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YMCA Bradford launching wellbeing programme in May 2019

In May this year Bradford YMCA will be launching a wellbeing programme called Shaping Spaces. If you are working with any young people that you think may benefit we are currently recruiting and would love to hear from you. We are also able to welcome new members at any time over the coming year so please do keep this information and share with individuals or organisations that you think may be interested. If you would like to know more or would like to refer a young person please contact Rachel Deadman – rachel.deadman@bradfordymca.org.uk

Funded by ‘Building Connections’ (a partnership between the Co-op Foundation and the Government) our wellbeing programme is for 16–25 year old who feel, or are at risk of becoming, anxious, down or alone. Each Wednesday we will go out and enjoy time together in some of Bradford’s beautiful green spaces. On Thursdays we will meet indoors to reflect on the experience of the day before and run small group sessions and one-to-ones focusing on relevant issues and topics such as how to build positive relationships, goals for the future and life-skills. We aim to support participants to build new friendships, increase their confidence and self-esteem, improve their wellbeing and gain tools to enable them to stay healthy after the programme.

 

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The project will be particularly beneficial to young people who spend a lot of time indoors and feel a lack of connection to their community. It’s a complicated time to be growing up and the City of Bradford can feel busy, grey and overwhelming. We are offering the chance to step out into green spaces to strengthen a relationship with nature, ourselves and each other, and to provide a space of calm for tired minds. The programme has been co-designed with a steering group of young people and activities to date have included tree planting, lighting and cooking on a fire and guided mindfulness walks. We work alongside Bradford Environmental Education Service so have the opportunity to work with community groups on various conservation projects.

Our aim is that this new project will complement and enhance the other excellent youth provision in Bradford. It will also be part of a research project into youth loneliness and ways of helping young people who are experiencing loneliness. If you have any comments or questions please do get in touch, we want to make this work in the most positive way for all involved, including referral partners.

Key Info

Programme dates: May 2019 – Dec 2020

Length of participation: 4 months

Contact days: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 3pm

Venue: Culture Fusion, 125 Thornton Road, BD1 2EP (trips out on Wednesdays)

Group Size: up to 10

Cost: free, reasonable travel expenses can be refunded each day

Supported by Co-op Foundation and government through the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

If you would like to know more or would like to refer a young person please contact Rachel Deadman – rachel.deadman@bradfordymca.org.uk

Posted by YMCA Admin & Marketing Team on Tuesday, 30 April @ 13:59

Upcoming Field Trips By YMCA Bradford BEES

 

   BEES WILDLIFE FIELD VISIT PROGRAMME May – June 2019

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Tuesday 7th May 2019

Nidd Valley, near Knaresborough

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This walk will cross fields, woodland and riverside.There are some short sections where the paths are a little steep and sections could be muddy. The walk will be no longer than 3 miles. We will see spring flowers and summer migrant birds.

Leaders; Eric Beety and John Gavaghan

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £8

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Tuesday 14th May

Rougemont Carr and Weeton Lane near Pool in Wharfedale

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We will enjoy this pleasant walk down a country lane and across fields leading to a bluebell woodland situated on the site of an Anglo –Saxon castle. Our starting point will be the car park of Weeton church (Map ref SE 284 465). Plants to look out for are false oxlip, primrose, toothwort, leopardsbane, wood stitchwort and fiddleneck. Birds to spot are red kite and yellowhammer. An easy walk of approx. 3 miles. Toilet and cafe facilities available.

Leaders: Margaret Rees and Marilyn Barber

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7

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Tuesday 21st May

Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford

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Bradford Cemetery Company went out of business in 1975 and the cemetery reverted to a more natural state. Today it is a mixture of maintained areas and sections that have been left as wildlife habitats providing a vital haven for both flora and fauna. Walking will be on good paths with some exploration of the more overgrown areas. Distance no more than 2 miles.

Leaders: Sally Tetlow

No minibus transport; Cost £3. Meet at The Lodge on Undercliffe Lane at 10.15 am. 645 bus from Market Street.

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Tuesday 28th May

Askham Bog YWT and Bolton Percy Station, near York

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On route we shall pay a short visit to a small grassland and shrub reserve beside the station at nearby Bolton Percy. Askham Bog, Yorkshire’s oldest nature reserve, on the outskirts of York has base-rich soil with a great diversity of plants, birds and insects, and never disappoints. Let’s visit again before there are adverse effects from the proposed development in the area.

Leader: Alice Gingell and Sue Norvill

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £9

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Tuesday 4 th June

Allerthorpe Common YWT, East Yorkshire (near Pocklington)

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The acid soil here has a variety of habitats supporting a wide range of organisms. Not only is there a wealth of invertebrates but also adders, lizards and palmate newts. Birds include woodlark, woodpeckers and woodcock. With a volunteer guide we may see the nationally rare May Lily. A short visit to nearby Calley Heath to look for Shepherd’s Cress, a Yorkshire rarity, may be possible.

Co-ordinator; Alice Gingell Walk leader; Jonathan Proud (YWT volunteer)

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £9

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Tuesday 11th June

Bishop Wood near Selby

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This is ancient woodland with wide rides and plenty of botanical interest. It lies to the east of the village of Biggin and has not previously been visited by BEES group. It is one of only two sites in Yorkshire where the nationally rare day-flying Argent & Sable Moth can be seen. The plan is to park at Park Nook CP & explore the north eastern section of the woodland. Birdlife is said to include Crossbills which favour the coniferous plantations. The terrain is flat & walking is therefore easy. Strong footwear is advisable as there are a few short muddy sections. There are toilet facilities at Ferrybridge Service Station

Leaders; John Gavaghan & Sally Tetlow

Minibus transport, depart, Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £9

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Tuesday 11th June

Bishop Wood near Selby

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This is ancient woodland with wide rides and plenty of botanical interest. It lies to the east of the village of Biggin and has not previously been visited by BEES group. It is one of only two sites in Yorkshire where the nationally rare day-flying Argent & Sable Moth can be seen. The plan is to park at Park Nook CP & explore the north eastern section of the woodland. Birdlife is said to include Crossbills which favour the coniferous plantations. The terrain is flat & walking is therefore easy. Strong footwear is advisable as there are a few short muddy sections. There are toilet facilities at Ferrybridge Service Station

Leaders; John Gavaghan & Sally Tetlow

Minibus transport, depart, Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £9

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Tuesday 18th June

Ashes Pasture, near Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales.

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We made a brief visit to this YWT site in Ribblesdale last summer. We are returning today with more time to explore both the main pasture and upland hay meadow and the recently acquired adjacent fields. A range of orchids grow amongst other grassland species. There aren’t any paths around the reserve so we need to tread carefully to avoid the flowering plants. Some areas can be damp. If we wish to visit another site, Brae Pasture is not far away. Toilets stops on route.

Leaders: Julia Pearson and Amanda Smith

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £10 There will be pick-ups along Branch-Keighley route

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Tuesday 25th June

Strensall Common, just north of York

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This lies to the east of the village of Strensall which is just a few miles north of York. We last visited on 20th Aug 2013 when we surveyed the section to the west of the railway track. This time we intend covering the north-easterly portion where it is hoped we may catch sight of the extremely rare Dark-bordered Beauty moth at its only English location. Birds on site in June include Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit and Woodlark. There is botanical, butterfly and dragonfly interest on this large area of SSSI lowland heathland. Walking boots strongly recommended as the site can be very wet, some sections even waterlogged, after heavy rains.

Leader: John Gavaghan

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £9

Posted by YMCA Admin & Marketing Team on Thursday, 28 March @ 9:52

YMCA Bradford Preventing Youth Crime

Bradford is one of 21 Local Authority Areas to receive funding through the Troubled Families programme for tackling youth crime. This fund will bring together VCS keyworkers, police, targeted Early Help, community groups, teachers and other professionals to intervene earlier to help stop young people from becoming drawn into crime, serious violence and entering the youth justice system.

This locality based model is an extension of the existing VCS Families First partnership in Bradford comprising of Barnardo’s, Brathay Trust, JAMES and YMCA Bradford. We are currently recruiting for staff to help us deliver this important work. You can visit our recent vacancies here. 

Posted by YMCA Admin & Marketing Team on Thursday, 14 March @ 13:08

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!

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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.

http://bradfordymca.org.uk/about-us/vacancies-volunteering/

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

Junior SAFEMARK 2017

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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! 

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

ARE YOU AGED 16-25 AND NOT IN EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION OR TRAINING? Then read on…

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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 rob.ashford@bradfordymca.org.uk

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.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

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!

STARTING MONDAY 25th JANUARY
Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 10am – 4pm

Contact Jessica Mitchell on 01274 307228 or email jessica.mutchell@bradfordymca.org.uk

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

Uncertain Futures – YMCA report on proposed housing benefits cuts

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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: http://bit.ly/1MHNdfp #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: http://bit.ly/1Dn4EPo

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