The Arts and Resources Centre for the Community – space to share – come and join us
Bradford’s voluntary and community sector has always been a thriving culture of small home-grown locally rooted organisations. These have been built by people in working class communities facing hardship and poverty coming together to collectively campaign against injustice and provide much needed services to their neighbourhoods. With increasing rents and rates, many of these small organisations now face financial difficulties.
Inviting you to a meeting. Tuesday 28th November 1pm to 3pm. At the Arts and Resources Centre for the Community
We think we have a solution to this problem The Arts and Resources Centre for the Community (ARCC) is a large building in Little Germany managed and part owned by Bradford Resource Centre. In the past few years the building has been largely unused due to funding cuts resulting in the closure of groups that used to live there. At present the space is used by Bradford Resource Centre for its continuing training programme and by Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank.
The building is a necessary home for the Food Bank but is too big and expensive for Bradford Resource Centre to maintain on its own. We hope that other groups will come and join us in the ARCC. They will get a city-centre base with car parking and shared facilities. We will be able to maintain and run our building efficiently. Together we will have a chance to collectively rebuild the voluntary and community sector we are currently in danger of losing.
Rents will be set on a sliding scale and there may be opportunities for everything from temporary hot-desking to long-term leases where groups could invest in adapting and refurbishing their space. The meeting on 28th November is about finding out what groups need and finding volunteers to put time and energy into redeveloping the centre - come and join us, everyone welcome!