The information on this page addresses some of the frequently
asked questions about DIVA Bradford. Click on any of the
questions below to be taken to our answer. If after reading
these you still have any questions, please get in touch.
My group is already on a
database, so why should I bother with DIVA?
There are indeed several other databases and directories, each
with their own specific purposes. DIVA Bradford works in partnership with
many of the organisations behind those directories to try and
co-ordinate things better and avoid groups being asked to fill out
lots of forms.
How do I add an entry to
the DIVA directory?
Visit the Get
Listed page of DIVA Bradford to check if your group or service
is eligible, and if so follow the instructions there.
What if I need to update
or remove some information?
Have a look at our guidelines for updating
If I put an e-mail
address on DIVA, won't I get lots of junk e-mail?
We don't display any e-mail addresses on entries for spammers to
get at. If someone wants to send a message to your group, they fill
out a secure online form and the DIVA system then sends the message
on to you, with their contact details included. By doing things
this way, anyone who writes only gets your details if you choose to
Will DIVA put my
home address and phone number online?
Not unless you want us to. If you are the contact person for an
entry on our directory, you choose the information that
DIVA Bradford makes available. We do require contact details for
someone in the group who is responsible for updating your entry,
but we never display these details online unless you also state
that these are for public use. Only the small DIVA admin team in
Bradford Libraries will ever have access to your admin contact
information. See our Data Protection page for more on
If your group would like to set up a 'care of' address for use
in publicity, Bradford Resource Centre can offer mail hosting to
local groups - ring 01274 725046.
My organisation has a job vacancy.
How can I advertise this on DIVA?
We have a job
vacancies section on which we can advertise any current jobs in
the voluntary and community sector. You can add a vacancy
yourself, and once it has been approved by the DIVA administration
team it will show up on our website. Every new vacancy
listed gets sent out via DIVA Bradford on
promote my group's volunteering opportunities?
DIVA lists paid job vacancies, but does not routinely
advertise volunteering opportunities. We would advise that
you contact Volunteer Centre Bradford or
District Volunteer Centre who can help you reach out to
potential volunteers. They are both dedicated to volunteering
and, as such, are far better placed than DIVA for advertising
The exception to this rule would be volunteer vacancies for
trustees or board members. It has been found that these
vacant positions have been succesfully filled through advertising
on DIVA, so will will allow this type of volunteer role to be added
to our vacancies section.
There is nothing to stop you adding information about
volunteering opportunities to you group's directory entry, of
course. This is totally fine for you to do. You may
also make use of the Volunteering branch of our forum.
Can DIVA help
me find some voluntary work?
We would always advise that the best way to start looking for
voluntary work is to contact Volunteer Centre Bradford or
District Volunteer Centre who can help you on your
DIVA Bradford staff do not directly play an active role in
matching people up with voluntary work. Our directory
includes a variety of organisations and groups in the local VCS,
some of whom will take on volunteers, but not all of them do.
Each individual listing in our directory should state whether
or not that group takes on volunteers.
The one exception is vacancies for board members and trustees,
which we do list on DIVA in our Vacancies section among the job
vacancies. So, if you are interested in that type of
voluntary work, it may be worth taking a look at our Vacancies
section to see if anything is currently available.
You may also wish to take a look at the Volunteering
branch of the DIVA Bradford Forum to see if there are any
recent topics there that are of interest to you.
We are holding an event. Can
DIVA promote it?
DIVA does indeed have an events calendar, and you are welcome to add your events
to it. Every event added gets sent out via DIVA Bradford on Twitter.
Where can I find the DIVA
When we first added funded services to our directory, these
services had their own mini-site. However, you will now find
all these services in the same directory as the organisations.
Organisation pages are purple, while Services are peachy red.
Community venues also have their own colour, and these are
I've got to ask… What does
DIVA actually stand for?
District Index of Voluntary Associations… but we think DIVA
sounds more fun, so we don't use it much!