Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has teamed up with a youth association to secure new funds for youth initiatives in Bradford.
The Bradford-based housing association has paired with the Hollings Youth Association (HYA) to successfully apply for a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme to deliver various targeted activities for young people.
The Awards for All grant will be used to launch a programme of activities geared towards empowering residents between 10 and 25 years old.
MHA’s chief executive Lee Bloomfield said he hoped that the grant would start a ‘new beginning’ for younger members of the community in Manningham.
Bloomfield (pictured) said: “The Board of MHA recently approved a Community Investment Strategy which lays out our continued commitment to support, engage and invest in community sustainability.
“We have previously collaborated with HYA and are firm admirers of the wonderful work they do.
“It was a pleasure to partner with them in putting together the Big Lottery Fund application and I am delighted for the young people who will benefit directly.”
MHA was founded in 1986 and now manages more than 1,400 homes for more than 6,000 residents in Bradford and Keighley, mostly from the South Asian community.
HYA, meanwhile, is a not-for-profit organisation also based in Manningham which helps young people through personal, social and educational interaction.
The two Bradford-based community organisations began working together on the application last year, long before the COVID-19 outbreak.
The programme the pair are putting together will range from bespoke skills development projects through to anti-obesity initiatives to promote health and wellbeing.
A delivery plan for the activities is now being jointly finalised between the two associations and will be rolled out as soon as it is safe to do so.
Imran Khan, HYA chair, said: “It is vital that everyone feels they have a stake in their local community, particularly young people.
“There is no doubt that the next few months will be tough, but I firmly believe that areas like Manningham will emerge from these challenges stronger than ever before. Exciting times lie ahead.”
Barrington Billings, chair of the MHA Board, added: “Partnership working is incredibly important to us as we seek to play our part in building stronger communities, advocating healthy living, improving educational attainment levels and enabling residents to better access training and jobs.
“HYA has a deserved reputation for helping young people in Manningham to achieve their potential at the heart of one of the most richly diverse parts of Bradford. They are ideal partners.
“The funding will allow us to provide a pathway for young members of the community to broaden their experiences and meet new friends.”
Back in March MHA was awarded the highest achievable gradings by the Regulator of Social Housing, the body responsible for overseeing the performance of housing associations in England.
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