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‘Vital’ funding secured: Bradford project is revived by Lottery cash boost

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GIRL POWER: The Anah Project aims to help vulnerable BME women and young girls

GIRL POWER: The Anah Project aims to help vulnerable BME women and young girls

A Bradford project has been rejuvenated thanks to a much needed cash injection from the Big Lottery Fund after the council withdrew four years ago.

Bradford’s Anah Project has been helping Asian women since it opened its doors on 1st July 1993.

The Council funding was withdrawn on 31st March 2012 because the project wanted to remain a specialist service provider for women from the ethnic minority community.

The team behind Anah were determined to continue to work with vulnerable women and young girls, despite knowing that it would be a tall challenge to secure funding.

Throughout this ‘difficult period’ the management, Board Members and staff worked continuously to secure funding.

Eventually, in December of last year, the project was awarded £285,263 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, which aims to support those most in need and build stronger communities.

Today, that money is helping to enable the charity to continue to provide safe, temporary accommodation for single women from the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities.

CELEBRATIONS: The Anah Project team said they were delighted to receive the cash injection which would ensure they can continue to provide a vital service to the community

CELEBRATIONS: The Anah Project team said they were delighted to receive the cash injection which would ensure they can continue to provide a vital service to the community

Joyce Simon, business manager of the Anah Project said: “We were overwhelmed when we heard the news.

“I’m so happy that the Lottery was proud to support a unique specialist provider and the inspirational work that we do to help people coping with incredible difficult challenges to improve their confidence, learn coping strategies and feel more part of the community.”

The concept of the Anah project was borne from research carried out back in 1985, where a group of female Asian community workers studied what the needs of Asian women seeking temporary refuge could be.

Anah provides women and girls with the opportunity to access education and training; better manage their health needs and supports them to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem.

Many women who access the services come from some of the most deprived areas within the UK and as such are deprived of these opportunities.

Thanks to the Lottery funding, the charity’s immediate future plans are to raise awareness, both of the issues that they deal with and also of the service they provide.

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£50million investment!

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Bradford has been selected as just one of five regions across the whole of England to be allocated substantial funding to help improve the lives of tens of thousands of children.

As part of the Big Lottery Fund, the city will receive £49million as it takes the lead in a ground-breaking ten-year initiative to see what methods are best for laying the foundations for  zero to  three-year-olds to improve their future health, social and educational outcomes.

The investment aims to improve the life chances of more than 60,000 babies and children across all the regions, which also include, Lambeth, Southend, Nottingham and Blackpool.

INVESTMENT: Big Lottery Fund England Director, Dharmendra Kanani, pictured with Sonia Siddique and her children Ayaan and Aydin, at Bradford’s Talbot and Brunswick Children’s Centre

INVESTMENT: Big Lottery Fund England Director, Dharmendra Kanani, pictured with Sonia Siddique and her children Ayaan and Aydin, at Bradford’s Talbot and Brunswick Children’s Centre

Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery Fund England Director, explained more about the project and how important it was for children to get the best start in life.

He said: “Parents want the best for their children and as a society we know that what happens in the first three years of life profoundly affects a child’s future life chances.

“A poor start in life can affect your health, wellbeing, outlook on life and how you form relationships.

“Prevention matters more in the early years as we have a much greater understanding of what can and might improve the life chances of a future generation, that is why this investment is focusing on the three key areas of social and emotional development, nutrition, and language and communication development.”

Bradford Trident will lead the partnership in West Yorkshire’s selected city which will aim to engage with around 20,000 babies and children over the next decade.

According to Bradford Trident the district as a whole has significant deprivation and within the three target wards - Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton - there are high rates of infant mortality, child poverty, poor oral health, high child obesity rates, low numbers of school readiness and high rates of domestic violence and child protection orders.

Research shows that one in five children in the three wards have poor communication skills at the school readiness stage and one in three children have poor social and emotional development when starting school.

Meanwhile, this latest funding will also allow midwives caseloads to be reduced to enable more personalised care, provide more home visits and established links with children’s centres.

A ‘befriender scheme’ will be introduced for all expectant and new mothers affected by or at risk of postnatal depression, while a targeted service working with parents will increase their understanding of infant brain development.

There will also be home-based language development pro-grammes, outdoor play, story-telling, exercise activities and nutrition programmes.

Tens of thousands of vulnerable babies across the country will now get the chance to have a better start in life following the £215 million Big Lottery Fund investment.

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