Buttershaw Christian Family Centre Ltd

Buttershaw Christian Family Centre Ltd

Charity information

Buttershaw Christian Family Centre Ltd

Buttershaw Christian Family Centre was set up by Buttershaw Baptist Church in 1990/1991 with the main aim of listening to local residents, identifying needs within the community, and finding ways to alleviate the plethora of social problems facing families on the Buttershaw estate in south Bradford. Like many similar organisations, the Centre has experienced a number of significant changes since its establishment, and has since grown into the leading provider of social care and community work in the area. Its aims are best summarised under the following headings:

Provision of childcare and parenting support – by providing childcare and education for children, the Centre hopes to encourage a new generation of young people to become more responsible for the community within which they live, and to adopt a more positive attitude in their personal development. Parenting support enables parents to access the help they need to cope with family life, which gives a direct benefit to the children in their care.

Community inclusion – the Centre provides a number of social events aimed at attracting people to the building which act as ‘ice-breakers’. These events are often in the form of lunchtime, breakfast and community cafés – places where local people can meet each other and staff, and familiarise themselves with the surroundings. Through this social interaction, individuals may feel more at ease to discuss issues that are concerning them, whilst also having the benefit of alleviating loneliness and social isolation which is prevalent on the estate.

Volunteering and training opportunities – central to the Centre’s aims is the recruitment of volunteers to participate in Centre activities. By volunteering, individuals develop a greater sense of ownership of the work carried out there, and it also provides an ideal platform on which to explore training opportunities. Because of the incidences of families who are on low incomes or are benefit-dependent, it is a priority to encourage people into paid work wherever possible by preparing them for employment.

Youth work – due to the high incidences of anti-social behaviour and drop-out rates from school, the Centre has a commitment to support older young people and youths in their personal and social development. By offering personal/family support and an alternative curriculum, the Centre is helping the most marginalised young people to re-engage with education.