A gathering next week will applaud the success of initiatives aimed at supporting communities in the Shipley area. Bradford councillors are set to receive updates on ongoing support for Shipley communities by the Council and its partners. The Shipley Locality Plan 2022-25 progress report will be presented to the Council’s Executive Committee on Tuesday, 5 December.

Initiated at the beginning of 2023, the plan was designed to ensure that Shipley communities receive appropriate support and services. Forming a component of the ‘Strengthening Locality Working’ programme, the Neighbourhood Service collaborates with partner agencies in each of the district’s five constituency areas.

The forthcoming meeting will spotlight advancements in all priorities, including noteworthy projects such as:

1. The establishment of an LGBTQ+ Youth Group in Shipley, providing a safe space for local young people. This initiative addresses the expressed need for an LGBTQ+ youth-inclusive space, voiced by young individuals currently utilizing Bradford Youth Service provision. The result has been increased self-esteem, diminished feelings of isolation, and enhanced mental well-being.

2. Introduction of new schemes, including a ‘Friendship group’ at Windhill Community Centre and Bingley Canalside Health Centre. These initiatives offer opportunities for those who may feel isolated and lonely to gather in a secure setting outside their homes.

3. Efforts to boost biodiversity in local green spaces and parks, coupled with the creation of natural wildflower areas.

4. The Shipley Towns Fund’s impact, with 21 jobs generated and nearly £138,000 in grant funding provided to new and existing businesses. Completed refurbishments for an enterprise hub and ongoing construction for a sustainable community hub signify progress.

Shipley Area Committee Chair Cllr Marcus Dearden, said: “The Shipley area is a vibrant, friendly and lively place to live. It is great to see some real progress being made on this plan and see how the important work happening in neighbourhoods is continuing with partners to improve the lives of local people.”

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Portfolio for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “These locality plans provide us with a framework to better support individuals, families and communities across the district. It’s great to see the updates and the amount of work taking place to help the residents of the Shipley area.”

The plan’s priorities align with the council’s six District Priority Outcomes for 2021-25, focusing on areas such as education, housing, health, community safety, and sustainability.