Community Programmes

Helping to get more out of life

Royds is a proven partner in delivering contracts that enhance the life opportunities and wellbeing of people of all ages – in Bradford and further afield.

Below are just a few examples of successful projects past and present. Here at Royds, we’re always keen to discuss new community projects or contracts which we can deliver ourselves or by working alongside other main contractors and partners.

If you feel your organisation might benefit from working with Royds as a partner – or you’d like to invite us to tender, just get in touch. Together, we can make life better for our communities.

T: 01274 355600
E: info@royds.org.uk

Current Programmes

The New Horizons Monday Club

Held every Monday and commissioned by Bradford Council, New Horizons acts as a day centre social gathering place for...

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New Horizons Haven On The Green

Haven On The Green is an informal wellbeing café afternoon for both older people and Carers and takes place...

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New Horizons at Royds Befriending

The New Horizons Befriending Service,  provided by Royds and commissioned by Bradford Council, offers company and friendship to people...

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Past Programmes

Befriending

Befriending is the act of visiting a lonely or socially isolated person in their own home to provide support and companionship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our volunteers haven't been able to visit people in their homes, instead they have been making phone calls to provide support. This has been an invaluable lifeline throughout the pandemic and at the height of lockdown, our volunteers were making 80 calls a week! Read Kathleen's story about how befriending has been a lifeline for her. We are always looking for volunteers to join our befriending team.  If you have three to four hours to spare a week get in touch with our volunteering coordinator, Betty - betty@royds.org.uk. Alternatively, you can download an application here to fill out and return to us.  We are very proud to have been awarded the People Can Kitemark, this is awarded to organisations that demonstrate their volunteering programmes provide the best experience possible for volunteers.

Social Prescribing

This project is a joint venture between Social Prescribers, Bradford City Council, Community Wardens and St John's Church. Social Prescribing enables GP's, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer patients to a link worker who will assist them to seek access to advice for welfare rights, housing and any other health care needs. Due to a blend of skills such as spoken languages, faith and non-faith communities attend the provision at the Church to acquire basic food items,  personal hygiene products, seek access to advice for welfare rights, housing and any health care. The Social Prescribing Link Workers role is to facilitate the process, this extends to befriending users of the service and a working relationship where possible.

Employment Programme

Many adults struggle to get into employment due to an accident, mental illness or lack of self-confidence. Our employment programme will provide the support needed to re-enter the job market.  Adults with a disability, long-term illness, or those experiencing minor to moderate health disorders who are wanting to get into work could get the support they are needing through this programme. Clients will be referred to us and will receive a recovery support plan. We aim to build our clients' confidence and make them more able to work through volunteering opportunities and work experience placements.

Delph Hill study programme

With Royds' help, community and environment charity Groundwork Leeds ran a study programme for 16-18 year olds at Delph Hill Community Centre in February 2015

Active Kids

Support to primary schools on healthy eating and exercise.

Positive Youth Action

A comparison project with Joseph Rowntree Foundation estate in York examining positive reinforcement of citizenship. Participants gained points for activities which could be traded in for rewards. The scheme operated in South Bradford estates.

Reach Programme

A three-year programme funded by the Big Lottery, delivering employment support, community development and community environmental support in South Bradford.

Healthy Living Programme

Delivery of a five-year healthy living programme based on family support, independent living for older people, benefits support and healthy eating and exercise. Project funded by the Big Lottery.

Community Centre Review

Delivery of demonstration programme for the Home Office on resident participation and involvement, provision of inspirational tours to Royds, consultancy support to new organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber and leveraging of grant fund management.

Neighbourhood Management

Delivery of demonstration programme for the Home Office on resident participation and involvement, provision of inspirational tours to Royds, consultancy support to new organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber and leveraging of grant fund management.

Guide Neighbourhoods

Delivery of demonstration programme for the Home Office on resident participation and involvement, provision of inspirational tours to Royds, consultancy support to new organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber and leveraging of grant fund management.

Employment Link

Provision of an environmental warden service in eight disadvantaged areas across Bradford and Keighley

Environmental Wardens

Provision of an environmental warden service in eight disadvantaged areas across Bradford and Keighley

Kickstart Business Support

Pre-business start-up support, business start-up support and business forum support in south Bradford and nearby rural areas.

A2E

Employment brokerage and support to Bradford job seekers in Leeds Road, Barkerend, Thornbury, Manningham and Girlington.

Streets Ahead

A Neighbourhood Management programme which leveraged spend allocation management in Little Horton, Canterbury and Great Horton.

Health Means Business

Health Means Business was an innovative health programme delivered by Royds for Wakefield NHS and designed to help workers at inner-city firms to adopt heathier lifestyles and avoid time off work due to preventable illness. From nothing, Royds built up widespread awareness and helped over 140 businesses and 396 employees through personalised, in-company, work-and-wellbeing sessions.

Everybody Active Every Day

The Everybody Active Every Day programme was designed to tackle rising obesity. Sessions for both adults and children included indoor and outdoor activities and were all held in Bradford community settings and conducted over several weeks. Specialists and trained volunteers also offered healthy eating advice.