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					                                                                                                                               ISSUE 2       WINTER 2001-02




COMMUNITY PRIDE
                                                             Youth Participation worker Saf Chopdat (right)
                                                                     seeks views on the youth parliament.
                                                                                                                                         OPINION
                                                                                                                                        A Youth Parliament
                                                                                                                                          for the Bradford
                                                                                                                                       district – will it work?
                                                                                                                                                    Samantha Dacres
                                                                                                                                                    (27): "It’s a good
                                                                                                                                                    idea. It will help
                                                                                                                                                    young people get
                                                                                                                                                    closer together
                                                                                                                                                    and make them
                                                                                                                                                    realise that this
                                                                                                                                                    isn’t a bad place to
                                                                                                                                                    live. It’s the way to
                                                                                                                                      break down barriers."

                                                                                                                                      Danny Khan
                                                                                                                                      and Darren
                                                                                                                                      Parkinson
                                                                                                                                      (both 15): "It
                                                                                                                                      should
                                                                                                                                      change the
                                                                                                                                      way people
                                                                                                                                      live. It should
                                                                                                                                      work to get people off the streets
                                                                                                                                      and change the bad in society. If
                                                                                                                                      there is a youth parliament, the
                                                                                                                                      Council can actually listen to
                                                                                                                                      things from our point of view, the
                                                                                                                                      things we want."

                                                                                                                                                                Duane
                                                                                                                                                                Farrell
                                                                                                                                                                and
                                                                                                                                                                Benjamin
                                                                                                                                                                Barnes
                                                                                                                                                                (15 and
                                                                                                                                                                14):
                                                                                                                                      "People should get together and
                                                                                                                                      discuss things. There are people
                                                                                                                                      out there stealing cars and we
                                                                                                                                      want to see things done to keep
                                                                                                                                      them off the streets and reduce
Young people in the district               Kimberley                                           The new Youth Parliament will          crime."
                                           Greenwood                                        have strong links with these
are to get their voices                    (15):                                                                                                     Dharmesh Jethwa
                                                                                            representatives, as well as Schools
heard where it matters                     "The Youth                                                                                                (22): "People should
                                                                                                                                                     get together to
                                           Parliament                                       Councils across the district.
most through a new Youth                   could work                                          A crucial factor will be the ability
                                                                                                                                                     share ideas among
                                                                                                                                                     their peers, because
Parliament.                                towards
                                                                                            of the Youth Parliament to influence                     sometimes talking to
                                           getting                                                                                                   elders – they may
                                           better                                           decisions made, for example,                             not understand.
   Bradford Council has taken on                                                                                                                     There should be a
                                           facilities for                                   by Bradford Council and Bradford          spokesman to share our views at
ten youth participation workers and        young                                            Vision.                                   the next level. We need to
a co-ordinator to set up and support       people in                                                                                  communicate our ideas, and it’s
the Youth Parliament. And the              this area."                                         One option being considered is         better to explain them through a
                                                                                            that the Parliament could look at         group."
move is just one signal to the
citizens of the Bradford district                                                           and comment on reports on issues          Nazia Shah:
                                                                                                                                      "Anything which
that the Council is taking the                                                              affecting young people before the         allows young
conclusions of the Bradford Race              Now,     through       its   Youth            Council makes final decisions.            people a platform
Review to heart, says Council              Development Partnership, the                                                               to voice their
                                                                                                                                      concerns is very
leader Margaret Eaton.                     Council is planning new youth                                                              important, but my
   The review, led by Sir Herman           forums for young people aged 11 to                  IF YOU want to know                    worry would be
                                                                                                                                      how much
Ouseley, was an independent and            25 in each of the parliamentary                     more about the Youth                   independence will
searching report on community              constituencies - Keighley, Shipley,                Parliament, local youth                 it be given."
relations in the district, unveiled just   Bradford South, West and North.
                                           Each forum will nominate young                        forums, or United
after the city's worst ever riots in
July this year.                            people to sit on the Bradford Youth                    Kingdom Youth
   "When people began to discuss           Parliament, which could be set up                    Parliament, contact
honestly the problems in our               by March.
                                              The Bradford district is also set to
                                                                                                 Norrina Rashid on
district,    we     listened,"     said
Councillor Eaton.                          elect three representatives to the                     01274 752135 or
"Now, along with our partner               United Kingdom Youth Parliament                             e-mail
organisations, we are acting on            early in 2002. This parliament takes                  norrina@bydp.org
those comments."                           representatives aged 11 to 18.
COMMUNITY PRIDE


   we should be                                                   PROUD
                                                                  If you're in any doubt as to why the
                                                                  Bradford district can win the European
                                                                                                                                learning
                                                                                                                                It is just not good enough for young people to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                               to be a
                                                                  Capital of Culture contest, look at the                       school armed with a handful of exam qualifications,
                                                                  abundance of homegrown talent and                             the Government has decided.
                                                                  leisure opportunities in these pictures.
                                                                  Although there are fourteen cities competing
                                                                  we believe that Bradford is among the top five
                                                                  and stands every chance of succeeding.
                                                                  In preparation for its bid to host the Capital
                                                                  of Culture in 2008, the bid team lead by Paul
                                                                  Brookes has developed a fresh new look for the
                                                                  campaign. Inspired by the title of a David
                                                                  Hockney painting, One Landscape Many Views,
                                                                  the campaign will bring the culture of the city to
                                                                  life.
                                                                  Campaign Director Paul Brookes said: “The
                                                                  landscapes of Bradford are many and varied,
                                                                  and so are the points of view of the people who
                                                                  live here. Bradford has a long history of dealing
                                                                  with the issues raised by many conflicting
                                                                  views living side by side, and although the
                                                                  district has not yet mastered a solution, it is
                                                                  constantly exploring ways to accommodate
                                                                  diverse opinions.”
                                                                  In August the bid received a massive boost by
                                                                  film supremo David Puttnam agreeing to lead it.
                                                                  Famed for epics such as Chariots of Fire and
                                                                  The Killing Fields, Lord Puttnam will steer a
                                                                  Partnership Board working on an innovative
                                                                  plan incorporating hundreds of inspired ideas
                                                                  from local people to celebrate the Year of
                                                                  Culture in 2008.

                                                                  If you are organising a significant event and
                                                                  would like to include it on the Capital of Culture
                                                                  web site, please email:
                                                                  culture@bradford.gov.uk

                                                                  DO YOU want to tell the Government why the
                                                                  Bradford district should be Capital of
                                                                                                                                  a tale of many                  cultures
                                                                                                                                                                        community and that is why we are
                                                                                                                                     A multi-lingual and multi-
                                                                  Culture? Send no more than 50 words to:                         ethnic play staged by the             bidding for the Capital of Culture."
                                                                  Bradford Capital of Culture,                                    city’s Theatre-in Education               The    company       has    just
                                                                  Merchants' House, Peckover Street,                              team has been greeted                 completed a whirlwind tour of 56
                                                                  Little Germany, BRADFORD BD1 5BD                                with enthusiasm by school             performances in junior schools in
                                                                  OR email to culture@bradford.gov.uk and we                      children throughout the               the run up to Christmas.
                                                                                                                                  district.                                 The Alhambra’s Education
                                                                  will send the best contributions with the bid.                                                        Officer, Keith Robinson, who
                                                                                                                                      The Twisting Yarn Theatre
                                                                                                                                  Company’s production of "The          organised and directed the
                                                                                                                                                                        project, said it was a huge hit with
                                                                  More details on the Capital of Culture                          Honoured Guest" has caught
                                                                                                                                                                        schools and so popular that only
                                                                                                                                  the imagination of children
                                                                    website www.bradford2008.com                                  everywhere it has visited.            those schools that rung up on the
                                                                                                                                      It is based on a Bengali folk     first day of booking managed to
                                                                                                                                  tale which is a traditional moral     secure a performance.
                                                                                                                                  story that exists in many other           Keith explained that the
                                                                                                                                  Asian cultures and which reaches      Twisting Yarn Theatre Company is
                                                                                                                                  across all communities with its       the producing arm of the
                                                                                                                                  message that we should all be         Alhambra Theatre and has been
                                                                                                                                  treated the same, whether we are      in existence for five years now.
                                                                                                                                  rich or poor.                             "We always aim to have
                                                                                                                                      What makes Twisting Yarn          a multi-cultural element          in
                                                                                                                                  special is that it employs both       everything we do. We positively
                                                                                                                                  white and Asian actors and


better chance to choose a home
                                                                                                                                                                        approach the Asian community
                                                                                                                                  actresses and – in ‘The Honoured
                                                                                                                                  Guest’ - uses different languages     because      they     are    under-
                                                                                                                                  to tell the story.                    represented both as an audience
                                                                                                                                      Margaret Eaton, Leader of         and as practitioners."
                                                                                                                                  Bradford Council, said: "This is an       Twisting Yarn’s productions are
                                     Giving people from every part of              buildings. Available homes will also be        example of what cultural activity     free of charge to schools so that
                                     the community a better chance to              advertised in newspapers and in a              can do. It is an imaginative route    all young people can access
                                     choose the rented home they                   ‘Renters Property Guide’.                      to uniting and lifting a diverse      them.
                                     want is now the aim of social                     When a home is allocated, the Council
                                     landlords in the Bradford district.           tells each person who applied for it how
                                         The conclusions of the Bradford Race      long the successful applicant waited.
                                     Review backed up findings of a previous           The Council's Director of Housing
                                     report on rented housing in the district,     Geraldine Howley said: "We're improving
                                     Breaking Down the Barriers, which said        the service for everyone by giving wider
                                     landlords must get rid of obstacles for       and better information about what is
                                     ethnic minorities wanting to rent their       available and how to apply.
                                     homes.
                                         Now Bradford Council is leading the           “This means that everyone including
                                     way in opening up access to its own           ethnic minority groups will have
                                     housing by radically changing the way it      information about rented housing which
                                     lets its homes.                               they didn't get before.”
                                         Its     new     system      ‘Bradford         Other social landlords such as
                                     HOMEHUNTER’, will be launched early           housing associations will join the scheme
                                     next year and is based on the length of
                                     time an applicant has been waiting.           in April 2002.
                                         It allows people to look at all               Naser Patel is the newly appointed
                                     properties available throughout the           Project      Manager      for     Bradford
                                     district on a website at a wide range of      HOMEHUNTER. His work will include
Bradford HOMEHUNTER will give        public buildings, and in a regular renters'   overseeing two bilingual outreach staff
wider information on housing         property guide.
                                                                                   who will promote social rented housing in
                                         All information will be available in
options so more families like this                                                 the Asian community, plus two support
                                     community languages, and staff will be
can move into Council and            on hand to help people using the              workers to help Asian tenants get              Production of ‘The Honoured Guest’at Worthinghead Primary in Wyke
housing association homes.           ‘HOMEHUNTER’ website in public                established in their new community.
                                                                                                                                                                                   COMMUNITY PRIDE


ng   to be a good citizen
             The youngsters of today also need to
          know what it is to be a good citizen – and
          a Bradford school is one of just six around
          the country taking part in a pilot that
          wants to encourage just that.
                                                              According to a survey carried out
                                                          amongst 15-17 year-olds by Staffordshire
                                                          University, young people were keenly
                                                          aware of their rights, but unclear about
                                                                                                          bid                                       to inject new
                                                                                                                                                     life into city
                                                                                                                                                                                            A company could be
                                                                                                                                                                                            set up to breathe new
                                                                                                                                                                                            life into Bradford’s
                                                                                                                                                                                            city centre.
                                                          their responsibilities to the wider
                                                          community.
                                                              However, Sir Herman Ouseley’s race                                                                                             The     proposed     Urban
                                                          review team found that many young                                                                                                  Regeneration      Company
                                                          people in Bradford were "working on                                                                                                could gain millions of
                                                          projects which not only benefit their                                                                                              pounds        from       the
                                                          communities but foster good relations                                                                                              Government’s regeneration
                                                          across the board."                                                                                                                 agency, Yorkshire Forward.
                                                              This is the sort of attitude which the                                                                                         The agency is giving priority
                                                          new citizenship module for Personal,                                                                                               to Bradford and Hull, but
                                                          Social and Health Education Studies                                                                                                both must submit bids
                                                          wants to promote.                                                                                                                  based on the need for
                                                              Pupils at Rhodesway School, an upper                                                                                           regeneration on a massive
                                                          school based in Allerton, have started                                                                                             scale.
                                                          taking part in ‘The Campaign’, one of the                                                                                          Three pilot companies have
                                                          units of the new citizenship module. The                                                                                           been set up in Sheffield,
                                                          students working on ‘The Campaign’ are                                                                                             Manchester and Liverpool.
                                                          being asked to make the case for                                                                                                   If successful the Urban
                                                          developing a new sports facility in the                                                      Regeneration Company would aim to deliver a vibrant city
                                                          local community. They have to consider                                                       centre by bringing in new physical developments that would in
                                                          who would gain from the proposals, how                                                      turn boost jobs and the general economy. The sustainable
                                                          the facilities would be financed, how to                                                    economic regeneration of the city is a key principle of Bradford’s
                                                          make their case and how the decision                                                       2020 Vision.
                                                          makers can be influenced.                                                                  The Urban Regeneration Company would prepare a masterplan
                                                              The climax         to the campaign                                                    to market the city centre, handle inward investment, and also
                                                          will involve the students making a                                                       assemble and dispose of land.
                                                          presentation to leading councillors at City                                              The emphasis will be on a public and private partnership to deliver
                                                          Hall.                                                                                   projects. Possible projects include the transformation of Broadway,
                                                              Cate Ashley, the new head of the            The Urban Regeneration                  Eastbrook Hall, Rawson Market and Millennium Gate in Leeds
                                                          department covering the module, said the        Company could work on schemes           Road.
                                                          students were very excited about taking         such as the proposed                   Paul Smith, Chair of the Executive Committee of Bradford Vision,
                                                          part in a national pilot, and Sue Mansfield,    development at the Odeon site in
                                                                                                          Bradford (above) and Ivebridge         said: "I am delighted that this initiative is being taken forward and it
                                                          acting head teacher at Rhodesway, said:         House (Photo reproduced with          should ultimately result in the centre of Bradford being redeveloped to
                                                          "It’s absolutely crucial that Bradford does     kind permission of the Telegraph      compare with other large cities."
                                                          start to listen to its students, and if you     & Argus, Bradford), where an         John Pennington, President of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce,
       Rhodesway students taking part in a Citizenship    are serious about being inclusive, that         office block has been successfully   said: "The setting up of this Urban Regeneration Company is the only
                                                          means including young people in all             converted into flats.
            Pilot scheme (Photo reproduced with kind                                                                                           way forward and it is vital that we do it."
        permission of the Telegraph & Argus, Bradford)    decisions."




                             crosses all                       boundaries                                                                                       A £1.3m state-of-the art closed circuit TV
                                                                                                                                                                system together with the arrival of ten street
                                                                                                                                                                wardens will help tackle the public’s fear of
                                                                                                                                                                crime in the city centre.
                                     Pictured are six                                                                                                              The new system means that over 100
                                   Community Sport                                                                                                              cameras will cover Bradford’s city centre and
                                       Leader Award                                                                                                             the town centres of Keighley, Bingley and
                                                                                                                                                                Shipley.
                                        students who
                                                                                                                                                                   The nerve centre of the operation is a high
                                   helped organise a
                                                                                                                                                                security control suite where a team of staff keep
                                      football festival                                                                                                         a 24 hour watch on video pictures beamed onto
                                         involving ten                                                                                                          a bank of 30 TV screens. The CCTV staff also
                                  primary schools at                                                                                                            have a fast video link to Bradford Central Police
                                  Oakbank School in                                                                                                             Station in the Tyrls and direct access to
                                             Keighley                                                                                                           Keighley Police Station.
                                                                                                                                                                   In the New Year the CCTV system will be
                                                                                                                                                                linked up to the system used by Metro which
                                                                                                                                                                means that people can be tracked at Keighley
                                                                                                                                                                bus station, the Bradford Interchange and other
                                                                                                                                                                stations in West Yorkshire such as Leeds and
             The Government is ploughing             specialist sports colleges which are
                                                     Thornton      Grammar,       Oakbank          Bradford has been awarded more                               Wakefield.
          in £1.5m to ensure that sporting
          opportunities are offered to               School in Keighley, and Tong and            than £8 million from the New                                       The new hi-tech system launched at the
          children from all different                Yorkshire Martyrs. The latter two           Opportunities Fund to revamp                                   beginning of December in Bradford has been
          backgrounds in the Bradford                applied for Specialist Sports College       indoor and outdoor sports facilities                           set up with the help of a £1m Government grant.
          district.                                  status as a joint bid last March.           at schools which are used by the                               Cash has also been contributed by the Council
                                                        The scheme works like a family           wider community, and to create new                             and the private sector.
              The cash is going into a scheme        tree – for instance a Programme             facilities where they are needed.
          called the Sports Co-ordinator                                                                                                                           Council leader, Coun Margaret Eaton, said:
                                                     Development Manager, based at                 Bradford got the largest share of                            "Bradford Council has been one of the pioneers
          Programme which includes most              each of the above centres, leads the        the £60 million which is being                                 of local authority run CCTV and I am delighted
          primary, secondary and special             scheme and works with School                handed out to local education                                  to see its expansion. This substantial public
          schools in Bradford South, Bradford        Sport Co-ordinators based at
          West and the Keighley, Bingley and                                                     authorities across Yorkshire and                               and private investment in CCTV aims to make a
                                                     partner secondary schools in the            Humberside.
          Ilkley districts.                          area. These School Sport Co-                                                                               measurable impact on community safety and
              The scheme kicked off this                                                           "This is tremendous news and a
                                                     ordinators then work in turn with up                                                                       crime prevention in the district."
          September and will run for three                                                       great opportunity for Bradford," said
                                                     to five primary and special schools         the Council’s Director of Education
                                                                                                                                                                   Over the next 12 months a further 39 new
          years.                                     by finding out what they can offer                                                                         CCTV cameras are due to come on line covering
              It has many aims, one of which is                                                  Phil Green. "It represents a major
                                                     them and developing after-school                                                                           Little Germany, and the Trident area of Bowling
          to get more pupils interested in           clubs and inter-school competitions.        investment in new sports facilities
          sport, particularly girls, children from                                               for schools and community use. We                              and Little Horton.
                                                        An example is Oakbank School
          ethnic      minority      backgrounds,     in Keighley which works with                want schools to become a focal point
          disabled youngsters and young              Greenhead School in Keighley,               for their local communities and this                           ● A further initiative is being carried out which
          people from underprivileged areas.         Bingley Grammar, Ilkley Grammar,            award will help them to develop                                will also reduce the fear of crime. It is hoped
              The scheme is not just about           Parkside School in Cullingworth and         much stronger and closer links."                               that the first street wardens will be seen in the
          schools – the emphasis is also about       Holy Family in Keighley. These then         Five times world karate champion                               city centre by next April. They will have links
          building links with the community          work in partnership with 37        pri-     Geoff      Thompson,       the  latest                         with the Council and the Police and will be
          including parents, local sports clubs      mary schools.                               member of the New Opportunities                                directed to particular problems identified in
          and the police, and it also wants to          Steve Bell, the Partnership              Fund board, said: "I know about the                            the city. They will also generally work on
          strengthen links with outside              Development Manager at Oakbank              power of sport to motivate and                                 reducing litter, graffiti, and nuisance problems
          partners such as Sport England and         School, said: "Sport breaks down            engage young people as well as                                 such as aggressive begging. They will also give
          the Youth Sport Trust.                     boundaries and the programmes we            the discipline, self-esteem and
              But the hub of the programme           want to organise will definitely bring
                                                                                                                                                                crime prevention advice.
                                                                                                 confidence it can instil."
          does centre on the district’s              people together."
 COMMUNITY PRIDE

              The will to make                                                                                                           OUR PLEDGES
                             progress                                                                                               Along with the initiatives described in this issue
                                                                                                                                    of Community Pride, Bradford Council has
                                                                                                                                    pledged to carry out these activities to achieve
                                                                                                                                    Sir Herman Ouseley’s recommendations in the
                                                                                                                                    Bradford Race Review

                                                                        Council Leader Cllr Margaret Eaton                          1)   The Review, Community Pride Not Prejudice, has been
                                                                                                                                         referred to a special Overview and Scrutiny Committee to
                                       We have been working         The Ouseley report highlighted the need for young people to          consider the issues it raised and to commission a study of
                                       very hard since the          have more influence over what happens in the district and the        the background to the disorders.
                                       summer to set in place       Council’s main political leaders are united on the need for a
                                       a number of initiatives      Youth Parliament. This will give young people a chance to
                                      which will help improve       debate the issues which affect them the most and come up        2)   The Council acknowledges the significant part played by
                                     the Bradford district in the   with solutions to the problems.                                      the sale and use of illegal drugs in social unrest, and is
                                   light of the Community                                                                                considering the work of its Drugs and Alcohol Action Team
                                 Pride Not prejudice report.        We are also supporting the bid for an Urban Regeneration             and its contribution to the local drugs and alcohol strategy.
                                                                    Company which will revitalise Bradford’s city centre. The
                          We have also been strengthening           Company would reverse the decline of the city centre and        3)   Bradford Council’s Chief Executive Ian Stewart has:
ties with the Council’s partners such as Bradford Vision, the       give the district a new and vibrant heart - a place where            ● Reviewed the funding that supports the local economy.
Police, the health authority, the business community and            businesses can thrive and shops and stores do well.                  ● Worked with Education Bradford (SERCO) and
education organisations.
                                                                    The stories in this newspaper give me a great deal of
                                                                                                                                            employers to produce a programme of activities that
It is going to take a lot of hard work to make a difference but     encouragement and show that we are moving in the right                  support employment opportunities and involve
we are determined to bring about a sea change in the district       direction to restore confidence and pride in our district.              schools, businesses and local communities.
to make it a better place to live, learn, work and play, as                                                                              ● Promoted the involvement of local people in the
outlined in our 2020 Vision.                                                                                                                provision of local services.
                                                                                                                                         ● Set objectives for all Top Management reflecting these
                                                                                                                                            decisions and ensuring that appropriate action is taken
                                                                                                                                            within the identified timescale.
                                                             Leader of Labour Group Cllr Ian Greenwood                                   ● Promoted a co-ordinated approach to the underlying
                                                                                                                                            causes of the disorders by working with representatives
                                       There are no quick           not identify all of the issues facing our communities. If all           of Government Office and Yorkshire Forward.
                                       fixes to the issues          we do is respond to Ouseley then we will fail. We must               ● Established a dedicated team of officers to carry out
                                       raised by Community          have a much wider and deeper analysis of our problems.                  these objectives.
                                       Pride Not Prejudice.         While the Council can provide a lead in this process it
                                      Nevertheless the Council
                                                                    cannot and should not provide all the solutions, it is only     4)   The Regeneration and Business Partnerships Director and
                                    has begun to act on its
                                                                    one of many public, private and voluntary sector                     appropriate Directors have undertaken a review of the
                                   recommendations and all          organisations that must play their part in leading our
                                 political parties have found                                                                            Council’s approach to securing inward investment.
                                                                    communities forward. Individuals across the District must
                              some common ground and                also play their part in promoting mutual understanding and
                          contributed to the response.                                                                              5)   The Council is working to improve literacy, numeracy,
                                                                    respect between different communities. The future is in
I want to stress that it is clear that the Ouseley Report does      our own hands.                                                       achievement and reduction in truancy, and is working with
                                                                                                                                         Education Bradford (SERCO) to :
                                                                                                                                         ● Foster twinning between schools and organisations
                                                                                                                                            interested in developing cross-cultural links in the
                                                                                                                                            District.
                                     Leader of Liberal Democrats Group Cllr Jeanette Sunderland                                          ● Develop better ways for schools to reflect the whole
                                     When Sir Herman                We have suggested that organisations in Bradford should                 community.
                                     Ouseley       published        ‘twin’ with an organisation with similar interests in a
                                     his report I was               different community. Pensioners groups, schools, faith          6)   Schools are encouraged to develop closer links with local
                                     determined that the            organisations, and community associations could all take             communities through sport, cultural and recreational
                                     Council should act             part in this and begin to break down the barriers which Sir          activities and the Chief Executive is to promote new
                                    quickly and effectively.        Herman Ouseley identified.                                           approaches to school and community links.
                                  We suggested over 30
                                                                    Working with others we are also starting to tackle crime,
                                different initiatives which
                                                                    the fear of crime and the problems created by the misuse        7)   The Community Development and Lifelong Learning
                             the council could take to
                                                                    of drugs.                                                            Director Mark Foster will:
                         improve relationships between
all communities in Bradford District and I am pleased that          There is a long way to go but there is a real willingness to         ● Encourage full and active participation of young people
many of them are beginning to happen.                               make progress.                                                          in determining future youth provision.
                                                                                                                                         ● Produce proposals in conjunction with the Learning
In particular, we support activities that raise educational
achievements and the formation of a Youth Parliament so                                                                                     and Skills Council for raising levels of achievement of
that the voices of our young people can be heard.                                                                                           adults.
                                                                                                                                         ● Investigate the benefits of forming a Youth Partnership
                                                                                                                                            similar to the Early Years Partnership.

                                                                                      Chief Executive Ian Stewart                   8)   The Legal and Democratic Services Director Gerry Danby
                                                                                                                                         will consult with local Members of Parliament in order to
                                      Now is the time to            our young people receive the standard of education                                                             .
                                                                                                                                         encourage participation in local democracy A study will be
                                      move forward and              they deserve.                                                        commissioned drawing on existing research as to why
                                      bring people across                                                                                some people in the Bradford District do not vote.
                                     the district together          It is also essential that they are encouraged to take an
                                    with the determination          active part in shaping the future of the district. We           9)   The Marketing and Communications Director Owen Williams
                                   to make Bradford a               must spare no effort to ensure that our young people                 will:
                                  wonderful place to live,          feel confident about their own future and pride in                   ● Bring forward proposals for improving and promoting
                               learn, work and play.                where they live.                                                         the image of the district.
                                                                                                                                         ● Present these resolutions and appropriate related
                   We are putting together a number                 They must be given every opportunity to realise their
                                                                                                                                             documents in a form which can be communicated
of measures, some of which seek to raise standards in               potential and I believe that the Youth Parliament is a
                                                                                                                                             widely and be easily understood by everyone in the
our schools because it is particularly important that all           major step towards making this a reality.
                                                                                                                                             District.

                                                                                                                                    10) The Asset Management Director Linda Carmichael will
                                                                                                                                        investigate how community access to school buildings and
                                                                                                                                        facilities out of hours can be improved.
                        TELL US WHAT YOU THINK                                                                                      11) Activities in other Council Departments include:
                                                                                                                                        ● Positively Diverse – Social Services involved in NHS
   If you have any comments or ideas on the issues raised in this newsletter please                                                        programmes.
   write to:                                                                                                                            ● Modern Apprentice Scheme.
   Bradford District Race Review, FREEPOST BD2422,                                                                                      ● Development of Joint Interpreting Services with NHS.
   City Of Bradford MDC, 6th floor, Metrochange House, Bradford BD1 1BR                                                                 ● Heartstone Project.
                                                                                                                                        ● Develop a Community Mediation Service.
   Translation of the contents of this newsletter is available by request in community                                                  ● A Citizens’Charter for Bradford.
   languages. It is also available on tape or in braille. Please contact: 01274 754667                                                  ● Community Information Event.

				
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