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New Group at Cottingley

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We are delighted to announce that Why Don’t We has a established a new independent group at Cottingley Cornerstone. Pictured from left to right are the core team: Louise, Stuart, Tony, Rebecca, Nick and Harrie. We recently received funding from … Continued

Police & Crime Commissioner

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We applied for a further £2,250 from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund so that we could do more work on Hate Crime – and we got it! We have been working on this project with … Continued

Thanks Again, Sovereign

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We have been working hard on the Healthy Eating project and needed a bit more funding to develop that section of our website to the point where we could show it to potential commissioners. Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust came … Continued

We’ve Won the Lottery!

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… well, not quite but we have been awarded a grant of £29,133 by People’s Health Trust’s* Health Bloom funding programme. This is fantastic news for Why Don’t We. The grant will enable us to establish our own independent group … Continued

Safer Communities Fund

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Why Don’t We has received a very welcome cheque from West Yorkshire Police. The grant is from the Safer Communities Fund which is amassed from the proceeds of crime i.e. cash recovered from convicted criminals. Competition for grants was hot … Continued

Community Chest

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Why Don’t We has received £480 from Bradford Council’s Community Chest. The fund exists to support community groups, particularly in the set up phase. Why Don’t We is committed to spending as much as possible on running programmes that directly … Continued

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Why Don't We at Bradford College

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Since January 2015, Why Don’t We has been working in partnership with hft’s Radio 119 to raise awareness of disability hate crime. We were invited to present our work to fifty Social Work and Social Care students and staff from Bradford College and Bradford University.

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Typically, the technology took some time to sort out but there was no need to worry because Chris rose to the occasion and kept everyone interested and entertained whilst we sorted it out.

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Alan did a brilliant job as quiz master and kept everyone in order.

The quiz went down extremely well. It was a great, almost fun, way to present a very serious subject and kept everyone’s attention.

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The rest of the team were busy too. Louise and Rebecca gave out and collected quiz sheets and made sure that everyone was comfortable.

Stuart took the pictures.

We had some great quotes from participants.

Hayley wrote: “More people need to be aware of hate crime and more will be reported”.

Ayesha told us: “I liked that real stories from real people were told as they gave us a clear understanding of how people with disabilities feel”.

Well done team!

 

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Why Don't We at Royal Armouries

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We were invited to give a talk at this conference on Tuesday 17th November at the Royal Armouries, Leeds.  

We had half an hour to discribe our journey as we created Why Don’t We. This included slides of Viz-Able and the groups’ achievements and its survival as the recession hit. More visuals of Battery Man with a discussion of the hard work putting together the Why Don’t We community group and becoming a charity. The audience heard and saw how the monies acquired for Healthy Eating Project as well as the Hate Crime groups culminating with the amazing day at Bradford College.

Delegates from museums, associated charities and educators from across UK and Europe listened and laughed in all the right places. Our new Thursday group and our future took pride of place.

Why Don’t We look right, felt bright and will shine on.  So agreed all who were in the audience.

Thank you to Emma King for the invite.

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