Name Description
VITAL Projects

Vital Projects are a Bradford-based registered charity, supporting those suffering with mental ill health across the City, District and Airedale and Craven areas since our establishment in 1999. We help vulnerable individuals to get their voices heard and to navigate the health and social care system to get the services they need for better mental/physical health. The organisation provides advocacy, befriending, volunteering/training opportunities for people experiencing mental ill health, or who feel vulnerable due to other factors, including older age, trauma and illness.
Feedback from our own experiences and from our service users shows that:
• Mental and physical health are inextricably linked, yet time and again people tell us that their physical health is ignored because of their mental health diagnosis.
• People with mental health issues tend to have a shorter life, and this is often due to their physical health being ignored.
• People feel like they have no choice in the way they are treated, that they are 'done to' rather than involved in their care.
• People are unable to get support because their mental health isn’t judged to be ‘severe enough’.
• People are not given hope and aspirations for their future, due to their mental health condition.
What sets us apart from other agencies in the local area is that, rather than focus on a specific field of intervention, we base support on the view that “people are humans not just a diagnosis”. We aim to support and empower our service users in all areas of their lives, not just in their mental health. We believe that everyone has the right to access services without having to have a ‘qualifying level’ of mental ill-health.
Our focus is to provide help though “Experts by Experience”. We believe that those best qualified to empathise and provide support and guidance to our target group are those who have faced the same barriers, engaged in support services and developed day-to-day and long term coping strategies. Our service is delivered by passionate individuals, many of whom have their own experiences of mental ill health and have benefitted from our service. It is these people who have designed and shaped our plans for delivery, based on the direct feedback given by service users. We are proud to be a ‘user run’ organisation focused on peer and mentor support.
At Vital we have developed unique workshops and resources that can support people to develop skills in managing and improving their mental health. The workshops also help people develop skills in communicating and discussing mental health within a broader context, reducing stigma and discrimination.
We can provide several different workshops that include:
• Mental Health Awareness
• Mental Health in the Workplace
• Self Advocacy – this workshop explores the barriers we face in trying to speak up for ourselves
• Self Care & Well Being
• Self Care & Prevention
• Advocating for Others
• Work Place Mental Health Advocacy Skills.

Vocal Aires Choir

We are a voluntary group who like to sing. No audition required, an ability to read music not essential. It is necessary to become a member of the "University of the Third Age"- your age is 50 years or over.
We meet once a week to rehearse and give concerts on request. We meet at Kirkgate Community Centre, Shipley every Friday at 1-3pm. Open to all senior citizens. We like to perform songs from the "Musicals". We sing some 2 part songs, and occasionally 4 part songs. Many of the songs are in unison. Our concerts tend to be held on request from community groups for the elderly.

Voice for Women
Volunteer Centre Bradford

Coronavirus Update from this group on 18 March 2020: "We are shutting all drop-ins for the foreseeable future. If you need any support and advice re volunteering either generally or in relation to COVID-19 please contact us via social media/phone 01274 725434 or email"

Provides a range of exciting volunteering opportunities, in community organisations, to suit people's time, skills and lifestyle. Volunteering improves mental and physical health. All the volunteer roles can be searched and accessed on our website.

We can help you find a life enhancing volunteer role in one of 600 local charities. We also provide fab support for groups to manage and recruit volunteers.

Volunteer Centre Work Shop

Retail Training for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Would you like to develop retail skills in a friendly and supportive environment? WE CAN HELP
The WorkSHOP team can provide you with support to build up your skills in a real retail environment.

What do we do?
WorkSHOP is a project that supports people to gain skills, confidence and work experience within a structured and sheltered work environment.

How much, when & where?
Cost: £35 per day
When: Wednesdays 10:00 -3pm
Where: The Second Time Around Charity Shop in Keighley.
Who is it for?
It has been developed for people who are not ready to work independently and require more tailored support to partake in work activities. Participants work in a group setting under supervision. They receive direct support from skilled staff.

What will I learn?
Participants also complete a portfolio that maps their skills development. By taking part in a real working shop environment people gain a wide range of retail skills including:-
• Customer Services
• Sales Skills
• Till competency
• Stock preparation
• Pricing
• Stock Rotation &
• Merchandising
Why join this service?
You can get lots out of your work placement with WorkSHOP! You will be able to:-
• Learn new skills
• Receive training
• Build confidence at work
• Enhance job prospects
• Be part of a team
• Meet new people
• Make new friends
• Grow as a person
• Have new experiences
• Have fun!
And much more!

Contact us!
If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Diane on: 01535 609506
WorkSHOP is a project of Keighley & District Volunteer Centre. Registered Charity Number: 1090144
Keighley & District Volunteer Centre, 23 Temple Row Keighley, BD21 2AH.
Phone: 01535 609506 E-mail:

War Widows' Association

The War Widows’ Association is essentially a campaigning group and is recognised as the leading representative organisation for widows of Armed Forces Personnel where death is attributable to service. Our work encompasses those who have suffered bereavement as a result of service, where death of a spouse or recognised partner has been caused or hastened by that service.
The Association is unique in that it is run completely by volunteers. It does not have any paid staff or permanent offices and is very grateful to the Royal British Legion for providing a mail room facility. Day to day Management of the Association is carried out by a Committee of Trustees; many have day jobs.
The Association does not provide direct welfare services; however, we ensure that through national events and our network of Regional Officers that our members receive support, guidance and friendship.

Wednesday Leisure Club
Well Connected
Wellbeing Café (Keighley)

Monthly meeting for people with mild to medium mental health needs. A social event with lunch, entertainment, support and information. Meetings are on the 3rd Monday of each month, between 1:30 - 3:30pm. Held at Central Hall on Alice Street.


Wesleys is a community cafe and community hub attached to Baildon Methodist Church. Each week around 1000 local people come to our premises. We host a wide variety of community groups serving all ages, from parents and toddlers, up to the very elderly. Our cafe serves affordable drinks, snacks and meals during the week.

West Bowling Activity Group
West Bowling Local History Archives
West Bowling Youth Initiative

The West Bowling Youth Initiative (WBYI) is a small charity and local voluntary sector organisation based in a multi-cultural area of Bradford. It was established in 1991 by local people to work with predominately young British Pakistani Muslim men, especially those who were at risk of offending. The initial project was supported by The Prince’s Trust and subsequently gained funding and backing from other charities, EU and government funding and ongoing support from the local authority.

Over the last 25 years, WBYI has broadened its remit and has developed a strong reputation for successfully engaging hard to reach young people, including those excluded or struggling at school, ex-offenders and those in the criminal justice system and others facing a difficult transition to adulthood. WBYI currently works with a core age range of 13 to 25 year olds including, employment support programmes; alternative curriculum programmes for schools and crime prevention work through personal and social development projects. In addition, school holiday programmes and sports activities cater for local 7 to 13 year olds and increasingly there is a demand for volunteering and leisure activity.

WBYI has evolved and is highly respected part of the community and increasingly works in partnership with other organisations – voluntary sector projects, sports clubs, employers and the local authority. It is also now engaging young people from other communities, including traditional white working class neighbourhoods (Holmewood and Bierley) and new migrant communities (Manchester Road and Little Horton) closer to the city centre. This is an indication of how WBYI has matured and is ideally placed to facilitate an expansion of its methodology to address new challenges with new communities.

West End Centre

The West End Centre is a purpose built modern community centre based within St Oswald’s Church.

The Centre is financially independent and distinct from it. The Centre serves all sections of the local community and welcomes people of different faiths, cultures and ability levels.

​It is a Registered Charity and Company Ltd by Guarantee. We are based in Little Horton, Bradford. The Centre opened in May 2005.

It has developed provision in line with the needs and wants of the local community.

We have a range of groups and activities delivered in the heart of the community.

We develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged local community of Little Horton and the City of Bradford in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet their needs and participate more fully in society.

We promote social 'inclusion' by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and helping them to integrate into society. This benefits the community, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious opinions.

West End Centre: Arts & Crafts
West Riding Ruggers

We are a group of rug makers who meet at Bradford Industrial museum once a month. We welcome new members, our current membership is £12 a year. Please see our web pages for further details of our meetings.
We get involved in lots of activities, over the last four years we have been working with Bradford Libraries to make a WW1 reading commemorative rug that will be used for childrens reading events. This last year we have exhibited atYork Castle museum in conjunction with threads of war, and will be exhibiting at Bradford Mechanics Institute.
We made rag rug bunting to show at the International meeting of rug makers (Tighr) at Reeth in October this year.
We have worked with the The Big Ideas company this year to produce a wreath for "the Unremembered" in WW1. It has been on show at the National Army Museum in London, together with other wreaths, and we were honoured to lay it at the Cenotaph in London as part of the Peoples Parade.

West Riding Sailing Club

Formed in 1937, West Riding Sailing Club is one of the largest and oldest sailing clubs in West Yorkshire with around 300 members and 120 boats. We are situated five miles south east of Wakefield on Wintersett Reservoir with a sailing area covering approximately 100 acres. We are easy to find, being located next to the Heronry Country Park.
A full programme of training courses are provided through the club's RYA qualified instructors who can tailor their tuition to suit all levels - beginner to expert.
In addition to a comprehensive racing calendar and training programme, the club has an active social scene with events running throughout the year.
AGM February. Approx 200 members.

West Yorkshire Branch Motor Neurone Disease Association

The West Yorkshire Branch is a group of volunteers, many of them with current or past experience of MND. They can provide support and information to people living with MND, their families, carers, supporters, volunteers and fundraisers.
Our monthly Carers Group offers mutual support to anyone currently caring for someone with MND.
Alternatively, our monthly Garden Centre meetings are a chance for anyone interested in the work of the MND Association to find out more, or just meet with old and new friends in an informal setting.
We also have a team of Association Visitors (AVs) and Care Volunteers trained to offer support, practical advice and information on all aspects of living with MND, from a listening ear to help with voice banking.

West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS)

West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) supports organisations to manage their finances more effectively and efficiently. Our specialist and highly knowledgeable team offer you training, support and tailored services to help you to better manage your finances and meet the various regulatory requirements allowing you to focus on delivering your services. Unique in West Yorkshire, WYCAS has been operating since 2000. In that time we have built up an excellent track record for providing financial management training and accounting services particularly within the voluntary and community sector.

West Yorkshire Iraqi Community Group
West Yorkshire Organic Group (WYOG)

WYOG is a community group which promotes organic gardening. Annually, we hold a Potato Day and a Fruit, Flower, Veg and Produce Show where entries are judged on taste rather than appearance.

Weymouth Centre

Weymouth centre is a community centre , that is used for Groups Party's Job club And for the community

Wharfedale District Scout Council

Wharfedale District Scout Council administers the rules of The Scout Association for the Scout groups in the following communities in Wharfedale: Addingham, Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, Burley, Menston and Otley. [The first 5 named are in the Bradford MDC area & Otley is in Leeds CC area]. It also manages the Curly Hill Campsite and Centre, and has oversight of the Reva Water Activity Centre.

Wharfedale District Scouts

serving young people across Wharfedale from Addingham to Otley

Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts