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Scholemoor Beacon: Supporting local people in South Bradford

Scholemoor Beacon is a small charity supporting local people in South Bradford. The organisation helps to serve the community on the Scholemoor estate and surrounding areas of Lidget Green, Great Horton and Clayton.

Founded twelve years ago by local people living on the Scholemoor estate, the group has gone from strength to strength, it was the driving force behind the regeneration of the former Scholemoor sports stadium, the group now offers daily activities and services to local people.

Based at Scholemoor Community Centre at Dracup Avenue, the organisation manages a sport and recreation site as well as the community centre itself. Working with local people from all different backgrounds, ages and abilities, Scholemoor Beacon provide a much needed service to people, many of whom are on the very fringes of our society in terms of facing socio-economic disadvantage as well as isolation from mainstream society.

Activities are offered on a daily basis and ranges from a breakfast club for children and families before school, ladies only exercise classes, coffee mornings and gentle exercise for the over 55’s, a monthly well being cafe for older people facing isolation and maybe getting a bit forgetful; right through to a bicycle repair project for children and young people as well as homework clubs, youth sessions, work club for the unemployed, stay and play for parents and toddlers and a whole range of half term holiday activities and celebration events throughout the year such as Eid parties and charity football tournaments.

Scholemoor Beacon actively engages and involves local people in the running of the centre and this involvement is to make sure that we continue to provide activities and support that local people want. There are lots of volunteering opportunities to help the organisation deliver activities and in turn give volunteers the opportunities to develop their own personal skills that will benefit them in the future.

There are dedicated trustees who give their time voluntarily to oversee and direct the work of the organisation. As with any small charity or local community organisation the group are always on the lookout for anybody with the relevant skills and interests to get involved and help contribute to the future of the organisation helping to serve others.

There are booking opportunities for parties and events for the community centre and opportunities to hire a junior grass football/sports pitch and floodlit multi use games area also. Anyway interested in becoming involved with Scholemoor Beacon or who can offer support in any aspect of the organisation please contact Susan Moreland or Matthew Milnes on 01274 5222231 or email susan_scholemoor@yahoo.co.uk

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