Working in both BD3 AND BD5 Street Life Speaks Out (SLSO) delivers activities and interventions that are co-designed and co-delivered with and by residents.SLSO recognises that families and individuals in Bradford face many barriers to progression, they get so bogged down in simply trying to survive they do not have the strength to overcome these barriers alone, this is where and when Street Life can help.
- SLSO helps people understand their power to influence/ change situations through working together, campaigning and lobbying.
- SLSO builds people’s self-belief and self-worth and encourages them see worth isn’t only linked to educational attainment or material assets.
- SLSO values personal skills/ abilities and personal gifts and talents.
- SLSO builds knowledge and understanding of how simple behaviour changes can improve lives
- SLSO brings providers and people together to overcome fears of ‘the system’ and bring change to stifling bureaucracy through creating solution workshops where providers and people design services.
Street Life Steps Outuses walking to increase the levels of physical activity amongst our most marginalised and vulnerable communities. We know from experience and from research that many “standard health initiatives” often fail to penetrate our more complex, diverse communities. The ward this is based in provides limited access to leisure activities. The Ward Assessment indicates low levels of physical activity and high levels of adult and child obesity.
The project provides support to:
- Outreach into the community to recruit and engage new participants
- Market existing walk initiatives
- Links to wider health initiatives and information
- Access walk leader training
- Access road safety awareness training
- Plan and run walking groups
- Complete street audits to provide information to planners to improve street furniture and highlight hot spots for fly tipping/ littering/ dog fouling that prevent walking
- Run street action days to create better walking environments
Street Life & Company (SL&Co) is led by our young volunteers. They recognised a problem endemic in our community – social isolation and loneliness amongst vulnerable/older community members. They came up with a solution – SL&Co.
- SL&Co provides community development and making every contact count training to young people so that they are better equipped to identify and engage with isolated/ lonely individuals.
- SL&Cobuilds relationships with people and encourages them to get involved in outdoor/gardening/street activities e.g. recreating backyards into attractive, productive space or joining the Street Life Allotment scheme.
SL&Co’s aim is improve physical/mental wellbeing through valuing each person, increasing community involvement and building sustainable social networks across ethnicities, ages and genders.
Play Streets close specific streets to traffic on a routine basis and open that space to the community to encourage physical activity. They offer a high-impact, low-cost approach to encouraging and increasing physical activity; particularly in neighbourhoods that often lack sufficient open space for activity.
The overall goal of this project is to work alongside local residents to develop and deliverplay streets promoting play amongst children and the importance of play and play space to local residents, stakeholders and local council officers.
Bradford is akin to many cities across the UK with increasing levels of obesity, decreasing levels of physical play, social interaction amongst children and their peers and ongoing disintegration of neighbourliness and neighbourhood structures. Not only do play streets enable positive impacts on the issues around public health but allow more in roads into tackling the breakdown of neighbourhoods through parental and child interactions in a public space where all are equal.