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winter booklet

Winter support and advice in our district

We know that people across the Bradford District may need help, support and advice in the coming winter months. In response, we have worked with Bradford Council, Race Equality Network and Act as One, to put together this really useful winter booklet. It contains information and contacts for services that may be of help to you or a family member during the winter period. 

Some of the main concerns we’ve covered in the support and advice booklet are: 

  • NHS key messages, including healthcare and vaccinations
  • Mental health, including anxiety and depression, grief and loss, and crisis
  • Keeping safe and warm this winter
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Food and fuel poverty
  • Finances, bills and employment support
  • Volunteering

If you would like a copy of the winter booklet, here are your options: 

Here you can listen to our audio version of the Winter Booklet, making it even easier for you to get the support you or someone you know, may need.

The wording in this publication can be made available in other formats such as large print, Braille and other languages. Please call 01274 431000. 

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What is Help to Grow Digital?

Help to Grow: Digital is a UK-wide government-backed scheme that aims to help you choose, buy and adopt digital technologies that will help you grow your business. 

The Help to Grow: Digital scheme offers your business: 

  • Free, impartial advice and guidance about what digital technology is best suited to your business and how it can boost your business’ performance 
  • Targeted financial support, if your business is eligible, worth up to £5,000 towards the costs of buying approved digital technologies

What support can I access through Help to Grow: Digital?

The Help to Grow: Digital website provides you with free, impartial advice, guidance, and tools, to explore the huge potential digital technology has to help your business to grow. Designed with industry and independent experts, we will keep adding to the advice and guidance available here.

Take the first step and get help to: 

  • identify the digital technology needs of your business 
  • make informed decisions about which software products best meet those needs 
  • successfully incorporate these products into your business 

Help to Grow: Digital also offers you financial help to buy digital technology. If you are eligible, you can access a discount of up to 50% on the costs of buying approved software, worth up to £5,000, on the Help to Grow: Digital website. 

Discounts will be available for approved software that helps your business to: 

  • build customer relationships and increase sales 
  • manage accounts and finances digitally 

Additional software products, including e-Commerce software, are expected to become available for Help to Grow: Digital discounts soon.

To discover more about the Help to grow: Digital scheme, please visit: https://www.learn-to-grow-your-business.service.gov.uk/about

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Could you build our database?

Community Action Bradford & District recently led a successful consortium bid for the provision of infrastructure support in Bradford District and Craven. As part of this consortium bid, we are seeking to procure a database build and integrated website to underpin the commissioned work.

The contract will be awarded to a single supplier. To download the tender specification please click here. Anyone interested in applying who would value a more detailed conversation with our team can contact Emma Webster at emma@cabad.org.uk to arrange this. Could you build our database?

Published: 13th January 2022

Closing date: 26th January 2022

Closing time: 12:00 noon

Contract awarded: 28th January 2022

Awarding organisation: Community Action Bradford & District on behalf of Here 4 BDCC

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Coaching for Wellbeing – Offer 2022

Coaching for Wellbeing. Offer 2022 – Targeting Staff and Volunteers from Minority Ethnic Communities and the Voluntary or Third Sector.

Following the success and positive feedback received from this programme throughout 2021 the Bradford and District CCG – Mental wellbeing hub, are looking to deliver a further two training blocks and expand the offer to include coaching skills for whole teams. They know that currently the voluntary sector and staff from minority ethnic communities are underrepresented within coaching they are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals and teams that come from these sectors and backgrounds or work with people in these settings.

Individual Coaching Skills training.

Most of us use coaching skills and approaches every day. Growing evidence suggests effective coaching skills contribute to personal well-being, innovation, care outcomes, team working and leadership effectiveness. Despite pressures and constraints in the care sector investment in coaching has grown reflecting the value of more person-centred approaches that create ownership, engagement and meaningful accomplishment. During the pandemic staff and volunteers accessing coaching have demonstrated maintenance or improvements in wellbeing compared to those who have not. The sessions are open to all staff and volunteers and are designed to help participants improve their use of coaching skills in everyday conversations that matter. As part of the training you will have the opportunity to engage in a 1-to-1 coaching session arranged at a mutually convenient time.

To Apply

No previous coaching experience is required and the courses are open to all grades, roles and volunteer groups

Individual Applicants (must be able to attend all 4 sessions).

Cohort 3: 14th Feb am, 2nd Feb am, 1st March pm, 7th March am

Cohort 4: 14th, 21st, 28th March and 4th April – all am

Deadline 30th January – where possible we will allocate on a first come basis.

Please email – bdcccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.netWith: Name, contact details, organisation, cohort preference and ethnicity (if willing to disclose – this will allow us to target places).

Team Coaching Offer.

The Bradford and District CCG also recognise it can be extremely beneficial to take a whole team approach to enable teams to think and grow together. Effective team working is a journey not a destination and it’s a journey worth investing in. Effective teams deliver better and safer care, they adapt to change. Their members are valued for their contribution and experience higher levels of wellbeing. The context of a pandemic creates additional challenges for teams and their members including virtual working, boundary management, communication and decision making. Team members face risks of reduced wellbeing, resilience and burnout. The programme offers bespoke support to individual teams that includes the following:

  • Working with team leaders to understand the team’s context and needs.
  • Design of a bespoke skills training for the team.
  • Up to 3 half day skills sessions for team members

To Apply

Team Applications Deadline: 15th April

Selection: by 29th April Delivery: June -August 2022.

Please send Expressions of Interest to bdcccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.net

The capacity to work with teams is limited and therefore invite expressions of interest from teams wishing to access this offer. The capacity will be prioritised to support teams who demonstrate:- A context and challenges facing the team- Commitment to team development beyond this work.- Tangible benefits to the teams wellbeing inclusion and performance.- Commitment to work with us to evaluate the work and share learning.

Please include the following information in your EOI:

Contact Information:

Organisation Team Team leader (name and email).

Team Context and Challenges:

Give a brief introduction to the team. What is its purpose? Its membership? The development of the team to date and its challenges moving forward.

Goals for this work

Tell us how coaching skills and approaches would support the team. What benefit should this work achieve? For further information about either of the offers please contact Kerry Hinsby (Clinical Lead, Staff Wellbeing Hub) on bdcccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.net

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Language Development Workers

BHT Early Education and Training are looking to appoint Language Development Workers.

Salary: Starting salary £19,000 as a ‘Trainee LDW’. (Must pass 6 month probation period) Rising to £19,541 following successful 12 months training period.

Hours: 37.5 per week (FT applicants only)


Do you have excellent communication and listening skills and enjoy working with both adults and children? BHT Early Education and Training are looking to appoint Language Development Workers to work across the Bradford District alongside our staff teams and other professionals, delivering a variety of early intervention and preventative services and activities to support young children in their language and social development within homes, Primary Schools and Early Years Settings.


Parents play a central role in our work, which is delivered in partnership with them: a strong commitment to this approach is essential. You must also be able to demonstrate commitment to the on going development of your own skills and knowledge.


You may not have previously worked in a language support role but you will undergo a full training programme during your probationary period.
You will have a minimum of a level 3 or equivalent qualification in working with children, a minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with children aged 0-5 and their families is essential, as is a full drivers licence and use of a vehicle.


These posts are funded through Better Start Bradford which is a community-led partnership programme working with families to help give children the best possible start in life. The programme covers Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton, due to the diversity of these communities we would welcome bilingual applicants.


To discuss the role in more detail please contact Rebecca Heald on 01274 470142 or to request an application pack please contact 01274 730415 or admin@bhtearlyed.org.uk


Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and must sign up to the update service, both at their own cost.


Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 21st January 2022 and Interviews will take place week commencing 31st January 2022.
This is a fixed term contract until 31st May 2024 that may be extended subject to external funding

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Trustee Pam Essler awarded British Empire Medal!

Community Action Bradford & District are celebrating the outstanding achievements of Pam Essler, a valued trustee of ours, as she is recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.


Pam Essler, a retired teacher from Keighley, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for outstanding contributions to health services. After retiring from her career in 1996, Pam used her time to concentrate on the local community, working with health services to improve experiences for patients, and addressing inequalities.


Many of you will know Pam, in one way or another. She is very well known and respected in the local voluntary sector, being a trustee for Community Action and Project 6 as well as chairing Bradford Airedale Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Keighley Healthy Living. Through the years she has supported lots of local charities and health boards with her time, skills and experience.


“I feel really humbled and privileged to have been honoured and to have my contribution recognised. I work alongside many dedicated people and organisations striving to improve outcomes in our communities. My personal challenges of navigating the health system motivated me to get involved and find ways to improve services. I am proud to have helped bring the voices and experiences of local people into decision making.”

Pam Essler BEM

“What can I say about the one and only Pam Essler? We are incredibly proud of her achievements over the years and we were delighted to learn that Pam has received this award. Pam has been an active member of the community for a long time now, and we’re truly honoured to have her on our board, providing us with her valuable experience and knowledge. Congratulations Pam!”

Dr Soo Nevison, Cheif Executive Officer of Community Action Bradford and District.

Pam Essler BEM will be presented her honour at the official ceremony, with a date yet to be announced.

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Pam Essler BEM
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Make Sure it Adds Up – Critical Thinking

The Make Sure It Adds Up campaign aims to get more people from across the Bradford District to practice and promote ‘critical thinking’ when receiving and sharing uncertain information either online, in person, or over instant messaging apps.

Critical thinking might be described as the ability to reflect and think independently. When we think critically, we’re able to safely and respectfully question ideas and assumptions rather than simply accept them.

Toolkit and Resources

As part of the campaign there is a toolkit and other resources that you can download to help you understand critical thinking and share the campaign and its messages with others. Download from: https://bradfordforeveryone.co.uk/make-sure-it-adds-up/

Campaign event

Thursday 9th December 10.00am to 12.00pm at Tapestry Arts Bradford, BD4 9NW

This will be a chance to:

· Hear more about the Anti Rumour and Critical Thinking Strategy and Make Sure It Adds Up

· Learn how you can support the campaign and sign up to support.

· Find out more about the training toolkit and how this can be used in a range of settings to learn more about critical thinking.

Visit https://bradfordforeveryone.co.uk/event/make-sure-it-adds-up-media-campaign/ to find out more.

Training for the Voluntary Sector

Community Action are organising free training for the voluntary sector This will:

· Introduce you to the topic of critical thinking

· Explore critical thinking as an alternative to myth-busting

· Understand why it is important and relevant to you as a voluntary sector organisation

· Introduce you to new tools and resources that have been devised

· Discuss how you can use these tools in your organisation (staff, volunteers and the young people and/or adults you work with)

We will be running an online training session on 18th January 2022 from 2-4pm. Book online

Job Vacancies from Bradford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Survivors Service

We are recruiting 2 women* to support our new dispersed housing project. You will be the first operational individuals appointed and you will have maximum opportunity to make an immediate impact and make a real contribution to the overall success of the project.

In conjunction with The WISH (Women in Safe Homes) Fund and working closely with Winner (Preston Road Women’s Centre of Hull) we have secured the provision of an initial 30 safe homes in the Bradford district for women and their children who have previously experienced or are currently experiencing some level of vulnerability or hardship.

The homes will be ready and available for tenancy commencement by late early autumn.

We are recruiting an experienced Housing Officer to support women on their tenancy journey. In addition we are also looking to recruit an experienced Domestic Abuse Support Worker to provide the emotional and therapeutic support to enable our clients to restart their lives in a positive and meaningful way.

Your contract of employment will be with Bradford Rape Crisis however you will be seconded to the project delivery arm of our sister organisation Daizybell Homes, who in turn will supported by our operational partner Winner.

To be successful you will be a self-starter, highly motivated and results driven. We are looking for individuals capable of working autonomously with minimum supervision and capable of delivering agreed outcomes for our client group.

Vacancy [1] Housing Officer

You will provide high quality, proactive and confidential tenant focused housing management services to enable vulnerable women escaping Domestic and Sexual Violence to maintain a confidential tenancy and achieve independent living in dispersed units of accommodation located across the Bradford district.

Vacancy [2] Domestic Abuse Support Worker

You will support women moving into safe dispersed accommodation who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse. You will provide a client led, whole family approach to emotional and practical support planning, advice and advocacy. You will play a critical role in supporting vulnerable women transition into a safe home, rebuild personal confidence, self-

esteem and develop the resilience to live independently, widen their horizons and enable

them to develop new plans for their futures.

We would love to hear from you if you believe that every woman deserves a safe and decent home in which they can reach their full potential and if you have the knowledge, skills and experience to make this project a success. We are especially keen to hear from high impact individuals that have the determination to make a significant and sustained contribution. Daizybell’s journey is just starting, our vision is bold and ambitious so if you want to be part of a dynamic team that will help change lives: this is exactly the right time to join. Both positions attract a salary of £26,000, 5% pension contributions and based on 35 hours per week. Annual holiday entitlement is 30 days and 8 days Bank Holidays. We are keen to secure the best possible staff team and would encourage those who are only able to commit to part-time hours to apply. Our aim is to promote flexibility in the work place as a sustainable workforce strategy.

To download an application pack please visit www.bradfordrapecrisis.co.uk and click on the Jobs Section.

Closing date for applications: 27th August 2021, 12 noon

Interviews will take place via Zoom Thursday 2nd September 2021

*The post holder must be female – Section 39 and Schedule 9 of the Equalities Act 2010 applies.

We recognise and welcome our responsibility to remove barriers in our recruitment and selection process for Disabled applicants. If you identify any barriers in the Job Description, Employee Specification or recruitment process please tell us of these in your application. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to the job wherever possible.

JAMES Job Vacancy

Are you looking for a part-time teaching role that’s flexible?

JAMES is a local charity supporting disadvantaged young people and families across the Bradford district. JAMES operates a small Independent School where they received ‘Good’ across the board in their most recent Ofsted inspection. They are looking for a part-time, qualified teacher to:

  • Work together with the JAMES staff team to; accelerate learning, raise the confidence and self-esteem of learners and support them to engage in and see the benefits in education
  • Develop a synchronised offer across JAMES to ensure that there is a more collective approach to teaching basic skills in English and mathematics to all pupils. Filling learners’ knowledge gaps, from previous missing education. Establishing a consistency of teaching basic skills across all areas of JAMES provision (garage and classroom). For example operating the same method of volume measurement in the classroom and the garage when changing oil in a vehicle.

It is essential that the candidate has the experience of working with learners with a range of academic abilities This role would suit a QTS who wants to:

  • have flexibility in their working week
  • make a significant difference to vulnerable young people
  • work with small groups and one to one with learners

For further information please call JAMES on 01274 483075. Please read the job description and person specification before completing your application on the standard JAMES application form.

Applications need to be returned to enquiries@jamesuk.org by Friday 20th August at 9 am and CV’s will not be accepted. Please ensure your additional information shows how you meet the requirements of the post. Late entries will not be shortlisted. Interviews are expected to take place on the morning of 25th August 2021.

Go to http://www.jas-bmep.org.uk/downloads/current-jobsvacancies/ for the application form, job info, job description and person specification and click the links.

Job Description

Person Specification

Application Form

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Join us as we launch our anti racism movement

Partners across Bradford District and Craven are coming together, with members of our communities, to show our support for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s anti racism movement. Community Action are committed to a fairer and just society. We would be delighted if you were able to join us for an informative, engaging and supportive afternoon, with the opportunity to sign the root out racism pledge. We have lots planned for the afternoon, including arts workshops and entertainment provided by local artists.

Anti racism movement poster from WYH's Root out racism campaign

August 23 1-3pm Centenary Square

If you are unable to attend we would really like your support. If you would like to sign the pledge banner to join the anti racism movement as an individual or organisation or receive copies of any local materials please email emily.farlam@bradford.gov.uk.

This really is just the start and we will be looking to work with you as we embed a culture of anti racism across our place.

About the anti racism movement

As part of a commitment to tackling racism & improving health equalities, our colleagues at the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are launching an anti racism movement in August. Co-created by over 100 minority colleagues. The movement was developed following the partnership’s review of the impact of COVID-19, and health inequalities and the disproportionate effect on ethnic minority communities & staff. If you haven’t already signed up or would like to spread the word please join this important movement. Sign up for free resources https://bit.ly/3zmxEGd #WYHRootOutRacism

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