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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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