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Meridian Centre

A community resource for people of all ages & backgrounds in West Yorkshire.

Meridian Centre  Values are to :

 

  • Promote equality and diversity.
  • Create a safe, positive and nurturing environment to learn.
  • Value everyone’s opinion and empower every learner’s voice.
  •  Offer best practices in our service delivery and provision.
  • promotes self-development, citizenship awareness and independent living for local people of all ages
  • Tackle unemployment and poverty

We believe in making sure our customers:

  • Are treated with respect and are valued
  • Have access to training in a comfortable and non-intimidating environment
  • Receive excellent customer care
  • Are encouraged to participate in the workforce and are encouraged, motivated and supported throughout their journey

Our Background

The Meridian Centre is a community resource for people of all ages & backgrounds in the Manningham area of Bradford District, West Yorkshire.

This is an area of multiple deprivations. The services offered by the centre are targeted to achieve our objective of empowering the local community to participate and engage through learning and self-development activities. Established in 1984, the main objectives of the centre are to develop knowledge and skills through capacity-building programmes to improve economic and social participation in society. The centre is dependent on external funding and has successfully, over the last 40 years, supported local residents with a vast range of community programmes. The centre’s location and close proximity to the target audience attracts local people to the services offered.

The centre offers a number of training programmes aimed at developing skills and knowledge to help individuals access further learning, and employment, and build confidence levels. These include unaccredited and accredited courses: ICT, Support Work in Schools Course, AET, Working with Children, Study Programme, Literacy and Numeracy, ESOL, Bridging the Gap, GCSE Mathematics and English, Sewing, Arts and Crafts, Baking, Healthy Eating and Counselling, Confidence building and Job Search, etc. Information, Advice and Guidance are provided internally and externally through partner organisations at the centre, and Meridian have been Matrix Accredited since 2008. 

The centre understands the importance of reaching out to ‘hard to reach’ communities and those individuals who may be socially excluded from services due to barriers and circumstances and therefore offers an outreach service to local schools, children’s centres and community centres. This is an effective method of engaging with communities and individuals as it is often the proactive approach that is necessary to entice disadvantaged communities to use such services. The women-only services are important features of the centre as they create a non-intimidating, safe and comfortable learning environment.

The centre has expanded its services since 2003 to include male and mixed classes and sessions but keeps its roots as a women’s centre through the quality of its provision and the unique way it engages with hard-to-reach women, from hard-to-reach communities. Staff employed within the centre speak local languages and understand the needs of the diverse community it serves.

Meridian Strategic Framework

Our mission of “Empowering and building the capacity of local people” is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to creating a stimulating, supportive learning environment based on mutual respect and trust which enables everyone to realise their full potential.

The Meridian Centre (formerly known as the Asian Women and Girls Centre) situated in St Pauls Road Manningham has been established for 40 years to provide support for local people offering education, training, personal development opportunities, looking at health issues and childcare.

We have a Board of Directors representative of the local community and business who help us to make effective management decisions in the delivery of quality and professional service.

Meridian Centre Aims:

  • To actively engage hard-to-reach individuals, within the community using our proven outreach skills to:-
    • Identify potential learners with a need for functional skills and language support development enabling them to achieve their full potential.
    • Provide support to individuals seeking employment.
    • Provide bespoke training opportunities.
    • provide ICT Training for learners who have bypassed the Digital age
    • To reduce social isolation 
  • Ensure that each new learner gains initial support to overcome any perceived barrier to participation, building their initial confidence.
  • Implement strategies to become sustainable and provide value for money.
  • Encourage new and existing partnerships to develop thereby facilitating rounded and quality delivery of our training.
  • Lead and co-ordinate community learning and training activities for the Ward.

Meridian Centre  Mission

 

  • To provide sustainable learning opportunities for all members to be digitally included,
  • To promote learning including functional skills, employment & community engagement to enable members to maximise their potential.
  • To encourage and develop the natural inclinations of people to volunteer, thereby contributing to the quality of life of the community.
  • Our mission of ” Empowering and building the capacity of local people” is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to creating a stimulating, supportive learning environment based on mutual respect and trust which enables everyone to realise their full potential.
  • The Meridian Centre situated in St Pauls Road Manningham has been established for 39 years to provide support for local people offering education, training, personal development opportunities, looking at health issues and childcare.
  • Established in 1984 and formalised as a not-for-profit company in 2004 and a charity in 2014. Meridian Centre undertakes to offer high quality training and impartial information, advice and guidance (IAG) on all aspects of learning and career development, to individuals (aged 16 and over), who live or work within Bradford Metropolitan District and across West Yorkshire.