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After school

14 March 2014

EARLY in January, St Paul's, Manningham, set up an after-school homework programme to help some of the hard-to-reach people from the area surrounding the church. Because Manningham is a largely Muslim part of Bradford, the nine or ten students who now come are mostly Muslim, mostly boys, and studying for their GCSEs, the Vicar, the Revd Alistair Helm, says.

He tells me that it is a "tight" area. Even though some of the houses are quite large, there may be as many as ten children in a family; so the young students need somewhere quiet to work. One of the Muslim development workers said that on the very first evening they were delighted with the club. "We were all made very welcome, and the facilities were exactly what we need.

"There is quiet space for study, a room for refreshments, and we can use the hall for games. It is a great venue, and we hope to attract more people along."

The church teamed up with the Manningham Youth Project, and the homework programme has been made possible by a £4000 grant from the Church Urban Fund. There is a tutor to help the students with their work, and they have recently been learning how to write their own CVs, Mr Helm says, and will also be doing mock job interviews.

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