23 projects supported to boost wellbeing in Bradford

Article dated Thursday Sep 7, 2023 at 11:18 AM

From bushcraft to breadmaking, cricket to crafting there’s something for everyone in the 23 projects funded by Bradford Council’s Public Health team.

There are a wide range of activities that adults across the district can try including group walks, outdoor cooking, creative writing, woodcarving, dance, arts, crafts, nature exploration and much more. Some activities are specifically for groups of people who are at risk of health inequalities, whilst others are open to everyone in the local community.  

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 were available and projects were encouraged to think about the long-term impact of the funding. Some organisations have chosen to buy equipment, such as gardening tools, that can be used for years to come, whilst will fund training for staff and volunteers.   

Organisation Name Area of project delivery Brief description of project Amount awarded

Cliffe Castle Support Group


Join us at Cliffe Castle Museum and Park for three autumn winter wellbeing sensory walking session and a full wellbeing walk training day, giving you the skills to enable you to deliver nature sensory awareness walks to your community group members, improving mental health and wellbeing through the winter months.” The first Wellbeing Sensory Walk will take place around the grounds of Cliffe Castle Park in September.

Contact: Val Preston ccsgcomms@gmail.com


BD4 Community Trust

Bradford South

Three wellbeing groups for older adults: Walk to Wellness, Swim Together and Gym & Life between September and March.

Contact: amie@bd4communitytrust.org.uk

or visit www.bd4communitytrust.org.uk

Telephone: 07803418396


Eden Community Association


Activities in parks and woodland including cooking on a campfire, making cordial from wildflowers, using leaves to create words, walking and naming woodland words, barefoot mindfulness, scavenger hunt. Primarily for south Asian women.

Contact: info@edenca.org.uk

Telephone: 01535 280770


Horton Community Farm

BD7 / Bradford West

Mindfulness skills with gardening activities and walks in nature. Activities around nature connection and organic food growing. Primarily for LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent individuals in Bradford who are experiencing long term health conditions and health inequalities.

Contact: mindfulness@hcf.org.uk


Many Hands CIC


Outdoor creative journaling sessions in local parks. Participants can choose their craft to make their journals unique and we will encourage the use of natural materials from the green space. We will supply crafting kits for participants to use.

Contact: manyhands25@gmail.com or message via Facebook: Many Hands 25 CIC 


Yorkshire MESMAC

District wide

Two new groups, NeuroQueer - A group for anyone LGBTQ+ and Neurodivergent (either diagnosed or self-diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia etc).

We provide a safe place to meet new friends, understand ourselves and one another, learn and have fun. We will also be running an art therapy group focussing on different hobbies and art forms as a helpful tool to manage mental health and wellbeing.

Contact: Char Mesmac c.dodsworth@mesmac.co.uk 

Telephone: 07407761569

Facebook: Char.Mesmac

Instagram: @Char.Mesmac


Create Strength Group

City ward 

Walk & Talk events and Mental Health, Resilience and Mindfulness Workshops for people struggling with substance use / addiction. New members are welcome, especially from South Asian, Central Eastern European and other communities. Encouraging healthier lifestyles, maintaining recovery from addiction.

Contact: info@createstrengthgroup.org 

Telephone: 07759 053653


MHA Communities

Clayton / Bradford South

Establish a community wellbeing hub in Clayton and deliver a programme of wellbeing activities including: cook and eat session, music therapy and Love to Move exercise for older people in the local area.

Contact: Julie Maude julie.maude@mha.org.uk

Telephone: 01274 397302 


Bradford Community Broadcasting Ltd (BCB)

City ward

Primarily for asylum seeking/ refugee community to learn to produce and present a series of focused radio features and programmes for broadcast on BCB Community Radio. Weekly sessions, including first 8 weeks training.

Contact: hello@bcbradio.co.uk


Hive Bradford


Weekly drop in sessions for people leaving statutory mental health care to promote their mental wellbeing through a range of media including visuals arts, creative writing and textiles.

Contact: joy.hart@hivebradford.org.uk

Telephone: 01274 598928


Keighley Association for Women and Childrens Centre


Creative arts, self care, mindfulness and Tai Chi, nature walks, knitting, embroidery, board games, cook and eat. Peer support.

Contact: robina@kawacc.org.uk or info@kawacc.org.uk

Telephone: 01535 667359


Staying Put

Across the district

A gardening project focusing on growing fruit and vegetables for eating, as well as flowers for victims of domestic abuse.


Reach Beyond / Millside Centre

City ward and Bradford West

Breadmaking, fitness sessions and creative wellbeing sessions and trips for asylum seekers and refugees.

Telephone: 01274 409664


The Girlington Centre


Health and wellbeing activities targeted at refugee families including weekly exercise and yoga, day trips, cycling groups, music therapy, drama therapy, mindfulness, cooking and food preparation, budgeting, art and craft workshops, skills building and volunteering opportunities.

Telephone: 01274 542454


Keighley Creative


A friendly and welcoming weekly creative drop-in group run by artists, for people who want to improve their mental health and wellbeing, get creative, and get out more!

If you’ve become isolated, are experiencing anxiety or other mental health or health concerns, come along to these relaxed, fun and accessible drop-in creative sessions and become familiar with outside green spaces close to home.

No previous experience is needed, and you don't have to be 'arty' to enjoy this group.

Contact: Ailsa ailsa@keighleycreative.org

or visit www.keighleycreative.org

Telephone: 07423 154855

Facebook: KeighleyCreative

Instagram: @keighleycreative 


Get Out More CIC


Outdoor skills sessions and environmental action days for people experiencing mental health issues. Focusing on improving physical and mental wellbeing through connecting with nature. Sessions will include a range of practical activities such as woodcraft, shelter building, and cooking over a campfire. 

Contact info@getoutmorecic.co.uk or visit  



West Bowling Community Advice & Training Centre

BD5 / Bradford East

A range of activities for adults in Bradford East including arts, crafts, games, puzzles; cycling, walking, gardening, walking, talk and tone, visit to parks, seated exercise, gym, yoga, dance, keep fit, aerobics,  grow, cook and eat sessions, behavioural change, one to one supports trip to RHS Gardens, talking therapies and support groups.

Contact: Firdos Husain

Email: firdos.husain@wbcentre.org.uk 

Telephone: 01274 733770


West Bowling Youth Initiative

BD5 / Bradford East

Woodwork projects; vegetable growing, self help and well being sessions, yoga and pilates, healthy eating and cooking sessions and walking groups. and visits to green spaces.

Contact: Aki or Nasar office@wbyi.co.uk

Telephone: 01274 394262 


Bradford People First & People First Keighley & Craven

District wide

Positivity Pop Up events at local parks in the district, primarily aimed at people with learning disabilities. The pop ups will have group exercise sessions, speakers, goodie bags and self soothe boxes. Our aim is to encourage people to make their own mental health self-care a priority, but doing so in a fun and positive way.

Bradford area  Contact: office@bradfordpeoplefirst.org.uk or visit


Telephone: 01274 744151

Keighley and Craven area

Contact: admin@peoplefirstkc.com or visit


Telephone: 01535 607222


African Caribbean Achievement Project

BD7 / Bradford West

Weekly walking group, including four culturally-based, historical walks, for adults primarily from the African Caribbean community. Learning activities including Black History Studies, employability support, help accessing online health information and camping trips.

Contact: Ann-Marie Smith ann-marie@acap.org.uk

or visit www.acap.org.uk

Telephone: 01274 720254


Lads West Yorkshire

City ward and Bradford West

A range of activities including self-defence, sports sessions, personal trainer and cooking sessions for Asylum Seekers / Refugees / Overseas students.

Contact: Anees Haseem

Email: ladswestyorkshire@outlook.com

Telephone: 07593287244


D R Woodland Wellbeing

Tong / Bradford South

Weekly men's wellbeing group with bushcraft activities including fire building and cooking in the outdoors. Chat with other guys, make new friends, cook a meal together and learn new skills.

Contact drwoodlandwellbeing@gmail.com

Facebook: D.R.Woodland well-being



BD3 / Bradford East

Gym sessions, yoga and mindfulness, arts and crafts, visits and trips, volunteering and learning, walks and exercise. Wellbeing sessions for south Asian women aged 55 and above. Also delivering a Happy Women group and My Space project for women and girls with additional needs.

Contact: info@womenzone.co.uk

or visit www.womenzone.co.uk

Facebook: WomenZonebfd



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