Two newly-formed Boys’ Brigade groups in Bradford are looking for more members.
The new companies – 2nd Bradford and 26th Bradford – together with the re-launch of the 5th Bradford Company – are providing more opportunities for children and young people in the district.
John Myers, development worker for The Boys’ Brigade in Bradford, said: “This past year has seen the creation of new BB groups across the UK, which is great news for the organisation and for the lives of hundreds of children and young people. We’re delighted to be increasing our offering in Bradford and to be able to engage with and benefit more children and young people through a programme of fun events and activities.
“Initial interest in each of the Companies has been high, attracting members across all age groups, which is encouraging. We are still recruiting new members to join us.”
There are now six Boys’ Brigade companies in Bradford, all of which are aimed at supporting children and young people to learn life skills.
The 26th Bradford, the brigade’s first partnership with The Salvation Army, meets on Tuesdays at The Salvation Army Bradford Citadel, Wibsey, from 7pm to 8.30pm, and is for boys aged between 11 and 15. The group is appealing for new members from the Wibsey, Odsal and Buttershaw areas.
The 2nd Bradford Company caters for children and teenagers aged from five to 15 and takes place at the Chapel of his Glory Church, Nelson Street, Bradford on Saturday afternoons from 4pm. New members are welcome, particularly those from the local Manchester Road and West Bowling communities.
The Boys’ Brigade has also seen the re-launch of an existing company, 5th Bradford, working with boys aged eight to 15. It meets on Mondays from 6.30pm to 8pm at Thackley Methodist Church, Thackley, and want more boys from the local area to join. The Boys’ Brigade is working on these three companies with Youth United, a network of volunteer-led organisations working together to increase access to the opportunities they offer young people, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
The project is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and is focused on ten key areas in England, including Bradford. The remaining three companies meet at Sunbridge Road Mission Church, New Hey Road Methodist Church and South Craven Baptist Church. To find out more about The Boys’ Brigade in Bradford, log on to boys-brigade-bradford.co.uk.
Pictured are members of the 26th Bradford group with new uniforms.