A BRADFORD community project is among a number of grassroots organisations set to receive a share of a £100,000 joint fund.
The African Caribbean Achievement Project (ACAP) – which is based on Claremont, near the University of Bradford – aims to raise the achievement, attainment and aspirations of all young people, and also aims to bring communities from across the district together.
It is one of 12 projects across Yorkshire, the North East and Cumbria which will benefit from the Community Partnering Fund, which has been funded by Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid, and has been delivered in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation.
Claudia McFarlane, ACAP director, said the funding will make a “massive difference” to the lives of young people.
“This funding means a lot to us. It will help us to further develop therapeutic arts and crafts activities for vulnerable and isolated people in the community”, she added.
“During lockdown, a lot of people suffered from mental health struggles. But we can use arts to express our feelings and heal, and that’s why we decided to apply for the fund.
“This move was a direct result of requests from the community. There is a need for young people to express themselves, especially because our communities have suffered disproportionately as a result of the pandemic and job losses, and as they come from one of the most vulnerable communities anyway.
“We’re already doing lots with our educational programmes, including maths and science tutoring. We are an education charity, but we want to do more creative things – we recognise that there are many facets to our young people, so we need to work with families in a better and more holistic way.
“This represents a great opportunity for ACAP to develop services that complement our counselling service and our other support groups.
“If anyone feels they could benefit from our services, you can contact us on 01274 720254, or at office@acap.org.uk.
“We are a friendly and warm charity, and everyone is welcome!”
Kate Hainsworth, Chief Executive at Leeds Community Foundation, added: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Community Partnering Fund and support another 12 deserving projects through this round.
“Community organisations have been under immense pressure over the past 20 months due to increasing demand and limited resources.”
Other groups in West Yorkshire which received funding include Rackets Cubed, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Mother of Unfailing Help, Stepping Stones Baby Bank and Tangram Housing Co-Op.
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