, 29 May @ 9:52

Junior SAFEMARK 2017

METRO Students
METRO Students

In May 2017 we started delivering Junior SAFEMARK transition workshops to Year-6 pupils about to move up to secondary school, Junior SAFEMARK workshops provide 11 year-olds with the skills and confidence to use public transport. At this stage in their life many young people experience public transport for the first time as they travel to their new school, or become more independent in their free time. Junior SAFEMARK workshops taught them how to read timetables, plan journeys and how to behave safely when travelling. In total we delivered 82 SAFEMARK workshops and supported 2644 children to improve their safety whilst travelling on public transport and feel more confident in their transition to secondary school.

Posted by Bradford YMCA Admin on Monday, 24 July @ 9:38

YMCA NCS Programme – October half term!

Are you 16-17 and looking for something to do this October?  Why not join our NCS programme…

Residential  – 23rd – 26th October 2016: A four day, three-night residential based at YMCA Lakeside with fun activities such as raft building, climbing and abseiling. A chance to meet new people and enjoy some adventure, fun and freedom!
YMCA – 27th – 29th October 2016: A further three days back at the YMCA where you’ll develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication out in the local community including outdoor activities.
Social Action project (30 hours evenings and weekends to suit the team) You’ll put your new skills into practice by delivering a community project of your choice. You won’t believe the transformation a few days can make!
Best of all, it’s free to participate! 





Posted by Bradford YMCA Admin on Monday, 26 September @ 16:45



Bradford YMCA has two exciting courses starting soon that might be for you:

Shaping Spaces

Our new Shaping Spaces programme starts this month. It is a 2 day a week free course (3 days if you would like to do more) lasting for 12 weeks.

Is this for you?
You will gain new skills
Access new opportunities
Build your confidence
Be involved in practical outdoor work

The course provides a stepping stone into training and /or employment. You will be working on land based projects around Bradford alongside experienced professionals
Qualifications & Training: There is the opportunity to be accredited for the practical skills gained through a Level 1 qualification in Horticulture

Are you 16 – 25 (we also welcome enquiries up to age 34)
Resident in Bradford District
Keen to work outdoors
Not in education, employment or training?
This could be for you!

The programme is due to start Wednesday 13th January 2016 and lasts for 12 weeks.
Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.30am – 3.30pm. Fridays attendance is offered for those who wish to do additional voluntary hours.

Contact Rob Ashford or Rachel Deadman on 01274 371305 or email

Prince’s Trust Team

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a FREE 12 week personal development course for young people aged 16 – 25. The course is free and you will gain a qualification at the end of the 12 weeks.


The Prince’s Trust Team programme is run by Bradford YMCA at the Culture Fusion building on Thornton Road, Bradford. Team is based at Culture Fusion but you will be out and about in the community too!

Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 10am – 4pm

Contact Jessica Mitchell on 01274 307228 or email

Posted by Bradford YMCA Admin on Thursday, 7 January @ 17:56

Uncertain Futures – YMCA report on proposed housing benefits cuts

Uncertain Futures

New YMCA research released shines a light on the potential impact Housing Benefit cuts could have on young people all over England. Watch YMCA England Director of Policy, Jason Stacey, having his say on our Uncertain Futures report here and share with your friends: #UncertainFutures

Thousands of vulnerable young people are at risk of becoming homeless if automatic entitlement to Housing Benefit is removed for all 18 to 21-year-olds, according to our new research. This could leave them all with #UncertainFutures. Please watch this video to see what our young people, Sam and Romario, say about Housing Benefit cuts and share it with your friends, colleagues and followers. Help us raise awareness today:

Posted by Bradford YMCA Admin on Wednesday, 5 August @ 10:20

Reaching Communities Funding


Greening Communities

Good news for the YMCA and BEES team, we have been awarded Reaching Communities funding from the Big Lottery to run a three year project called Greening Communities.

The Greening Communities project aims to engage disadvantaged young people in transforming physical aspects of their own neighbourhoods, while equipping them with accredited practical skills which provide a stepping stone into training and/or employment.

The project will start on the 1st August 2015, if you would like any more information please contact a member of the BEES team on 01274 371303

Posted by Bradford YMCA Admin on Friday, 26 June @ 11:32

Tea Hut @ Bradford Bulls Sunday 28th June 2015


Lynne Cunningham and her Camouflage Crew group will be taking the YMCA Pop Up Tea Hut stand to Armed Forces day at Bradford Bulls on Sunday 28th June.

In aid of The Royal British Legion, on Sunday June 28, from 3.00pm, you will be able to enjoy an action-packed afternoon of entertainment at Bradford Bulls Provident Stadium.
The Armed Forces will take over the Provident Stadium, bringing in everything from shooting ranges and climbing walls to military dogs!
There will be the opportunity to take aim and face army-styled challenges throughout the course of the day, before taking in a Great Britain Armed Forces ladies game.

Prior to the game’s start – which will be marked by canon fire – a military fly-by will take place before a pause for a minute’s silence.

If you are attending the event make sure to visit the YMCA stand and say hello!

Posted by Bradford YMCA Admin on Friday, 26 June @ 11:24

The Tea Hut’s First Outing!

Tea Hut at AFD 2014

On Saturday 28th June our Tea Hut had its first outing at Armed Forces Day in City Park in the centre of Bradford. Over 300 hot drinks were served; a good number but not as much as the 2,000,000 hot drinks served weekly in YMCA Tea Huts during World War One!

The Tea Hut had its second outing at the Yorkshire Wartime Experience on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July, serving 450 hot drinks and sharing the message of the YMCA’s work during World War One to many of the approximately 10,000 visitors to the event.

The building of the Tea Hut was a collaborative effort between Bradford YMCA and Carlton Bolling College, with young people from local group Camouflage Crew helping to run the Tea Hut along with staff and volunteers.

Dave West, CEO of Bradford YMCA, said: “Bradford YMCA’s Tea Hut project proved a great success and was very popular with visitors to the Armed Forces Day event on Saturday 28th June. It showcased one of the YMCA’s roles during WW1 and demonstrated our continuing role supporting and involving young people in Bradford.”

The Tea Hut will be having yet another outing, this time to Undercliffe Cemetery on Friday 11th June, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm and Saturday 12th June, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Come along for a cup of tea, or if you’d like to help out at the event please email For more information on the event please visit

The YMCA was the largest non-military organisation involved in the War effort, providing shelter and home comforts from the home front to the front line. The aim of the Tea Hut, part of our Tea and Remembrance project, is to raise awareness and commemorate this great history. For more information on this project please visit This project has been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund –

Posted by Admin on Tuesday, 8 July @ 12:25

» Bradford YMCA Project of Shaping Spaces

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» Looking To Work With Bradford YMCA? We Are Hiring!

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» We are recruiting!

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» Junior SAFEMARK 2017

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» YMCA NCS Programme – October half term!

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» Uncertain Futures – YMCA report on proposed housing benefits cuts

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» Reaching Communities Funding

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» Tea Hut @ Bradford Bulls Sunday 28th June 2015

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» The Tea Hut’s First Outing!

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