St Vincent Bradford Support Centre is a community hub in BD3, offering a range of activities and support, including :
- migrant drop-in sessions
- a superstore
- 3 charity shops
- a cafe (coming soon!)
Look out for activities starting up again after Covid.
Also, at [email protected] Vincent’s, there is a free, independent and impartial advice service, with an experienced team of advisers. This is to help residents of the South Bradford Parliamentary Constituency.
National Science and Media Museum
Free Movies on the 6th Floor
Please note: From 18 March until further notice, the museum and Pictureville Cinema are temporarily closed (read the full statement).
If you have already booked tickets for an upcoming screening, we will be getting in touch. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].
You can continue to support us during our temporary period of closure by purchasing a Pictureville membership. You’ll be a member right away, but your 12 month period won’t begin until we reopen. This means that you will still get a whole year of amazing membership benefits.
Pakistan Community Centre
The site has the following facilities:
- Sports Halls – Small Hall Sports Halls Bradford
The site has a car park with 45 spaces. The type of facility is listed as Local Authority. Facilities owned by the Local Authority, to include District, Borough, County and Unitary Councils.
121 Counselling Bradford
Our waiting list is currently closed due to Covid-19 and our team are working from home offering phone or video link counselling to keep themselves and clients safe. We apologise for any delay while we move over to these new systems. Please contact us for further details.
Survivors West Yorkshire
We offer a trauma informed counselling and support service for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adult rape.
We are based in Bradford but our service is available to anyone living in West Yorkshire.
More details are available on the Survivors West Yorkshire website.
The OUR project is a quality community service for people living with, or affected by HIV or AIDS. This includes 1-2-1 support, support groups and courses, for people in the Bradford and Airedale district.
Advice and Support: We offer advice, information and support on HIV testing and pre-testing support.
HIV Positive: Community project working with people infected and affected by HIV including counselling, advice and support. We offer one to one and group support.
Support and Social Groups: We have a drop in session once a week from 3pm to 6pm. (Check by phone or email for up-to-date arrangements during Covid.)
Courses: We offer training on transmission, treatment and living positively with HIV.
AROUK – Arakan Rohingya Organisation UK
This business is currently affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
Arouk is an international charity based in the city of Bradford.
It is led by people who now live in Bradford, after they or their families experienced persecution in Myanmar and refugee life in Bangladesh.
They advocate and campaign. They also run many community and fund-raising projects in the city, to enable people to integrate and thrive.
AROUK offers support and advice on housing, welfare, healthcare, schools and accessing immigration advice.
There is a Talk English club.
The Children and Families Service also runs arts and crafts for children, group activities for families, Rohingya life and cultural events and trips out during school holidays, as well as home visits for the needs of the family.
Leeds City College University Centre
Skills House (formerly known as Connexions Bradford ) is a partnership including educational organisations, voluntary services providers and employers. It helps connect out-of-work adults to jobs and training.
Go to to Skills House Youth if you are looking for information, advice and guidance for young people in the district.
School Admissions Team
Drop-in is currently suspended due to COVID-19. After Covid restrictions, Tuesday morning Drop-In will start again.
Formerly the New Communities and Travellers team.
What do we do?
The Access team supports families from Central and Eastern Europe, refugees, asylum seekers, travellers and vulnerable groups, with access to education.
Families can self-refer by contacting us on 01274 439393 or they can attend our drop-in, details below. Or they can be referred by any professional on behalf of the family. See below.
The service also supports and signposts its client group, taking into account the wider family support needs including SEN, Benefits and Early Help. Specialist staff in the team advocate on behalf of families who are experiencing barriers in accessing appropriate education settings. There are workers within the team who speak languages including Slovak, Polish, Czech and Hungarian but we can also access most languages through our partner, Enable2.
Interpreting and translation
For any queries relating to interpreting and translation, please email [email protected] or call 01274 439393.
Free School Meals (FSM)
The Access team only support with FSM enquiries for asylum seekers. If you have any other queries relating to FSM, please contact 01274 432772.
Refugees and asylum seekers
Refugee and asylum seeker children have the same entitlement to education as other children in the UK however they can often find it harder to access education due a number of barriers which may include language, past experience and trauma. The Access Team aim to support refugee and asylum seekers into education through practical support and advice. The Access Team is also on hand to provide advice and support to schools who have refugee and asylum seeker children on roll. Please see our ‘Quick guide to refugees and asylum seekers’.
How to make a referral for support with access to education?
Please ensure that families have consented to the referral, where possible getting consent to sharing information form signed by the family prior to making a referral.
The Access Team runs a drop-in at Britannia House, every Tuesday morning between 9:30-11:30am during term-time. If families are being signposted to the drop-in, they are asked to attend with the children needing school places and with copies of their ID and tenancy documents.
Pearson Professional Centres-UK Bradford
You can take your driving theory test at this test centre in the middle of Bradford. Appointments are limited at the moment, because of Covid. For information on rescheduling, refunds, and more, please check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
Women only English classes – Free. Mondays and Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm.
Women only knitting group – Wednesdays 9.30am.
BEES – Conservation Group
In the BEES Conservation Group, we go out in a minibus to work in local places – woods, gardens, orchards eg planting trees.
Back by 3:00-4:00pm. Boots and waterproof coats can be provided.
BEES is a Volunteering Conservation Task Group, part of Bradford YMCA.
Great Horton Library
Bolling Hall Library
Holme Wood Library
Kirkgate Centre Shipley
The Kirkgate Centre is a busy community and social action centre serving Shipley.
We are a registered charity and a registered company.
Most importantly, we are a membership organisation. Members of the Kirkgate Centre run the centre and have the power to call meetings, elect trustees and become trustees themselves. Membership is free to anyone living in the Shipley area.
Kirkgate Spotlight English Conversation Club – Every Tuesday, from 10am to 11.30am
Millan Centre is a community centre for girls and women. We run educational, social and health related activities for women, girls and children in the Manningham and Heaton area.
Millan Centre is a charitable organisation and a company limited by guarantee. The registered office is at the Centre. There are 5 members of the Management Committee who have overall responsibility for the Centre and a small team of full and part-time staff.
Millan Centre’s aim is to provide women and girls with:
- A stimulating, responsive and varied programme of educational, training and social activities in a safe and accessible environment
- Support to empower individuals to achieve their full potential and become active citizens
- Equal access to opportunities regardless of race, disability or age and a valuing of diversity
- Opportunities through partnerships with other groups and organisations
BEACON – CHAT English Conversation Class
During Covid, the group is meeting online most Wednesdays 10:30-12:00. Contact Alice at [email protected]. She will send you the Zoom link and also a weekly newsletter of English activities.
This is a friendly English Conversation group that meets every week.
All new migrants welcome.
You can relax, have a coffee, make friends, practise and improve your spoken English. And you can learn more about the English way of life. There is a lot of fun too – and sometimes there are trips out together. Because there are plenty of English volunteers, you can chat 1 to 1, or in small groups with an English speaker and other students at the same level as you. It really helps.
Usually, the group meets in the Touchstone building – Weds 10:00-12:00.
Free conversational English practice with English speakers, from 1pm to 2.30pm every Thursday during term time at the St Clements Church, Barkerend Road, BD3 9DF.
Our English club has been running successfully since March 2010, seeing many people improving their English, and some even speaking English for the first time! All welcome.
Everyday English Club – Every Thursday during term time, 1pm to 2.30pm. Open to all levels, everyone welcome – a free English conversation club with English speakers. Parents with pre-school children welcome
English My Way – Every Friday 10am to midday. Aimed at pre-entry level learners, women only, free. A fresh approach to learning ESOL (English as a Second Language). Women with pre-school children welcome.
Better Start Imagination Library
The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free book giving scheme. Each month until a child is four, a new book is delivered through the post. For parents / carers of all children born after 1 January 2016, living in the Better Start area. Please click the website below and search your post code for the nearest Library.
Talking Together is for parents of two to three year olds who have mild to moderate difficulties in speaking. It aims to give families the skills to improve their child’s communication, to develop an understanding of the importance of play in developing communication, and to give parents the skills and confidence to be actively involved in their child’s play and learning.
There are one-to-one sessions, lasting for one hour, for six weeks, in the child’s home. The sessions can be in English, Urdu or Punjabi. Please call the Number below for more details.
Connecting Opportunities is still running and is open to new referrals during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak. All services for participants are being offered remotely. Existing participants should speak to their Keyworker to discuss specific arrangements.
We work with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community, in West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire. Connecting Opportunities [CO] helps with:
- developing the skills needed to gain employment in the UK
- improving English
- feeling part of the community
- increasing confidence and well-being