Name Description
Upper bolton social club

Community Connects provides services for older people in the community.
Every Tuesday we have a lunch club with additional activities such as craft groups, exercise sessions, walking group, snooker, quizzes and table Games.
Thursday a coffee morning with exercise, day trips and supported holidays for Older People age 55 plus.

Upper Heaton Working Together Group

The group aims to promote community cohesion in the Upper Heaton (Haworth Road/Duchy Drive, BD9) area.
We invite all service organisations and public bodies etc who provide services in the UHWT area along with all residents of the area to be members of the group with the aim of coordinating events and activities and disseminating information.
UHWT aims to influence decisions of the council, councillors, police, housing authority and health authority to influence the provision of services and amenities in the area. We have been successful in provision of the MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area), Zara Sports Centre, play areas, seating, traffic control, clean and green activities etc.
The Zara Sports Centre is available for community use from 4:30pm daily and all day at weekends. Belle Vue Girls school use the facility during school time.
It is also used by the UHWT community volunteer sports leaders to promote good relations between young people in the area through various sporting activities.
The MUGA on Haworth Road is in regular use.In school holidays. Football and other sports coaching session can be arranged.
Programmes such as kick boxing, archery, boxing, cycle proficiency, are also arranged by the various organisations in locations in the UHWT area.

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association

UWFRA’s address `The Hut` may be a little confusing, but when the team was first inaugurated in August 1948, we kept our meagre supply of borrowed and loaned equipment in the local police cell. Over the first three years much talk took place of obtaining a garden hut or shed, and where it could be sited, but eventually a disused railway parcel van, was bought from British Rail and moved from the station platform of the Grassington and Threshfield Station onto a nearby car park. After much needed renovation, inside and out, the association had its `new` headquarters where it could house an increasing amount of equipment and hold its meetings. It was familiarly known as `The Hut` a name, which has continued ever since.

Some 14 years went by and the parcels van was outgrown. The team managed to obtain a much larger building, a disused signal box, but this was some 300 metres away down the railway line. The parcels van was moved out of the way on rollers and after much preparation, the signal box was moved by crane and low-loader into the vacated space. This building on two floors, allowed for storage, lamp charging, a radio room downstairs and a large meeting room upstairs.

In 1972 we learned that the ground upon which the signal box stood had been sold for housing development. A nearby friendly quarry owner, loaned us the temporary use of a storage building for our equipment and meetings had to be held in any available large room.

After lengthy negotiations, and with the help of a number of benefactors, the team moved into a new building in 1976. This was the first centre in the country built purely for the purpose of mountain and cave rescue, which gave the planners a few problems and explains why building looks more like a four bedroom house!

The new building was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in 1978. The new headquarters allowed space for all the varied equipment, a lamp room, a specialist diving gear room, a radio and communications room, control room, meeting room, office, kitchen and drying room.

Since 1978 there have been two extensions built to house the vehicles, trailers and to provide space for training. There is talk of a new extension to house the increasing amount of equipment owned by the team.

Upstagers Theatre Group-Ilkley
Victim Support - Bradford District

Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime, not only those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved. It doesn’t matter how old you are or when the crime took place – you can get our support at any time and for however long you need us.

We provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for people affected by crime and traumatic events – regardless of whether you have reported the crime to the police.

The support services we offer are tailored to the needs of each person. These include:
• Information and advice
• Immediate emotional and practical help
• Longer term emotional and practical help
• Advocacy
• Personal safety services
• Help in navigating the criminal justice system

Our teams of highly-trained staff and volunteers provide a wide range of specialist services that help people affected by all types of crime from burglary, hate crime, fraud and theft to domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and terrorism.

The impact of crime can be life-changing so we are proud to provide long-term support to victims of crime and traumatic events for as long as we are needed, so together we can move beyond crime.

Please see our website for more information.

Vision Homes Association

With 30 years experience, Vision Homes Association provides specialist support for adults who have not only visual impairments but additional conditions such as:
Learning Disabilities
Physical Disabilities
Acquired Brain Injuries
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Complex Health Needs
Challenging Behaviour

Vision Homes Association strives to provide “bespoke” services, developed
around each individuals needs, aspirations, assessments, and information
from key persons in their life. Personalisation of the service is then maintained
through person-centred-planning, in a format that reflects the
individual’s preferred communication methods.

Vision Homes Association can support you and your family by providing specialist
support on the following basis:

Assisted / Supported Living
Residential Support
Sitting Service
Community Support

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
Voluntary Service Overseas

Voluntary Service Overseas offers volunteer opportunities in more than 30 developing countries in Africa and Asia. We are looking for skilled people from many different backgrounds, including education, health, IT and engineering. By volunteering with VSO, you can help combat poverty and improve the quality of life for people who need it most. Requirements do vary, but you will typically need: * between 2-5 years' professional experience * an official qualification, such as a degree, to help secure your work permit * to pass a medical check and a criminal record check * to be ready to start within the next 18 months * to be available for a placement that will last from six to 24 months.
The basic requirements may vary depending on the skill area, role length and the requests we receive from our overseas partners.
There are also a number of opportunities open to young people aged 18-25 under the government's International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
VSO's are paid an allowance in local currency, plus accommodation, flights and other items. To get in touch with current or returned volunteers come to a Meet VSO event, where you'll get to hear volunteers. See the website's Events page.
You can also ask volunteers questions online, on our Facebook page.
To find out firsthand what it's like to be a VSO volunteer read the personal blogs written by volunteers currently serving overseas.

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:

Volunteering Matters

So we bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering.

We partner with communities to overcome adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunity and making sure young people can lead change. And because we’re a national charity, we do this at scale, sharing our expertise and building partnerships to make an even bigger impact.

We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.

In October 2020 we launched new strategy – Our Manifesto for Change. Based on the impact our volunteers and programmes have in communities across the UK, we will bring people together through volunteering to build stronger communities so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

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
Welfare Rights Advice at Cancer Support Yorkshire

<p>Our Welfare Rights Advisers are here to help with the financial and practical issues faced by cancer patients, their carers and families. Your named adviser will assist you at home, at a hospice, in hospital, at the Centre or on the telephone.</p>
<p>Our specialist Welfare Rights service provides free information, advice and support to cancer patients and their families in the Bradford & Airedale district and surrounding areas.</p>

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 Bradford Bowling Club

West Bradford Bowling Club offers an ideal location for a variety of functions or as a meeting place. The comfortable bar and lounge, with a small dance floor, provides an ideal venue for a birthday, anniversary or other family celebrations. The club offers free WiFi and light refreshments, including hot snacks or cold food, and can be provided at competitive prices. Alternatively, party organisers are welcome to provide their own catering. The club has one of the best bowling greens in the Bradford district which can, subject to availability, be used at certain times of the year to enhance any social occasion. West Bradford Bowling Club always welcomes new members.

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