Celebrating the district’s passionate people and amazing volunteers

You won’t be surprised to hear that researchers have found that the people of Bradford are more likely to give to charity than anywhere else in Yorkshire. The Cabinet Office Place Survey found that volunteers in Bradford are more likely to volunteer than those from anywhere else in Yorkshire. What’s more we are the fourth most generous city in Britain and the sixth kindest!


The district’s volunteers do some amazing things that you might not know about:

The Bradford Police Museum at City Hall is run entirely by volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer in one of our museums, you can contact Janet Bruce on janet.bruce@bradford.gov.uk

A team of committed volunteers provide dedicated support for male victims of domestic abuse in Bradford, one of very few in the UK.

Local people volunteer through the British Red Cross, with some on standby to drive a camper-van to homes which have been affected by fire. As well as providing emergency accommodation the volunteers also provide a welcome cup of tea and place of safety for families who may have lost everything. If you’d like to get involved you can visit the Red Cross emergency volunteering site.

Our community campaign ‘People Can Make a Difference‘ is actively promoting all the good things that people are already doing in their communities as well as encouraging more people to volunteer and get involved in community life.

Foster Park community clean-up

A community clean-up took place in Denholme village centre. People came together on 29th September in Foster Park to take part in a litter-pick.

The clean-up was led by Denholme Town Council. Staff from Bradford Council’s Neighbourhood Service helped out, with the Council Warden for Bingley Rural joining in and giving gloves and litter-pickers to the volunteers, with the Clean Team taking away the rubbish afterwards. Children from the village primary school also joined in on the day.

Children at a community clean-up in Denholme village

The clean-up supported two recent initiatives in the village – Bradford Council has recently installed two dog-bag dispensers, purchased by Denholme Town Council, and the formation of a Friends of Foster Park group is being considered.

Get involved

There are hundreds of other events taking place all over the district, you can find out how people can make a difference everyday.

If you want to join our community campaign please like and share the People Can Facebook page and get involved.

Go on, do something positive for your community. Anyone can volunteer. It doesn’t matter what your skills, experience or background are or how much time you have to give. You can easily find an amazing volunteer role to suit your lifestyle and availability.

Community Stars

Many people have shown appreciation forpeople who have already done something amazing, by nominating them for Community Stars awards – an event sponsored by the Telegraph and Argus, celebrating the real stars of our communities.  The awards celebrate those who quietly get on and help those around them, whether it’s being a good neighbour, a tireless volunteer, a fundraiser for local causes, a young active citizen, or an all-round community champion.

All of our stars will be featured in the T&A, with awards made on 7 December at the Midland Hotel. The honours are organised by the T&A and Bradford Council in an effort to ensure that unsung heroes from across the district are recognised for their commitment.

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