BrightSparks secure £676k for Bradford Council to train the next generation of Social Workers


BrightSparks' sister company Social Impact Services was recently commissioned by City of Bradford Metropolitain District Council to help them to develop a bid to the Department for Education to establish a Social Work Teaching Partnership.

This was an interesting project involving stakeholders from multiple departments at Bradford Council, as well as the University of Bradford and Bradford College.

BrightSparks was brought in to manage the development of the bid due to our detailed understanding of the local and national landscape for social care services and our expertise in developing compelling funding proposals to large structural funders.

The Department for Education recently informed Bradford they had been successful and would be awarded over £676,000 to improve the recruitment, training and development of Social Workers across the Bradford District. 

Jim Hopkinson - Deputy Director (Children’s Social Care) said:

 “Working with Brightsparks has been a positive experience. They are helpful, knowledgeable, with the  flexibility  to deliver within tight timescales”.

Andy Simpson - BrightSparks Managing Director said:

 “This was such a great project to work on and exactly the sort of social purpose project that BrightSparks and Social Impact Services can add real value to.

I am delighted that Bradford have been awarded the money because it will result in a tangible difference for the most vulnerable people living across Bradford”