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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
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