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Vocal Aires Choir

We are a voluntary group who like to sing. No audition required, an ability to read music not essential. It is necessary to become a member of the "University of the Third Age"- your age is 50 years or over.
We meet once a week to rehearse and give concerts on request. We meet at Kirkgate Community Centre, Shipley every Friday at 1-3pm. Open to all senior citizens. We like to perform songs from the "Musicals". We sing some 2 part songs, and occasionally 4 part songs. Many of the songs are in unison. Our concerts tend to be held on request from community groups for the elderly.

Voice for Women
Voluntary Service Overseas

Voluntary Service Overseas www.vso.org.uk offers volunteer opportunities in more than 30 developing countries in Africa and Asia. We are looking for skilled people from many different backgrounds, including education, health, IT and engineering. By volunteering with VSO, you can help combat poverty and improve the quality of life for people who need it most. Requirements do vary, but you will typically need: * between 2-5 years' professional experience * an official qualification, such as a degree, to help secure your work permit * to pass a medical check and a criminal record check * to be ready to start within the next 18 months * to be available for a placement that will last from six to 24 months.
The basic requirements may vary depending on the skill area, role length and the requests we receive from our overseas partners.
There are also a number of opportunities open to young people aged 18-25 under the government's International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
VSO's are paid an allowance in local currency, plus accommodation, flights and other items. To get in touch with current or returned volunteers come to a Meet VSO event, where you'll get to hear volunteers. See the website's Events page.
You can also ask volunteers questions online, on our Facebook page.
To find out firsthand what it's like to be a VSO volunteer read the personal blogs written by volunteers currently serving overseas.

Volunteer Centre Bradford

Coronavirus Update from this group on 18 March 2020: "We are shutting all drop-ins for the foreseeable future. If you need any support and advice re volunteering either generally or in relation to COVID-19 please contact us via social media/phone 01274 725434 or email info@volunteeringbradford.org"

Provides a range of exciting volunteering opportunities, in community organisations, to suit people's time, skills and lifestyle. Volunteering improves mental and physical health. All the volunteer roles can be searched and accessed on our website.

We can help you find a life enhancing volunteer role in one of 600 local charities. We also provide fab support for groups to manage and recruit volunteers.

Volunteer Centre Work Shop

Retail Training for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Would you like to develop retail skills in a friendly and supportive environment? WE CAN HELP
The WorkSHOP team can provide you with support to build up your skills in a real retail environment.

What do we do?
WorkSHOP is a project that supports people to gain skills, confidence and work experience within a structured and sheltered work environment.

How much, when & where?
Cost: £35 per day
When: Wednesdays 10:00 -3pm
Where: The Second Time Around Charity Shop in Keighley.
Who is it for?
It has been developed for people who are not ready to work independently and require more tailored support to partake in work activities. Participants work in a group setting under supervision. They receive direct support from skilled staff.

What will I learn?
Participants also complete a portfolio that maps their skills development. By taking part in a real working shop environment people gain a wide range of retail skills including:-
• Customer Services
• Sales Skills
• Till competency
• Stock preparation
• Pricing
• Stock Rotation &
• Merchandising
Why join this service?
You can get lots out of your work placement with WorkSHOP! You will be able to:-
• Learn new skills
• Receive training
• Build confidence at work
• Enhance job prospects
• Be part of a team
• Meet new people
• Make new friends
• Grow as a person
• Have new experiences
• Have fun!
And much more!

Contact us!
If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Diane on: 01535 609506
WorkSHOP is a project of Keighley & District Volunteer Centre. Registered Charity Number: 1090144
Keighley & District Volunteer Centre, 23 Temple Row Keighley, BD21 2AH.
Phone: 01535 609506 E-mail: diane@keighleyvc.co.uk

Volunteering Matters

So we bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering.

We partner with communities to overcome adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunity and making sure young people can lead change. And because we’re a national charity, we do this at scale, sharing our expertise and building partnerships to make an even bigger impact.

We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.

In October 2020 we launched new strategy – Our Manifesto for Change. Based on the impact our volunteers and programmes have in communities across the UK, we will bring people together through volunteering to build stronger communities so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

War Widows' Association

The War Widows’ Association is essentially a campaigning group and is recognised as the leading representative organisation for widows of Armed Forces Personnel where death is attributable to service. Our work encompasses those who have suffered bereavement as a result of service, where death of a spouse or recognised partner has been caused or hastened by that service.
The Association is unique in that it is run completely by volunteers. It does not have any paid staff or permanent offices and is very grateful to the Royal British Legion for providing a mail room facility. Day to day Management of the Association is carried out by a Committee of Trustees; many have day jobs.
The Association does not provide direct welfare services; however, we ensure that through national events and our network of Regional Officers that our members receive support, guidance and friendship.

Wednesday Leisure Club
Welfare Rights Advice at Cancer Support Yorkshire

<p>Our Welfare Rights Advisers are here to help with the financial and practical issues faced by cancer patients, their carers and families. Your named adviser will assist you at home, at a hospice, in hospital, at the Centre or on the telephone.</p>
<p>Our specialist Welfare Rights service provides free information, advice and support to cancer patients and their families in the Bradford & Airedale district and surrounding areas.</p>

Well Connected
Well Together Service - Bradford District Care Foundation Trust

Well Together Service provides a range of interesting, sociable activities led by dedicated volunteers.
The activities are free, or low cost, and cover the whole of the Bradford District, Airedale , Wharfedale and Craven at wheelchair-accessible venues.
You do not have to attend regularly and you can attend as many of our groups as you like.
Activities and Walks include:
•Arts and Craft groups
•Coffee mornings
•Creative writing
•Games groups
•Guided relaxation sessions
•Health walks – ranging from 30-90 mins long
•Painting and drawing groups
•Reading groups
•Reminiscence groups
•Singing groups
•Social groups
•Support groups for specific health conditions
•Wellbeing recovery support groups
Virtual Groups

For information on our groups - https://www.bdct.nhs.uk/services/well-together-service/
Well Together has joined Social Media, please follow us on
Twitter - @BDCFT_Welltogether
Facebook - Welltogether

Well Together Service: Free Volunteer Led Walks

Free Volunteer Walks run by Well Together Service - Bradford District Care Foundation Trust

ring: 01274 259190 or email: welltogether@bdct.nhs.uk
The walks are run by Walk Leaders who volunteer for Well Together, a specialist service within Bradford District Care Foundation Trust. Volunteers develop and lead various activities in their local community to support the wellbeing of patients and service-users, and promote good emotional and physical health.

Wellbeing Café (Keighley)

Monthly meeting for people with mild to medium mental health needs. A social event with lunch, entertainment, support and information. Meetings are on the 3rd Monday of each month, between 1:30 - 3:30pm. Held at Central Hall on Alice Street.

Wesleys

Wesleys is a community cafe and community hub attached to Baildon Methodist Church. Each week around 1000 local people come to our premises. We host a wide variety of community groups serving all ages, from parents and toddlers, up to the very elderly. Our cafe serves affordable drinks, snacks and meals during the week.

West Bowling Activity Group
West Bowling Community Advice & Training Centre

PlEASE NOTE CURRENTLY DURING THE PANADEMIC WE ARE PROVIDING A TELEPHONE ADVICE SERVICE AND PROVIDIBNG APPOINTMENTS FOR TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS ONLY MONDAY-FRIDAY 9:00AM - 5:00PM

The centre is open Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Multi-Lingual and bilingual workers are employed at the centre.
We deliver advice, information & guidance in all areas.
Gym & sauna facilities
Women only sessions</li>
Men only sessions</li>
Additional advice & guidance</li>
Personal training support</li>
Keep fit aerobic classes</li>
Technique classes </li>
Health & Well Being Activities Projects</h2>
Early interventions & preventative initiatives</li>
Therapeutic activities</li>
Older people projects/mental health groups</li>
Health courses</li>
Well being activities for the elderly with mental health issues</li>
Women's group</li>
Nutritional advice & information</li>
Healthy lifestyle complimentary activities</li>
One to one coaching</li>
NHS Healthy Weight Management Courses
Aerobics/Keep Fit Classes - off site
Healthy Living activities</
Older Women's Support Group</li>
Well-Being Programme for Elderly people</li>
Gym & Sauna Facilities</li>
Beep Scheme in operation </
Community Services
We provide a number of different courses in education & learning at different satellite venues. We currently offer the following courses:
English Classes (Entry 1,2,3)
Sewing Classes Beginners and advanced
We also provide the following services:
Community Development Support
Peacemaker International</li>
Support for small Community groups>
Capacity building for individuals and projects</li>
Health Trainer Sessions</li>
Housing Reports & Translations e.g Marriage & Birth Certificates
Specialist Support in Welfare Benefits & Debt issues - by appointment only<
Immigration
Debt Advice<
Disability Living Allowance Appointments<

West Bowling Local History Archives
West Bowling Youth Initiative

The West Bowling Youth Initiative (WBYI) is a small charity and local voluntary sector organisation based in a multi-cultural area of Bradford. It was established in 1991 by local people to work with predominately young British Pakistani Muslim men, especially those who were at risk of offending. The initial project was supported by The Prince’s Trust and subsequently gained funding and backing from other charities, EU and government funding and ongoing support from the local authority.

Over the last 25 years, WBYI has broadened its remit and has developed a strong reputation for successfully engaging hard to reach young people, including those excluded or struggling at school, ex-offenders and those in the criminal justice system and others facing a difficult transition to adulthood. WBYI currently works with a core age range of 13 to 25 year olds including, employment support programmes; alternative curriculum programmes for schools and crime prevention work through personal and social development projects. In addition, school holiday programmes and sports activities cater for local 7 to 13 year olds and increasingly there is a demand for volunteering and leisure activity.

WBYI has evolved and is highly respected part of the community and increasingly works in partnership with other organisations – voluntary sector projects, sports clubs, employers and the local authority. It is also now engaging young people from other communities, including traditional white working class neighbourhoods (Holmewood and Bierley) and new migrant communities (Manchester Road and Little Horton) closer to the city centre. This is an indication of how WBYI has matured and is ideally placed to facilitate an expansion of its methodology to address new challenges with new communities.

West Bradford Bowling Club

West Bradford Bowling Club offers an ideal location for a variety of functions or as a meeting place. The comfortable bar and lounge, with a small dance floor, provides an ideal venue for a birthday, anniversary or other family celebrations. The club offers free WiFi and light refreshments, including hot snacks or cold food, and can be provided at competitive prices. Alternatively, party organisers are welcome to provide their own catering. The club has one of the best bowling greens in the Bradford district which can, subject to availability, be used at certain times of the year to enhance any social occasion. West Bradford Bowling Club always welcomes new members.

West End Centre

The West End Centre is a purpose built modern community centre based within St Oswald’s Church.

The Centre is financially independent and distinct from it. The Centre serves all sections of the local community and welcomes people of different faiths, cultures and ability levels.

​It is a Registered Charity and Company Ltd by Guarantee. We are based in Little Horton, Bradford. The Centre opened in May 2005.

It has developed provision in line with the needs and wants of the local community.

We have a range of groups and activities delivered in the heart of the community.

We develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged local community of Little Horton and the City of Bradford in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet their needs and participate more fully in society.

We promote social 'inclusion' by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and helping them to integrate into society. This benefits the community, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious opinions.

West End Centre: Arts & Crafts
West Lane Baptist Church

We meet Sunday mornings at 10:30am, and people will be just inside the front door to welcome you just after 10am. Our Sunday morning service has a mixture of sung worship, prayers, bible readings, a sermon and more. Part way through the children will head out to their own group, apart from the 3rd Sunday of the month when we have our family service, where everybody stays in together.

Services 10.30am every Sunday (30 minutes)- All welcome. Please wear a mask and use hand gel – available on way in.

West Lane Methodist Church

Haworth Methodist Church and Grimshaw Community Centre is situated opposite the Old Sun Hotel in West Lane.
As well as Sunday worship our large hall is used most evenings and through many days. It is popular for children`s parties and large enough for a bouncy castle. Hire charges are �15 per hour. Regular users range from dog trainers to Guides, karate to senior citizens get-togethers.
We have recently begun a Wednesday 10am to 2pm pay-as-you-can cafe and free help yourself library which will soon include computer skills all run by the Welcome Project and it is hoped eventually to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables on overgrown garden land in a scheme run by Haw-Earth.

West Riding Ruggers

We are a group of rug makers who meet at Bradford Industrial museum once a month. We welcome new members, our current membership is £12 a year. Please see our web pages for further details of our meetings.
We get involved in lots of activities, over the last four years we have been working with Bradford Libraries to make a WW1 reading commemorative rug that will be used for childrens reading events. This last year we have exhibited atYork Castle museum in conjunction with threads of war, and will be exhibiting at Bradford Mechanics Institute.
We made rag rug bunting to show at the International meeting of rug makers (Tighr) at Reeth in October this year.
We have worked with the The Big Ideas company this year to produce a wreath for "the Unremembered" in WW1. It has been on show at the National Army Museum in London, together with other wreaths, and we were honoured to lay it at the Cenotaph in London as part of the Peoples Parade.

West Riding Sailing Club

Formed in 1937, West Riding Sailing Club is one of the largest and oldest sailing clubs in West Yorkshire with around 300 members and 120 boats. We are situated five miles south east of Wakefield on Wintersett Reservoir with a sailing area covering approximately 100 acres. We are easy to find, being located next to the Heronry Country Park.
A full programme of training courses are provided through the club's RYA qualified instructors who can tailor their tuition to suit all levels - beginner to expert.
In addition to a comprehensive racing calendar and training programme, the club has an active social scene with events running throughout the year.
AGM February. Approx 200 members.

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