Marchbank receives Lottery funding to improve community facilities

Posted on 10.06.2019

Dixons Marchbank Primary recently received confirmation of a £10,000 grant by the Lottery Fund to improve their community facilities and extend an existing programme of activities.  The money will be split between the repair and refurbishment of the school's community room and increasing participation in and extended community programme.  The overall objectives of the project are to increase community cohesion, reduce social isolation and learn new skills which enable people to progress. 

The community room, which houses a training room, kitchen, creche, toilets and an office will be renovated to extend the range of activities the school can offer, as well as improving the environment for visitors.

The remainder of the funding will be put towards the extension of an existing programme of community activities as well as marketing what is on offer.  This includes English lessons for adults, aerobics classes, cooking courses, arts and crafts, sewing and beauty classes.  To enable more people to participate, the creche facility will be extended and a range of providers and venues will help to deliver the activities. Examples include Bradford College, The Get2gether Group and Safety First. 

Dixons Marchbank, located on Barkerend Road is a primary school at the heart of a community with a high level of deprivation where opportunities can be limited.  Many students arrive with little or no English.  Engagement with the families and the wider community is key to providing an environment where pupils and parents feel supported and safe. 

Principal, Helen Haunch said:

"For many people in our community, what we provide through our community provision is the difference between social isolation or inclusion.  By offering wellbeing activities and access to practical skills, we can bring people together and give them the tools to progress.  We are extremely grateful to the Lottery Fund for recognising the importance of this project." 

Parent Involvement Worker, Sameera Khan said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to use this funding to improve the quality of life for people in our community.  With it, we will be able to enhance the wellbeing for different groups.  For example, many women in our community tend not to access exercise classes unless they are run by a female instructor.  Our aerobics classes will provide an opportunity for local women to come together, get fit and make new friends."