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Being Sam

People have many reasons for volunteering or working in the jobs that they do and for SHINE’s Family and Community Worker, Sam Thirkhill, her reasons are clear … she just wants to give back something to the local community. Through her own life experiences, she knows what a struggle parenting...


Parents in the Lead changes

You may have noticed that there have been a few slight changes to our Parents in the Lead activities fund. We have been listening to your feedback and have made the following changes: We have increased the availability of funding from £2000 to £2500. You can now apply more than once a ye...


Being a parent in the lead of decision making

Samina Begum, 48, is one of our Parents in the Lead Activities Fund panel members. Collectively with other parent panel members, she has made decisions on funding for almost £30,000 for 30 projects in the Better Start Bradford area. Samina’s Story I was already volunteering with HENRY as a ...


Grandparents take the lead in healthy cooking

Project leader, Lubna Khalid, 43, is celebrating after being awarded over £1,600 from the Better Start Bradford’s Parents in the Lead Awards fund, to run twice weekly Cook and Play groups. During the cooking sessions, grandparents will showcase their favourite healthy recipes for families to t...


Community Stars winner, Alice Wilkinson is celebrating again after securing a Parents in the Lead award for her breastfeeding pack project. Alice, who won the Early Years Community Stars category thanks to her innovative breastfeeding idea, will receive £410 to be able to provide more breastfeed...