Canterbury estate falls within the top 0.33% most deprived areas nationally. Adults in households with dependent children, were three times more likely to be unemployed than in the rest of Bradford, and nearly five times more likely than the rest of England, according to data in the 2011 Census. Statistics show that teenagers are less likely to stay in school and more likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) – in Bradford this is 1 in 6. There are reported issues of poor school attendance, health and nutrition, and, problems with crime and ethnic tensions. The local primary school stated 60% of pupils are eligible for free school meals and 45% are from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Playing our part: One In A Million are proud to have been working in Canterbury since May 2006. For the most part we have had several full time workers (and loyal volunteers) delivering multiple sports, arts and enterprise activities for 5-19 year olds across the week. Thanks to the support of Children In Need, OIAM have Helen Thornton – a community activator, Rob Carr and a team volunteers providing support to families from the local community hub.
The Canterbury centre has developed its range of activities year on year. In the last year activities delivered include:
Sports – Athletics, Cricket, Football, Football Development, Rugby and Sports Leaders Award.
Arts – Art, Dance, Music Tech, Rock School and Singing.
Enterprise – ICT Skills.
Along with regular Kidz Club and Youth Sessions.