Together Talks telephone befriending service

Together Talks is a telephone befriending service led by professionals from the NHS, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, the Bradford Voluntary & Community Sector and their partners. It will be delivered by trained volunteers.

Befriending improves feelings of confidence, well-being and social connectedness and can really boost the those who receive the service and also those who volunteer.

If you want to volunteer to chat to others or sign up and be matched to one of the friendly volunteers, please visit the website

Together talks
Together Talks

NEWS RELEASE: Shipley Town Council to urge Philip Davies MP to support Climate Change Bill in Parliament.

Shipley Town Council’s Climate Emergency and Environment Committee has voted in favour of supporting the Climate and Ecological Bill (CEE Bill), following its own declaration of a Climate Emergency in 2020.

The CEE Bill is a proposal for new legislation that has cross-party support. It was drafted by expert scientists, lawyers and academics and sets a viable pathway for the UK to do more to tackle the climate crisis.

If enacted, the bill will require the UK to go further in tackling the climate emergency. It will do this by ensuring that emissions from aviation, shipping and consumption are accounted for; it will require the Government to protect and restore habitats, woodlands, wetlands and the wider natural world and it will establish an independent Citizens’ Assembly that will engage with Parliament and Government and help develop the emergency strategy.

Cllr Darren Parkinson Chair of Shipley Town Council’s Climate Emergency and Environment Committee said: “It is crucial that the government listens to climate experts and takes the action that is needed to stop runaway climate breakdown.

“I am delighted that Shipley Town Council has agreed to support the CEE Bill. We will now be writing to Shipley MP Philip Davies to urge him to support this crucial bill through parliament. Only with urgent action can we hope to tackle the climate crisis and this bill will help make that happen.”

Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January 2021

The Chair of Shipley Town Council, Councillor Mike Connors, on behalf of Shipley Town Council, has attended an event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Councillor Connors heard accounts from a Holocaust survivor and accounts from their family members and others who suffered tyranny due to their identity.

There were further moving contributions from around West Yorkshire and beyond, from faith groups, community organisers, civic leaders and families and their children.

The message to everyone is Be the Light in the Darkness. All attending were invited to light a candle at home.

Holocaust Memorial candle

Speaking about the memorial event, Councillor Connors said:

“The Holocaust is the term for the murder of millions Jews by the Nazi regime and their collaborators during the Second World War.  Other groups were also targeted, including Roma, disabled people, Soviet Prisoners of War and civilians, Polish civilians, German civilians, homosexuals, socialists, communists, trades unionists, Freemasons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The evil of the Holocaust is hard to comprehend. To many, it seems a distant threat, a subject for history books.  However, such prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and hate are ever present in our society. 

As a Town Council and local community, we in Shipley must make it our duty and responsibility to ensure that the darkness of the Holocaust is forever bathed in the light of the values we seek to uphold: equality, dignity and love for our neighbours.”  

Shipley-in-Bloom Donation Point

The Shipley-in-Bloom Donation Point is the perfect opportunity to tidy out your shed, greenhouse or garage and give back to your local community!

Shipley Town Council will be running the first of a series of donation sessions on Friday 5 February 2021, from 11.30am to 12.30pm, at Red Beck Allotments on Otley Road in Shipley, BD18 2PT (opposite Shipley Church of England Primary School).

Members of the public are invited to bring unwanted gardening items to donate to the Shipley-in-Bloom campaign. All donations will be re-used, recycled or repurposed to save money and generate funds for the campaign to make Shipley blooming marvellous.

The following items can be accepted:

* Gardening tools (but no petrol or electricals, please)* Garden plants/trees (please bring in containers)

* Plant pots and containers such as window boxes and baskets

* Garden furniture

* Garden ornaments

Further donation sessions will be advertised in the spring but anyone wanting to donate at another time can contact the Town Council via or phone the office on 07517742566.

To make a cash donation to the Shipley in Bloom campaign, please contact the Town Council office as above.

Pictured: Female Meadow Brown on a thistle in Shipley

Find out more about fostering from the comfort of your own home

Online information sessions

The Bradford Fostering online events give you the chance to speak to an experienced foster carer and a social worker about what fostering is like and ask them your questions.

You’ll learn:

  • what it’s like to foster a child and what the full time and part time fostering options are 
  • what training, support and pay you receive when you foster a child
  • what Bradford fostering is looking for in its foster carers

Upcoming event dates:

  • Wednesday 27 January 2021, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 27 February 2021, 12-1pm
  • Wednesday 24 March 2021, 7-8pm

All events are held on Zoom and event details can be found on our website.

If you have any questions, have problems joining the session or would like to know more about the event beforehand, please:

We hope to see you soon.

Additional Restrictions Grants close 29 January. Apply now.

Bradford Council is urging eligible businesses to apply for the government’s Additional Restrictions Grant which closes this Friday, 29 January.

The authority has recently paid over £30m in Local Restrictions Grants to local rate paying businesses which have been forced to close.

Under the Additional Restrictions Grant, discretionary funding was provided to local authorities to support businesses that were not eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

In Bradford, the scheme has been designed to support non-essential retail, hospitality and leisure sector business that are operating in shared premises or where the landlord is liable to pay Business Rates.

It was also targeted to supply chain businesses. These businesses have been severely impacted by the pandemic because they wholly or exclusively supply businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, events or leisure sectors. The grant also targets self-employed businesses unable to access other government Covid support.

This grant scheme opened on 14 January and applications must be in by midnight on 29 January.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be trading in the Bradford District
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been legally required to close or significantly impacted by local restrictions
    • Detailed list of businesses forced to close: Closing certain businesses and venues in England
    • Businesses not forced to close are required to provide evidence demonstrating a significant impact on turnover/sales as a result of stricter social distancing measures being implemented.
  • be operating in:
    • independent non-essential retail
    • leisure
    • visitor accommodation
    • personal care and close contact services
    • retail
    • hospitality
    • retail hospitality and leisure (RHL) supply chain
    • entertainment and tourism (including events and supply chain businesses)
    • community facilities and centres, including faith-based venues
  • or be a home based or self-employed business that has suffered a significant impact due to restrictions.

Since March, 2020, the council has paid £124m to almost 11,000 local businesses via the Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business grants. This is the third highest of any council in England.

A further £6.9m of Local Authority Discretionary Grant funds has been paid to 639 businesses – the second highest in England.

For information visit Bradford Council’s Covid-19 Business Grants webpage or call Invest In Bradford on 01274 437727.

Microbusiness Support Workshops

Bradford District Microbusiness Support, which includes Shipley, is launching a series of free workshops commencing Wednesday 3 February 2021.

Workshop 1 – Managing Your Small Business Finances, Wednesday 3 February 2pm – 3.15pm

Workshop 2 – Survive and Thrive, Wednesday 10 February 2pm – 3.15pm

Workshop 3 – Take Your Business Online Part 1, Wednesday 17 February 2pm – 3.15pm

Workshop 4 – Take Your Business Online Part 2, Wednesday 24 February 2pm – 3.15pm

Workshop 5 – Service Excellence, Wednesday 3 March 2pm – 3.15pm

Workshop 6 – Tell Your Brand Story, Wednesday 10 March 2pm – 3.15pm

Please book online.

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Extraordinary Planning & Regeneration Committee

The agenda is now published for an extraordinary meeting of the Shipley Town Council Planning & Regeneration Committee, to be held on Thursday 28 January 2021 at 7.00pm. Members of the press and public are welcome to observe/listen to the meeting via video or telephone link. Members of the public can also address the committee during the Public Participation period at the start of the meeting.

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