On Thursday the 17th December, The Youth Association got together with local adults and young people to distribute 1500 meals to families in Great Horton. The event was a great success providing 70 food parcels containing over 1500 meals of food to young people and families in the Bradford area.
Great Horton is a community experiencing high levels of deprivation, where many families have been struggling this year to provide food for their children. Our partnership with FareShare Yorkshire provided us with plenty of food and drinks to distribute to the most vulnerable. Local young people and adults supported the event, signing people in, sanitising their hands and distributing the food parcels. Our community ambassadors- a local group of young people who volunteer in the area- were part of the experience.
The event was delivered as part of our Common Ground Project, where residents are convened regularly to work together and address local priorities. The Common Ground Project involves community clean-ups, events and other similar initiatives aimed at establishing inter-group dialogue and increasing access to services already on offer.
The event was supported by Juraj Tancos of St Edmund’s Nursery and Children Centre and Farah Afzal from Bradford Council. The Telegraph and Argus and Matt Henderson from the Stronger Communities team of Bradford Council also attended the event.
Since 2017, we have been working alongside our colleagues, Yorkshire Housing, to support young people in Great Horton. With added support from Leeds Community Foundation, Clarion Futures and the Stronger Communities Team, our work in Bradford now combines regular, street-based engagement and activity with social action programmes.