Building Community in Bradford


Our Charity Objectives

Within a Christian ethos, to relieve poverty and promote good health and the advancement of education amongst members of the community in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the world. To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object or improving their conditions of life.


About the Olive Branch Trust

Our beginnings, created in February 1983 by a faith organisation, influence our ethos and help us in shaping our work, but we are more than a “church group”. We are an active member of our community and work with anyone and everyone to create better opportunities for the people we call our neighbours.

For all its problems we love our community and we are proud to be part of it. We want to ensure that we deliver for them in the most relevant and responsive way possible. Whilst our faith is very important to us, we recognise that many of our neighbours have different faiths or no faith at all. Acknowledging this fact and moving past it is very important in a city as diverse as Bradford. We aim to offer a broad range of services to all residents – no one is excluded, everyone is welcome – and we are committed to delivering our support where it is most needed. Key to the success of the project is listening to the opinions of the community it hopes to serve.

At present our partner, St Johns Church Bowling, has received an investment from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities in order to redevelop the inside of the building to more appropriately serve the needs of the community. Once it is completed we hope that this refurbished space will serve our community in which we hope to have created a strong sense of it being a Community Hub and it also being well used.

On completion of the Church space we want to continue our partnership to rebuild/renovate the community hall space, to the rear of the church, creating more space so that we can further serve the community.

We want to create a Community Hub that is something of lasting, sustainable benefit for the whole community. Our theory is that local churches and community organisations are uniquely positioned to deliver quality and relevant community services that have lasting impact. With our partners we work hard to prove this.

In addition to the varied community activities of the Trust’s work, we continue to directly employ leaders for various congregations of the Outworks:Bradford network that operates across Bradford.


Our Partners


Chairman Statement

"Change is always with us. The landscape of our city, region and nation - spiritually, morally, economically and politically - seems to alter incrementally year on year. The charitable and voluntary sector have come, during my years of involvement, to feel very different. We have lost some things, but gained new opportunities too. However, there are some things that hold true for us; and it is those things that undergird the work of Olive Branch Trust."

Howard Astin

Trust Administrator

Liz Malko

Liz Malko

Liz has over thirty years experience of finance, accounts, organisational management and administration. She has managed large administrative departments for some of the top UK Banks and Building Societies. During the last 12 years at Olive Branch Trust, she has worked in the voluntary and charity sector in positions of Charity Trustee, Volunteer management, HR, finance and operational organisation, management and administration.