Strong Foundations comes from the heart. To quote Bradford’s historic and modern Coat of Arms “work conquers all” and “Progress, Industry, Humanity” we have set out to prove just that.
The City of Bradford sits some 8 miles west of Leeds and 16 miles north of Wakefield, forming part of the West Yorkshire Urban Area, a conurbation which is the fourth largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Bradford itself has over 106,000 households and is has the youngest, fastest growing population outside London. Bradford has a diverse populace:
Like many industrial cities, Bradford welcomed high numbers of immigrants to the city in the wake of World War 2. Like many of those cities though Bradford has subsequently suffered with the loss of manufacturing and other industries. Bradford has been in decline for many years suffering from de-industrialisation on a massive scale. Despite Bradford being the home of many large UK companies including the likes of Provident Financial, BASF (chemicals), NG Bailey, Seabrook Potato Crisps, Morrisons Supermarkets to name but a few, Bradford continues to suffer from some of the worst levels of social deprivation in the UK. There are widespread pockets of exclusion and some wards have unemployment rates in excess of 25%. Bradford has an infant morality rate that is double the national average, and people living in the district have a much lower life expectancy.
City of Sanctuary
Bradford was awarded “City of Sanctuary” status in November 2010. It was recognised that “a broad range of local organisations, community groups and faith communities, as well as local government are publicly committed to welcoming and including people seeking sanctuary”.
Whilst we recognise that Bradford as a whole is in need of help, we also realise that we’re only one small group (at least for now). Using our local knowledge and experience we propose to target BD1, BD7 and BD9 postcodes. There are currently a little over 86,000 people within this target population of which 42,328 are women. The areas are above the UK average in terms of social grade and deprivation as follows:
There are some alarming gender related issues within the City of Bradford including female genital mutilation, birth defects due to familial marriages, language barriers as well as cultural expectations. Our aim is to provide a safe space for
Employment Status in Target Population
Alarming reading when the UK rate of unemployment is just less than 5% not around 50% as is the case with our target population.
Perhaps this is unsurprising given the largest social grade group in all 3 postcodes of our target population is in the DE social grade comprising unskilled and semi-skilled workers. As a whole less than 20% of our target population has achieved a university level education (or equivalent vocational training). We want to provide services to help people, especially each new generation, get out of this cycle that they’re finding themselves in. Sadly many of Bradford’s youth gets stuck in a self-fulfilling prophecy where their parents didn’t work so they won’t work. We want to be able to show them there is another way and that they can better themselves and their community. Too many young people leave Bradford never to return in the process of bettering themselves, leaving Bradford a poor shell of its former self.
We have already conducted a small questionnaire aimed at our target users within our target populace and as a result we are confident that we have chosen the right area of focus for Strong Foundations and the results of that questionnaire, along with Stacey and Claire’s work with service users at the Bridge Project in Bradford, has shaped the first steps of our project plan.
Where does Strong Foundations fit in?
To explain this we must first turn to our personal histories. Strong Foundations was founded by Claire Burrows and Stacey Oakley. They are both Bradford natives and have witnessed the problems and issues faced by our community every day of our lives.
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HI, can you provide a list of criteria which the original proposal was assessed against? Then I would know what work would need to be done to get the proposal up to scratch and to meet the criteria?
Please can you explain why this proposal was not accepted? It's difficult to know which areas should be improved or receive more focus without more information. Please could you also state how long the total proposal is as you appear to have only quoted an excerpt from the piece?