Published On: Sat, Aug 9th, 2014 on 1:19 pm

Campaign that helped save Bradford’s Youth Service awarded

Save Bradford Youth Service Campaign

(l-r) Umar Rafique, Piers Telemacque, Fatima Sohail, Neil MacKenzie and Laura Pike

A campaign that was launched to save Bradford’s Youth Service has triumphed in the National Union of Students Awards 2014 winning ‘Campaign of the Year’.

The ‘Save Bradford Youth Service’ campaign was set up by Bradford College Students’ Union after Bradford Council proposed to reduce the Youth Service budget in 2013 by 79% in the budget for 2014 to 2017.

This would decimate the service to only statutory levels, in a city that is expected to become the youngest in Europe by 2020.

Between the announcement of the consultation and the final decision being made in February 2014, the Students’ Union led a campaign coalition that successfully saved over £2m of the Youth Service’s budget, reducing the cut to 29% in-line with other services in the authority.

The Students’ Union hosted Q&A sessions with key politicians, organised demonstrations, and engaged over 4,000 people through social media.

The campaign even earned the backing of world-renowned magician Dynamo, who tweeted about the campaign as he had been supported by the same youth service whilst growing up in Bradford.

Representing Bradford College at the ceremony held at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium were Students’ Union President Fatima Sohail, Students’ Union Vice President Umar Rafique, Students’ Union Manager Neil MacKenzie and Student Representation Coordinator Laura Pike.

Students’ Union Vice President, Umar Rafique, said: “We would like to thank everyone that participated in the campaign and we were delighted in winning this award.

“The campaign was directly led by young people and this was a great achievement for all those involved, especially the youth and students from around the city and everyone else who came together to fight the cuts to the Youth Service.”

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

Leave a comment

Your comment will be approved before it is published.

Comments containing profanity, spam or web links will NOT be approved.