A Bradford-based project which helps young people in the local area is facing an uncertain future – and needs funds to keep its doors open and get the level of support to the levels they need to be at. Bradford City Centre Project (BCCP) is one of the longest running charities of its type in Yorkshire and helps give support accommodation to 16 – 25 year olds in the Bradford and Calderdale area.
However, the charity failed in a bid for a contract from the city council around a year ago, and has since struggled to keep running the level of aid that they believed was needed as a minimum. Having previously operated 4 hostels across the region, but are now currently down to just two – with one of those due to close within the next few weeks. The closure of their Thornberry branch will mean that it is only their Manningham hostel that is available for the young homeless in the area to use – something which could greatly effect the local community.
BCCP is currently £75,000 in debt, and desperately needs funding to keep their doors open over the coming years – with founder Linda Gray making an appeal in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus for people to come forward and help out this most vital of charities. Speaking on Monday 26 January, Linda said “We are in need of funding to meet outstanding bills which have accrued during this very difficult period when we have maintained out 24 hour staffing and resource provision to ensure that all young people are safe.
“We are seeking funding to maintain a much needed service, inspired by young people in 1983 and still delivering a service today in the city which launched us and of which we are proud to be a part. Without additional investment we will have to close completely, and provision for the most vulnerable young people in Bradford will be severely compromised.”
While their debts may be beyond the means of most people to help with, any contributions would likely be enormously appreciated – and some of the most vulnerable young people in Yorkshire may be even more prone if the BCCP is forced to shut its doors for once and for all.