Due to the escalting COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, all activities and groups at the centre are currently cancelled. Any new activities will appear below.
Neighbourhood mutual aid
We are supporting neighbours to set up groups to support each other. Most neighbourhoods now have a Mutual Aid Network, where neighbours can share information, ideas and support.
We will be adding a list of neighbourhoods very soon.
If you would like to find your local network or set up one for your neighbourhood, please email us and we will support you.
We are busy setting up a support centre at the Kirkgate Centre. Full details will be posted here very soon.
If you need help right away, please email us or call the Bradford Council helpline 01274 431000.
Foodbanks There are a number of local foodbanks in Shipley, Bingley, Windhill and Baildon supplying emergency food parcels to those in need.
Local foodbanks may require a referral. The Kirkgate Centre can provide a referral for you. Please let us know by email or text on 07429 128238 giving your name, address and phone number.
We are monitoring texts and emails, and can call you back very quickly. We will do our very best to match you up with the nearest and quickest source of help and will get food to your doorstep if possible.
Please also call the council on 01274 431000 if you need support with housing or financial issues. If you don’t have phone credit but can email, email us and we will call you back and help get you in contact with those that can help.
How to support foodbanks Government guidance asks people to avoid: • making unnecessary journeys • buying more than you need from supermarkets
The best way to support local foodbanks is to donate money directly to them. Even the smallest donation makes a difference. Foodbanks can then buy what they need directly from suppliers at lower prices. This allows them to meet a wider range of needs and ensure parcels contain balanced meals.
Gift Aid When you donate, please tick the Gift Aid box if you pay income tax. With Gift Aid, foodbanks can turn every £1 donated into £1.20 by claiming tax back from the Government. This gives foodbanks 20% more buying power than you!
At the time of writing, donations of £8,652 to Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank had grown by a further £1,825 just from Gift Aid!
Donating food Donating food is still very important. If you you live in Shipley and have non-perishable food items to donate, please email us and we will arrange collection from your doorstep.
Please avoid unnecessary journeys and do not leave food outside the Kirkgate Centre.
Help and Support
Bradford Council You can find details of many council services and how to volunteer to support the community effort at: https://www.bradford.gov.uk If you are in urgent need of any practical help or support, for example with food or because of financial hardship, please call Bradford Council’s helpline.
You can also call this number to report other concerns and to register as a volunteer to help the wider support effort. Call: 01274 431000
If you don’t have little or no phone credit but can email us, please email us your phone number and we will call back.
NHS If you need medical advice or help, please visit:
NHS website: https://111.nhs.uk If the website isn’t accessible or useful:
Mental Health If you need urgent help call First Response: Call: 01274 221181
Universal Credit If you are facing financial difficulties you may be eligible for Universal Credit, which is the main State welfare benefit.
Universal Credit website: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit Telephone Mon - Fri, 8am to 6pm Telephone: 0800 328 5644 (choose option 2, then option 3) Textphone: 0800 328 1344 (choose option 2, then option 3) NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 328 5644
Gas and Electricity If you are unable to top your prepaid meters, you should contact your energy supplier. They will ensure your energy supply is not cut off.
If your energy supplier isn’t listed below, you can find their customer support number on their website and on most emails or letters they have sent to you.