Bradford’s City of Culture team has bagged a quarter of a million pound fund to boost ‘cultural volunteering’.

Bradford Council received £250,000 from London 2012 legacy funder, Spirit of 2012, ahead of the UK City of Culture 2025 celebrations.

Under the Bradford Cultural Volunteering Programme, around 1,750 volunteers will be recruited for the festivities.

It will be managed by Bradford Council in partnership with Community Action Bradford and Bradford Culture Company.

Bradford Council leader Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe said: “This funding will allow us to create new opportunities for great volunteers within the cultural sector and strengthen our existing volunteering links with communities.

“We know that winning the title UK City of Culture 2025 brings with it so many opportunities to the district and this is just one of them.

“The programme will be able to engage with people who may have never volunteered before, providing them with vital experience and skills and help to support the running of the events planned for Bradford’s UK City of Culture in 2025.”

Bradford is one of four locations which have been awarded a grant from the Volunteering Cities fund.

The other three locations are Conwy, Great Yarmouth and East Suffolk, and Medway.

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