New building in The Depot Rockwell Lane

We have been trying for past year to slowly improve the Rockwell Lane Depot, we are sure the improvements would be welcomed and supported by the local residents. The unsightly containers that are in the bottom yard area shall be replace with a building in April/May 2012.

The main preliminary ground works shall be starting in March and the existing metal containers shall be removed. We hope this will not cause too much disruption and feel free to contact us should you have any concerns regarding the development.

 


Windhill news

Newlands Furniture Service have agreed to rescue the Windhill Community  Furniture Project, sadly, after 17 years of trading it could no longer continue, due to the impact of the current economic climate resulted in the project running out of money.  Newlands extended their service into Windhill, with additional outlet on Crag Road.  

The new shop opened in December 2011 following a small refurbishment donated by Fhin Solutions property maintenance. Incommunities  also moved quickly to transfer leases for the shops to ensure a smooth transition of the Service.

 

We are looking forward to working in Windhill and hopefully this will be the start of a new phase for Newlands Furniture Service to expand into other areas of Bradford that will continue for many more years to come.


Future Jobs Funding Programme

We have employed 38 people through the Future Jobs Programme providing long term unemployed people with a 26 week work placement, which is funded through the Department of Work & Pensions. The Future Job Team have been working alongside the community volunteers to develop the grounds of the furniture service.  During the placement the Future Jobs candidates receive into-employment support and 28 Candidates have been successful in securing employment , 1 young person has returned to the service to volunteer and gain an NVQ.

 

The Future Jobs Programme sadly has come to end, however we shall be actively involved in a new programme with Thorpe Edge Community Project who have secured funding to help the long term unemployed secure employment through gaining work experience and new skills whilst volunteering in the Community.  The Service will play a crucial part in delivering this programme.

 

January 2011

The service successfully secured funding from BMDC to develop the Rockwell Site and create an access ramp into the New building allowing easy access for all.  Also Painted the old storage facilities the same colour as the new building and improved the green areas on the site making the service feel more welcoming. The plants and shrubs have been donated by local community residents and B & Q. The customers and local residents are delighted with the development, turning an area which was once an eye sore into a friendlier and nicer place to visit.

 

August 2010

Thankfully the Newlands Community Association who own the Depot acted very quickly to support the service during this time. Without their efficiency in dealing with the situation the service would have definitely closed. The NCA replaced the building in August 2010 and the service is back  running to its full capacity. The new building has made a significant difference and the customers are delighted with how quick the local councillors and professional organisations acted to help us.

 

The new building was opened to the public by the longest servicing volunteer Mr John Rawnsley and MP David Ward who has support the service for many years. The new building has improved the service dramatically and has continued to improve month on month since the opening. The customers have commented on how much better the service has become and the service has proven itself to be a valuable asset in the community.

 

March 2010

In March 2010 the Rockwell Site was subject to an arson attack on the main building. The fire completely destroyed the building and all the contents, which restricted the service we could provide. The building housed the toilet, kitchen facilities and the utility supplies.

 

Thankfully with the support and commitment of the dedicated community ,volunteers, residents and professionals the service continued to provide its service during the hardship.

 

 

 

 
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