Provident Good Neighbour Community Programme
We are spreading some Christmas cheer this year through our Good Neighbour Community Investment Programme, donating over £15,000 to a range of community groups.

Good Neighbour is Provident’s flagship community programme. It’s our way of supporting the communities we operate in, and it helps fulfil our ambition to be the UK’s leading community-based lender by creating opportunities for our people to work side-by-side with our community partners.

Donations in Bradford

We have made donations to Bradford based charities One In A Million, Joshua Project, and Scholemoor Beacon, which have all received donations to help towards the cost of buying gifts, food hampers, winter warmers and providing Christmas parties for local residents.

The Gateway in Ravenscliffe, Bradford Soup Run and Horton Housing have also received funding towards their Christmas appeals.

In Holme Wood, our funding was used to buy food items which children from a local school packing to make up 110 hampers for local families.

Kids packing hampers at Holme Wood

Collections In The Office

Colleagues in our Bradford Head Office are busy collecting 160 gifts for the young people from Sedbergh Youth and Community Centre, our longest standing Good Neighbour partner. In addition our Contact Centre staff are collecting toiletries for the homeless at the Immanuel Project. The gifts will be given out when Santa visits the projects during their Christmas parties.

Further afield, colleagues are busy with a variety of campaigns in their local areas, collecting gifts and hampers for their communities. Santa may well have some more surprises up his sleeve too…

One In A Million

One in a Million is a Bradford-based charity that works in partnership with Bradford City Football Club to help children and young people, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds. One in a Million provides education in and out of school through their sports, arts and enterprise programmes.

Joshua Project

The Joshua Project is based in Great Horton, one of the most economically deprived areas in Bradford and the UK. The project provides safe and self-esteem enhancing activities for young people in a positive environment. Over 400 young people aged between nine and 18 visit the project each week to take part in a variety of innovative, positive and engaging activities including youth clubs, drop-in sessions, music and media workshops, boxing academy, football training and mentoring.

Scholemoor Beacon

Scholemoor Sports Stadium was built as a footballing centre of excellence in the 1980s. The centre included a full sized Astroturf pitch, indoor 5-a-side pitches, practice areas and changing rooms but it was allowed to fall into disrepair and was finally demolished by Bradford Council in 2001. The derelict site became a blight on the estate.

In 2004, a dedicated team of residents came together with a vision to make the area safe and accessible for local residents, and to create a community to be proud of. This group became known as Scholemoor Beacon.

Provident been working in partnership with Scholemoor Beacon since 2004.

The Gateway

The Gateway Centre has been established to create and promote opportunity, equality and well-being for the residents of the Ravenscliffe and Greengates area.

The centre is run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who aim to provide a meeting place and resouce for local people to access information and services to increase well-being and healthy life style choices.

Bradford Soup Run

The Bradford Soup Run offers food, clothing, blankets and encouragement to the homeless in Bradford. We meet more than 90 people on Friday nights, and at Christmas and New Year. Every week The Bradford Soup Run cooks a big meal which typically features fruit juice, soup, bread, home-made stew (meat and 12 veg!), tea, coffee and biscuits, fresh fruit, and crisp-type snacks (to save for later)
They also supply sleeping bags, duvets and clothing to those in need.

Horton Housing

Horton Housing Association was registered as an Industrial and Provident Society in 1985 with the aim of working in partnership with other registered housing associations in order to meet a specific range of unmet housing and support needs that were being identified by Bradford Day Shelter; a registered homelessness charity working in the city centre of Bradford and now part of the range of services managed by the Association.

Holme Wood

Holmewood Executive is a resident led community group working on behalf of all residents of the Holmewood estate in Bradford, one of Europe’s largest social housing estates with approximately 3,500 homes.

Provident funding supports the organisation’s administrator role and a healthy eating project which links local schools and community groups in the area.

Sedbergh Youth & Community Centre

The Sedbergh Youth and Community Centre covers the Buttershaw, Low Moor, Woodside and Wibsey areas of Bradford delivering a range of projects for the local community, including a youth club, a parent and toddler group, a young at heart group and holiday play schemes.

Immanuel Project

The Immanuel Project provides a safe environment for vulnerable and homeless people at the Life Centre in Bradford. The project provides a warm healthy meal and joins people together to sing and worship at what they call ‘street church’. It also provides health and beauty treatments offering haircuts and make-up application and local chiropodists visits when they can. Talks are given on the dangers of drugs and those who struggle with reading and writing are helped.

 

To read more about our Good Neighbour Programme and to find out how we support projects around the UK, click here.