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Believing in Bradford Recruitment of New Ambassadors

Do you love Bradford?  Are you passionate about representing the District in a positive light? If so, Believing in Bradford might be for you.

Believing in Bradford is recruiting new Ambassadors for the 2019-20 year.

Believing in Bradford is a highly successful programme, set up in 2016 by the city’s Lord Mayor and the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Toby Howarth.  It brings together people from across Bradford District from a whole range of different backgrounds, ages, cultures and faiths. Over the course of a year they act as ambassadors for the district and represent our diverse communities at a range of events and occasions.

Councillor Doreen Lee, this year’s Lord Mayor of Bradford said, “Believing in Bradford provides people from across our district with a rich opportunity to showcase our considerable strengths and unique attributes in a very positive light.

“I welcome the group’s support during my Civic year and look forward to getting to know them all.  I hope they will grow as individuals and as a group as they undertake their valuable ambassadorial work.”

The Right Reverend Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford, said, “Since 2016 Believing in Bradford has given people the chance to work and learn together, representing our District and developing projects and skills which will benefit Bradford.  I am delighted that we will be welcoming a new group of Ambassadors in the autumn, and I look forward to getting to know them and working with them.”

Believing in Bradford Ambassadors take part in a fixed programme of four exciting training and development events.  At these events they spend time with each other, learning with and from each other, and trying together to arrive at a better understanding of our shared city and district.

Ambassadors support the Lord Mayor at a variety of civic events – these may include Remembrance Day and Bradford City Fire commemorations, Christmas, Eid or other faith-based events, or peace vigils which occur from time to time in response to local, national or international events.

Projects that have happened or are underway include taking part in the annual Dragon Boat Festival, a running group which is aiming to organise a community marathon, coordinating a database of stories from people from other countries who have come to call Bradford home, or celebrating the role of Women and Faith across Bradford.

Ambassadors build new friendships across Bradford’s different communities, with people they might not otherwise have met. They develop new skills, and knowledge about how Bradford works, and what flourishing cities look like.  They gain confidence in standing up as a representative of our great city and district.  And they meet people and have experiences that they will never forget!

Application forms are available from Carmel Dylak on 0113 353 0290 or Carmel.Dylak@leeds.anglican.org.

For informal conversations about what the programme entails, people can call Andrew Howorth on 01274 232442 or Cat Thatcher on 01535 648391.  The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 30 August.

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