Scholemoor Beacon provides a range of services and support to local residents in Scholemoor estate, an area with levels of high deprivation in Bradford and the surrounding areas. Their aims are:
- To help those suffering disadvantage and hardship due to economic deprivation.
- To help those in need of support around education, training, employment and enterprise
The centre provide a range of activities directly including children’s club, bingo, wellbeing cafe and sporting activities including football, dance, cricket, boxercise and women only exercise class. They work in partnership with other organisations including Bradford Council Youth Service and Play team, Creative Support, South Bradford advice service, community payback and Incommunities.
Working in this way they are able to offer services and support around welfare benefit and debt advice, groups for children and young people and one-to-one work with young people. Coffee morning for over 55’s and support to keep the centre and grounds tidy and maintained.
Scholemoor Beacon Good Neighbour Funding
Provident has been working in partnership with Scholemoor Beacon since 2004 when 250 head office employees took part in a team challenge on the Scholemoor estate. The five-day challenge was to clear the stadium site and put in place measures to prevent vehicular access, including bollards and gates with an immediate and lasting impact on fly-tipping, joyriding and arson.
Since the initial team challenge, Provident has continued to work with the residents and community association, Scholemoor Beacon, in many ways, including:
- Part funding a Community Neighbourhood Worker to introduce new activities on the estate including keep fit, healthy eating workshops and a ‘Work where you live’ programme giving CV writing and interview techniques to the unemployed and low paid on the estate.
- The creation of an IT suite in the community centre.
- Pantomime visits, Christmas parties, hamper and Easter egg donations for residents on the estate.
- Providing funding which allows young people to take part in coaching sessions such as football, cookery courses.
- Introducing the project to One in a Million, one of our other community partners in Bradford, who provide cricket coaching and music sessions to young people in the area.
- Providing trips to Bradford City FC for the young people to watch home games