Manningham Project was initially set up in 1973 and has been providing advice services to people living in this area for almost 50 years.

We employ advice staff who are experienced and speak the main community languages, Urdu, Punjabi, Bangla, Sylheti and English. We also have access to a wide range of interpreting services.

Our Story

Since 1973 we have been providing a range of specialist advice in the areas of welfare benefits, housing, health, debt and money management and immigration and citizenship. The Manningham Project is well known and trusted by the local population in Manningham and the surrounding areas of Bradford.

We support people in meeting these challenges with a staff team with over 90 years of advice work experience between them, speaking the main community languages of Urdu, Punjabi, Bangla, Sylheti and English.

We are committed to helping our clients develop the skills and knowledge so that, wherever possible, they are more able to solve issues and challenges for themselves.

Vision & Mission

Our Vision

People who are supported at a critical moment can create positive changes in their lives
Empowered people create stronger families and communities
Combatting poverty is key to healthy lives and communities

Our Mission

We offer free, confidential advice, information and representation to the communities of BD8 and BD9
We provide targeted, professional support that enables people to develop their skills and improve wellbeing
We promote social justice and work closely with the local authority and other local services to support people’s rights
We measure the difference of our work in terms of reduction in debt, increases in benefit income, prevention of homelessness, increase in skills and improved wellbeing.

Staff & Board

Board Members

Martin CarterChair
Christine DawsonVice Chair
Mollie SomervilleSecretary
Joanna AllanTreasurer
Heather Grinter
Bruce Barnes
Catherine Millford


Umar GhafoorChief Executive Officer
Sajila MalikService Manager
Zabina SiddiqueAdvice Worker
Mujib RahmanAdvice Worker
Nazia BibiAdvice Worker
Mehwish DurraniReceptionist

Our Funders


The Manningham project has all the relevant and necessary policies essential to the effective, professional and safe running of an advice and support organisation. These are available to be seen on request. The Equality and Diversity and GDPR policies are available below. The General Data Protection Regulation policy safeguards how we collect and use personal information about people using our services.

Get Involved


We would love you to do some fundraising for Manningham Project – anything from a few pounds to a few hundred pounds – no matter how small the donation, your fundraising would mean a great deal to us. If you think you can help, please call us for a chat about this.
Thank you.


Manningham Project seeks volunteers who can assist with basic form filling with clients and supporting clients with IT. We also welcome volunteers who can help with fundraising, and with publicity for the Self-Reliance Programme. This involves support with social media and / or distributing A5 leaflets in the local area.