Community Connector (x5)

Bradford 2025 will be the fourth UK City of Culture with the largest geographically distributed programme for the biggest population. Our engagement programme explores themes rooted in the unique heritage and character of Bradford, that speak to universal topics. We will develop programmes that reach all localities of the district.

The creative engagement programme will reveal the magic of Bradford that is held in its people, its ambition, its uniqueness and above all its potential. The Community Connector posts are key to the success of the Bradford 2025 Engagement Programme.

Starting in 2024, the programme will foster and celebrate the creativity to be found in communities across the whole district, bringing the expertise of creative professionals to enrich and develop that creativity. The Community Connectors will liaise with local groups and grassroots organisations to support people’s access to the Engagement Programme and Bradford 2025 activity.

Reporting to the Engagement Programme Producer, the Community Connectors will be based at a host organisation in their area and will foster meaningful relationships with local communitygroups and organisations across the whole of their area.

The Community Connector role will liaise with local groups, identifying local need and interest and helping the Creative Practitioners to respond to that need. The emphasis of the role will become much more locally focussed, making inks to the wider Bradford 2025 programme when it is most relevant.

This is a fixed term, freelance commission for delivery between June 2024 and December 2025

  • June to December 2024 – minimum 2.5 days per week over 24 weeks; Fee: £12,000
  • January to December 2025 – minimum 4 days per week for 48 weeks; Fee: £38,400
  • Total Fee (over 18 months): £50,400

Additional days in early 2026 will be offered as part of the process of reflection, evaluation and sector sharing. These will be paid at the equivalent daily rate.

We are recruiting 5 Community Connectors, and each will be allocated to one of the 5 constituency areas:

  • Bradford East – Bowling & Barkerend, Bradford Moor, Bolton & Undercliffe; Eccleshill, Idle & Thackley, Little Horton
  • Bradford South – Tong, Wibsey, Wyke, Great Horton, Queensbury, Royds
  • Bradford West – City, Clayton & Fairweather Green, Heaton, Thornton & Allerton, Manningham, Toller
  • Shipley – Shipley, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Baildon, Wharfedale, WIndhill & Wrose
  • Keighley & Ilkley – Keighley Central, Keighley East, Keighley West, Ilkley, Craven, Worth Valley


How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV and covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 to [email protected] with the subject: Community Connector.

  • Closing date for applications is Sunday 17 March
  • You will hear from us by Thursday 22 March 2024
  • Interviews will take place Thursday 4 to Friday 12 April

Please tell us in your covering letter if you have particular knowledge of any of the 5 consituancy areas and whether you would like to be considered for any in particluar. You can ask to be considered for one, more than one or all areas.

If you have any questions about the role, just email [email protected].

Download the Community Connector freelance brief

Download the FAQ 


Q&A Sessions

We are hosting the following Q&A sessions where you can find out more about the roles.

Gaby Lees, the Engagement Programme Producer for Bradford 2025, will explain the role of the Community Connector and will answer any questions you may have about the role.

In person:

  • Wednesday 28 February, 1.30 to 3.00pm at Manningham Library – Sign up
  • Wednesday 28 February, 5.00 to 6.30pm at Manningham Library – Sign Up
  • Tuesday 12 March, 5.00 to 6.30pm at Shipley Library – Sign up


  • Friday 1 March at 1pm to 2pm via Zoom – Sign up
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