Partnerships Explored at Bradford Study Day

Faith leaders, public sector representatives and more gathered recently at Fountains Church Bradford for conversations and learning about building partnerships across the Bradford area

Faith leaders, public sector representative and more gathered recently at Fountains Church Bradford for a morning of conversations and learning about developing partnerships across the Bradford area.

The study morning was organised by the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Toby Howarth, and brought together Bradford area clergy and licensed lay ministers with other faith leaders, and representatives from the local council, police, NHS and more.

After a welcome from Bishop Toby, attendees heard from Theo Sheridan-Watts, Chief Officer at Wellsprings Together, about how the Christian faith motivates, forms and shapes our work for good in our communities.

Bana Gora, CEO of the Muslim Women’s Council, then spoke about the work of Muslim groups in the area, and how Islam puts generosity and charity at the centre of their work.

Finally, Ian MacBeath, Strategic Director, Adults for Bradford Council, talked about how the council is working locally and engaging partners across the region.

The three took part in a panel discussion, before attendees broke into small groups to discuss how to tackle issues in their area, and how faith and community groups can work effectively with statutory agencies.

Bishop Toby said: “One of Bradford District’s great strengths is partnership working, and we saw the continued appetite for this at our event.

“Ward Officers and Neighbourhood Police Inspectors swapping phone numbers with vicars and different faith representatives; deep but accessible presentations on why and how Christians, Muslims and the Council engage with our local communities, and a decent curry at the end.

“What’s not to like?”