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COVID-19 coronavirus
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Groups and activities cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, all activities at the centre are currently cancelled. We are working out in local neighbourhoods and any new activities will appear below.

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Dabble & Doing It Outside

6th June – Hirstwood Woods
19th June – Northcliffe Park
3rd July – Crowgill Park
17th July – Denso Nature Reserve
31st July – Baildon Community Garden

With Sponge Tree we are blowing the cobwebs off Dabble, Do & Tinker by taking it outside.
We are planning fortnightly challenges. Creative craft kits for you to play with nature in natural spaces.
For Hirst Wood, we will leave 35 activity bags by 11am, with instructions, materials and goodies to help children to complete an activity out in natural spaces. Please keep an eye on our Twitter feed or Dabble Facebook page - we will let everyone know when the bags have run out.
This is a pilot, so we may change how these are organised for future events.
This is designed for families to do individually and is not a group event. Please keep physically distanced from all other users of the woodland and respect their right of enjoyment and unhindered access through the woods.

Check Kirkgate Quiz, Dabble, Do & Tinker and Sponge Tree facebook pages or text Nicola at Sponge Tree on 07914495626 for more details.

Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

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Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Shipley Mutual Aid Fund
You can support the huge community effort to support each other during the coronavirus outbreak by donating to the Shipley Mutual Aid Fund.
Your donation will support our work and that of local mutual aid groups, food banks and individuals in Shipley during this crisis.

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.

Local support
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.

Emergency Food
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!

Donate to Bradford North Foodbank

Donate to Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank


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:

Call: 111

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.

British Gas
0333 202 9802

EDF
0333 200 5100

EON
0345 052 0000

N Power
0800 073 3000

Scottish Power
0800 027 0072

SSE
0345 026 2658

Click here for the Government announcement on securing energy supplies for all customers.