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Innovation Fund projects

Find out below all about the projects we have funded through our special Innovation Fund.

These projects are all working with expectant families or families with children aged 0-3 in the Better Start Bradford area to help them: eat well and be healthy; talk and communicate well; be confident, friendly and understand their emotions and behaviour.

Womenzone Play Gym and Healthy Cafe

The Womenzone Play Gym and Healthy Café will be a fun, creative play space for 0-3s, which will also provide parents/carers with support, practical training and advice around their children’s social, physical and emotional development. It will be based at Womenzone’s premises in Bradford Moor with sessions running every morning and afternoon, six days a week.

The play gym will be a fantastic space for parents/carers to develop their own learning and understanding around their children’s social, physical and emotional development whilst at the same time involving their young children high quality play opportunities, delivered by experienced and qualified play workers.

In addition, there will be a host of other support available for families in the form of workshops, Better Start Bradford projects and other agencies, with topics ranging from oral health, healthy portion sizes and language development, amongst many others.

The play gym will be free for families in the Better Start Bradford area with children aged 0-3, and the healthy café will have minimum charges for food and drink.


Funding

Womenzone CC received £99,600 to to open the Play Gym and Healthy Café.


Contact

Sadia Sajid
Development Manager
Womenzone
07951 627 076
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Older Yet Wiser: Grandparent Workshops

A series of unique workshops for grandparents with child-caring responsibilities for their grandchildren.

Many more grandparents are providing regular care. We know that grandparents are the linchpin of family life and contribute to a grandchild’s growth and development, increasingly play a crucial role within the extended family.

These workshops, designed and delivered by ChildsSide, help grandparents understand what they can do to make a greater impact on a grandchild’s life and enable them to contribute to their social and emotional wellbeing.

The six two-hour sessions are designed for especially for grandparents. Coursework and group activities give tools to enhance the grandparent-grandchild relationship, whilst sharing up-to-date knowledge on giving children the best start in life.

The six sessions are a fun, informative, supportive and safe environment to to learn about a multitude of topics including:

– An introduction to brain development and childhood
– Child-led play
– Feelings and emotions
– Gaining co-operation
– IT skills
– Managing Emotions

Workshops will be listed on our events page when the project begins.


Funding

ChildsSide CIC received £75,700 to deliver their Older Yet Wiser Project.


Contact

Liz Ranson or Judith Shalkowski
ChildsSide CIC
07519 860089
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Growing Together

Growing Together will teach families with children aged 0-3 how to grow their own fruit and vegetables in the friendly community setting of Horton Community Farm.

A partnership between Horton Community Farm and Grow to School, Growing Together Bradford will share knowledge and skills around food growing, simple cooking and eating using the produce grown and exploring and engaging with nature.

Led by experienced practitioners, sessions will give families with 0-3s:

– An opportunity to grow and share a love of fruit and vegetables
– Skills and confidence to grow their own produce at home
– The chance to explore and engage with nature
– A free community space for growing
– The opportunity to make healthy food and snacks together using different fruit and vegetables grown

Sessions will last up to two hours, running morning and afternoon once a week over blocks of six weeks. Dates will be listed on our events page.

Three additional outreach courses will take place at SHINE, Chas @ St Vincent’s and Canterbury Centre for Children and Families. These community spaces will be supplied with the Growbag food growing resources, sessions to teach them how to use it and the plants and seeds to get them growing.


Funding

Growing Together received £30,379 through the Innovation Fund, this includes £5,000 from our Better Place project.


Contacts

Charlie Gray
Horton Community Farm
07403 394142

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Grow to School CIC
07710 084388

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Enhancing the HABIT

HABIT (Health visitors delivering Advice in Britain on Infant Toothbrushing) is a Medical Research Council funded research intervention designed by the School of Dentistry at the University of Leeds. It supports health visitors to have effective conversations around oral health with families.

An early phase study in Bradford showed sustained improvement in children’s oral health behaviour following the HABIT intervention. This Innovation Fund funding is now being used to enhance the HABIT project through refined training and making the resources as accessible to as many Better Start Bradford families as possible, especially those at high risk of dental decay. 

Delivering ‘Enhancing the HABIT’ in the Better Start Bradford area means health visitors can provide families with a toothbrush, toothpaste, resources (HABIT leaflet and videos) and a toothbrushing demonstration. They can also discuss any concerns families may have around oral health, identifying one behaviour they would like to improve in their children’s oral health routine.

Over 12 months, the team will work on different parts of the HABIT intervention to ensure wider access to local communities, refine the training for health visitors and embed different HABIT messages at key visits within the health visiting programme. At each stage, they will evaluate these enhancements to ensure they are fit for purpose.


Funding

The School of Dentistry at the University of Leeds have received £109,000 through the Innovation Fund.


Contacts

Dr Peter Day
School of Dentistry
University of Leeds

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Dr Amrit Bhatti
School of Dentistry
University of Leeds

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