Bierley estate falls within the top 10% most deprived areas nationally. Contributing factors to this figure are poor income, ranked 2,826 out of 32,146, and lack of education and training opportunities, ranked 1,217 out of 32,396. One local primary states that the number of pupils eligible for free school meals is double the national average (19%). The children we work with come from low-income/single-parent households and live in areas of high crime rates. The effect on the aspirations and attainment of children can be devastating.
Playing our part: Since 2010, OIAM have been delivering activities from the local community centre. Initially starting with ‘Kidz Clubs’, today Bierley has a whole carousel of sports, arts and enterprise programmes being delivered by our qualified coaches and community activators Andy Bako and Victoria Hart. This is made possible thanks to the support of Children In Need.
In addition to the sessions run from the Bierley Centre, it is also responsible for running the OIAM Athletics Development programme based at the Richard Dunne centre in Odsal, and the Streetwise project based at Buttershaw. Activities delivered in the last year have included:
Sports – Athletics, Football
Arts – Art, Dance and Rock School
Enterprise – ICT Skills
The centre also has an established Kidz Club and Youth Sessions.