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Barkerend community project celebrates its ten years
10:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A church-based community project in inner city Bradford is preparing to celebrate its tenth year on Sunday.
And at the Anchor Project Sunday at St Clement’s Church, Barkerend, people will tell stories of their involvement with the scheme which has been dubbed as ‘a blessing to Barkerend’ in supporting integration.
Activities that have taken place include toddlers enjoying eating strawberries that they planted themselves, children seeing farm animals or attending a library for the first time, adults reading English for the first time or being able to make phone calls in English.
Local beekeepers have also been able to promote and sell their BD3 honey, a local artist was able to showcase his work, and people were able to learn about cooking local food , composting and share gardening tips.
Indi Elcock, the project co-ordinator said: “We are working to challenge poverty, encourage relationships and promote social inclusion for elders, young families and minority groups. The work we do is both exciting and challenging.
“The parish of St Clement’s is an interesting place with 86 per cent of people of Asian or Asian British heritage, the vast majority of whom are of Muslim faith.
“There are growing numbers of Eastern Europeans and a small refugee and asylum seeker community. In a parish of 11,900 people, only six per cent class themselves as Christian.
“We have the exciting task of meeting people’s needs while encouraging relationships across barriers of faith, culture, language and age.’ Linda White, the project chairman and a member of the congregation said: “Over the past nine years we have been privileged to build up trusting relationships with our neighbours.”
The Anchor Project is looking for people from outside BD3 to become involved. Anyone who would like to know more about the work or discuss ways of offering support should contact Indi Elcock on (01274) 743054 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Anchor Project Sunday takes place at St Clement’s Church from 11am