It is official the Playarea at the lower end of Peel Park will remain and be developed. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and hopefully many of you will want to have an input in redeveloping the play equipment for the future.

If you visit Bradford Industrial Museum you will see the beautiful banner that the Women’s Group made thanks to our friends at Hive.

Congratulations to the 4 people who have already passed their Life in the UK test since September!

There will be a Great Get Together event in Peel Park on Saturday 30th May. The event runs from 12.30pm until 2.30pm and will include Face Painting, Henna, Children’s Activities, Live Music and of course the café will be selling teas and coffees plus their usual delicious cakes.

Have you visited the Totem and Play Trail at Peel Park? There are 12 animal and bird totem heads dotted around the park plus 9 new pieces of play equipment. There is even a map with them all on that you can pick up from the Café or Communityworks so you can follow the trails. Can you find the snake? Or the butterfly

Totem and Play Trail Map

Cycle Lessons starting in Peel Park. City Connect Cycles are trying to increase cycling levels by offering free training to all adults in West Yorkshire. The training is carried out by professional instructors at a ratio of no more than 3 trainees per instructor. All levels of ability are catered for, from complete beginner to cycle couriers, with the aim of enabling people to confidently ride to work, for leisure, and general utility. If the trainee is a job-seeker, an apprentice, or has recently started work, they can also receive a brand new Raleigh Pioneer bike worth £400, complete with helmet, a lock, and lights for free. All they have to do is commit themselves to the training, usually a minimum of 4 hours, but it could be up to 12, depending on ability and progress.

Fantastic News: The Friends of Peel Park have successfully applied for £10,000 from the Big Lottery! The money will be used to purchase some much needed play equipment for a Play Trail for children and everyone to follow through the park. Parents were consulted about various possible items and very soon you will discover them as you walk around the park. We will also be producing a map with both the Play Trail and the Totem Trail marked on it to help you discover all the pieces.

Have you noticed 12 new creatures dotted around Peel Park? The Friends of Peel Park have been slowly raising funds through the proceeds from the cafe and our first big purchase is an Animal Totem Trail. There are 12 carved animal heads placed around the whole of Peel Park - see if you can spot them all! Can you find the spider?

Every Saturday morning Peelers Café is open in Peel Park for tea, coffee and homemade cakes and biscuits. Why not pop down between 10am & 2pm? Every first Saturday of the month there is a Litterpick which starts from the café at 11am. Come and help keep the park looking great!

Did you see us featured on BBC Look North? We were featured on Children In Need Day highlighting the wonderful work we do with children aged 5 through to 13. It included interviews with some of the children and was a really positive piece. All the children have seen it and any parents wishing to do so can ask at reception.

Zafar our Community Star

We are very pleased and proud to report that our very own Zafar won a Community Star at the Telegraph & Argus Community Stars Awards 2016 for being a good neighbour. I am sure you will all agree he is a very worthy winner! He was nominated by Maha Al Jaffan and Iman Ladkani who both came to the ceremony!

Communityworks wants to help you develop your skills and to that end we are running English Classes so that you can communicate with the world around you. This means that when you go to school or the doctors or the supermarket you will be able to hold a conversation and deal with situations that arise. One of the great results of our support is that some people are getting interviews for the first time in their lives and some are getting into employment and out of poverty. If you would like to change your situation then come along to Communityworks and we will support you.

Please note that Communityworks will no longer be able to assist adults that are unwilling to join a class and take some responsibility for their personal development. We want to empower people to develop their full potential not create a dependency culture. We think this is the best way forward to make a positive change and if you don’t quite understand our approach please talk to one of the team who will explain in detail.

Now that we are no longer responsible for delivering Children’s Centre services we are planning to start new things! For example during the summer we have been working with local volunteers and Bradford Council doing some community clean-ups! Local people - many from the Roma community having been working really hard to make some of our local back alleys clean and safe. See photos below to see the difference we can make!

Clean-up in action

Clean-up in action

Clean-up in action