Meridian Strategic

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

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
it’s 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.