Bradford East is experiencing a notable uplift as it forges ahead in providing essential support to its residents, marking a significant milestone one year into the implementation of its Locality Plan.

Launched in November 2022 under the ‘Strengthening Locality Working’ initiative, the Bradford East Locality Plan 2022-25 is making considerable strides. Developed by The Neighbourhood Service and collaborating agencies, individual plans for the district’s five constituencies were meticulously crafted last year. Each plan is finely tuned to address the distinctive profiles, strengths, and challenges unique to its corresponding area.

A comprehensive report, slated for presentation to Bradford Council’s Executive on March 5, meticulously outlines the advancements achieved through collaborative efforts. The joint endeavours of Neighbourhood Support Services, partner organizations, voluntary and community groups, and residents have yielded numerous success stories.

Initiatives combating anti-social behaviour have sprouted across the constituency. Notably, a partnership between Neighbourhood and Community Services, West Yorkshire Police, and Bradford City Football Foundation has birthed weekly Premier League Kicks sessions for youth in the St Stephens Road area of Little Horton. These Friday evening sessions at Newby Primary School have engaged over 20 young men, offering a positive outlet for their energy.

Addressing women’s health, a pivotal concern in Bradford East, has been prioritized, given the lower life expectancy of females compared to the district average. The Bradford East Area Team, in collaboration with other services, has fostered improvement in women’s health outcomes. This includes backing women-only health groups and events like a cultural ball, sponsored events that unite women from diverse backgrounds in music, dance, food, and fashion. The ‘Girls Can’ project, a collaboration between Bradford City Community Foundation, Youth Services, Neighbourhood and Community Services, and Carlton Bolling School, aims to increase female participation in sports.

Community hubs have emerged as vital conduits, uniting people, guiding them to support services, and facilitating access to training and education. The Laisterdyke Hub, for instance, serves as a haven for refugees and asylum seekers, providing guidance, sustenance, and a welcoming environment.

Noteworthy efforts have been extended to seldom heard communities, such as the Gambian community, where outreach work and community activities have birthed a Gambian Ladies’ Group. Laisterdyke Hub offers diverse family-oriented classes, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and exercise classes.

The Laisterdyke Hub has also been an accessible resource for the Mary Street site’s traveller community, offering weekly youth sessions for those not engaged in formal education. Positive impacts are also evident in hubs at Beech Grove, Peel Park, and Ravenscliffe.

Green spaces and sustainability have not been neglected, with various projects underway. Initiatives like Bradford East in Bloom include garden competitions and revitalization of derelict land, transforming an East Bowling fly-tipping hotspot into a thriving community garden. Recycling efforts involve repurposing donated wood into planters for Barkerend Primary School and refurbishing bikes at Bradford Moor PASS, with the aim of distributing them to children and young people.

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Services, said: “There are so many success stories here which underline how tailoring plans for each of our very distinct areas and their different needs can successfully transform lives. This is all a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Councillors, Neighbourhood Support Services and partner organisations. I look forward to hearing about what else will be achieved over the next 12 months.”