GDPA is a registered charity committed to empowering, rehabilitating and supporting the community. At our premises in the centre of Huddersfield we have a community coffee shop and a fantastic meeting space.We run workshops on employability, positive thinking and digital courses including Adobe, Coding, Testing and Microsoft.We have rooms and space available for hire and our most recent project is the construction of a music and production studio, where we will be running creative workshops including music production, graffiti art, photography, poetry and creative writing. We would like to thank Naz Parkar (KMC) and his team for the advice and support they are giving us on this phase of the project and Heidi Thompson (KNH) for the support for helping us with the Creative Studio.
Our community coffee shop was designed and built by Paddy Stanley Head of the Mitie Foundation, his support, enthusiasm and guidance has been phenomenal, Paddy secured the support of suppliers including Neil from Gather and Gather, Alan Evans from Mitie Foundation, Steve from Broderick’s, Steve from IFSE to name but a few! We must also give a big thank you to Jagjeet who was the project manager, helping us to create a presence and set the standard for excellent customer service.
We would also like to convey our massive appreciation to Katharine and the team at WGN Business and Accountancy solutions for supporting us with the financial obligations of running a charity.
A big THANK YOU!
To the mega global food manufacturing company Symington’s.They first became aware of GDPA at the Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA) Awards function last year where we were YABA’s Charity of Choice, since then the Symington’s team have been extremely supportive and become a corporate supporter of GDPA. We are delighted and very grateful for this support
Visits this month
We were delighted to meet with the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Dee Collins, Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williams, Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter and Engagement Officer Celeste Armitage. We shared with them our plans for working in the community and going forward will continue to explore and develop opportunities for collaboration that can help to keep our communities safer.
It was also a real pleasure to meet the Chairman of Yorkshire Bank, Richard Gregory OBE. He was extremely supportive and an inspirational person.We discussed many ideas and initiatives which I will share in forth coming editions of GDPA Enews
GDPA Community Coffee Shop
Welcome to the Global Diversity Coffee Shop and Meeting room. Offering a warm welcome from staff who, our customers say are always willing to go the extra mile. We offer a relaxing environment, where you can sit and watch the world go by, the occasional wedding and marvel at some spectacular outfits! Situated between the Library, Huddersfield Town Hall, and Queensgate Market, meet with friends or colleagues come and join us. We invite you our guests to discover an original coffee shop full of light, colour, conversation, and beautiful aromas from behind the counter. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch with a wide selection sandwiches, baked goods, and of course, our mugs of coffee. We have a range of Hot and Cold sandwiches that cater for all diets. Our cakes, biscuits and pastries are moreish and we have a huge selection of hot luxury Chocolates. Come in and experience a unique blend of energy. We provide free wireless internet access for all your devices.
We are the only retailer of Broderick’s Coffee in the town centre – a high quality blend that reflects the quality of everything we do – just ask our head barista Jordan! We have a 5 star hygiene rating.
Whether it’s a business meeting, a catch up with friends or some well-deserved me time the GDPA Coffee Shop is the place to be.
Enquire about our meeting rooms, courses and online courses at www.globaldiversitypositiveaction.com
While we wait for the final stages of the Community Hub and recording studio to be completed we have continued to develop programmes designed to unlock talent and potential through creative and innovative approaches to community engagement, the active promotion of the arts and support to access employment and training in emerging sectors and industries.
For instance, we are especially pleased to announce that we have been invited to join the Hopeful FamiliesEuropean Social Fund and Big Lottery funded partnership as a specialist provider. Working in partnership with PLUSS, Yorkshire Children’s Centre and NOVA we will be working with particularly hard to reach and engage young people. Developing courses and programmes (including video and animation based workshops) designed to engage with young people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) and who require additional support to enter the world of work or get back into training. Supported by our corporate partners we are able to offer participants access to sympathetic work placements, pre-adobe creative training programmes and much more.
Whilst gun and knife crime remains an issues in many communities across the nation, we are focused on helping young people develop the resilience they need to avoid getting involved in negative behaviours in the first place. In conjunction with Creative England, we are developing a suite of gaming applications and educational resources designed create a unique resource with content developed and tested by young people from North Huddersfield Trust School.
Lower Valley Chat (Lower Calder Valley) helping young people to articulate their views in ways that politicians and decision makers might understand using social media. Giving young people – who feel that their voices were never going to be heard – a voice was a challenge we were up to. With support from John Popham, they produced a video that the young people themselves said was “awesome”, they now have the beginnings of project to revitalise a local park. We hope to continue developing this approach across the rest of the region.
|The RSA comes to Huddersfield
Meet local Fellows, spark inspiring discussions, share new ideas, and help shape the future of Royal Society of Arts, RSA activity in Kirklees.
By bringing people together at our GDPA coffee shop, we hope to channel the energy and expertise of RSA Fellows to engage with their charitable objectives:
- Creating employment opportunities
- Promoting health and wellbeing
- Improving the attainment of disadvantaged communities – developing a culture of lifelong learning
- Encouraging social responsibility
- Promoting and recognising arts in the community
You’ll have an opportunity to meet local Fellows and the RSA North team, find out more about GDPA and the RSA, and explore how you might get involved.
Please register to attend by clicking here.
This event is free to attend and open to Fellows, friends, and colleagues interested in supporting the work of the RSA and GDPA. You are welcome to dip in for part of the evening or stay for the duration.
Location: Global Diversity Positive Action, 9 Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SX.
|GDPA Monthly Stakeholders Lunch
On the 2nd March 2018, GDPA will be launching our monthly stakeholders lunch where we will be inviting you to come and join us for a bite to eat, networking and sharing ideas and expertise, each month we will be inviting inspirational speakers and key contacts to speak, for more information or, if you would like to attend please firstname.lastname@example.org
GDPA Corporate Supporters Membership
As a registered charity we run our charitable deeds which are there to support and rehabilitate the community, however, we need your support and you can do this by becoming a GDPA Corporate Supporter.
There are many benefits of becoming a GDPA corporate supporter member, you will feel proud in supporting the work that we do to change people lives. We would like to have a discussion you, for more information please contact Sharon@yaba.uk.com
For any comments or further information please do not hesitate to contact me
GLOBAL DIVERSITY POSITIVE ACTION (GDPA) Registered Charity Number 1163500
9 Ramsden Street Huddersfield HD1 2SX