Who are we?

Scholemoor Beacon was established in 2006, when the Tenants and Residents group and the Youth group merged to form Scholemoor Beacon which was based in the Youth Centre on Dracup Avenue. There has been a close relationship with Bradford Council’s Youth Service ever since. Scholemoor Beacon worked to transform the derelict site and over a number of phases have developed in partnership with Bradford Council and a variety of funders a play area, Multi Use Games Area, trim trail and junior grass pitch. This provision has been a real asset and is used by the local community on a regular basis. Use of the site was also supported by funding from Sports England, which mean Scholemoor Beacon could employ a Community Sports and Activities Worker to deliver and coordinate a range of sports and activities on site.

In 2016, Scholemoor Beacon successfully acquired the Community Centre through a Community Asset Transfer process from Bradford Council and is now responsible for running the centre and working towards improving and developing the centre alongside local people.

Core Staff Team

Susan Moreland

Centre Manager

In post since April 2015, bringing a range of different skills including volunteer and project management, working alongside people with learning disabilities and homeless and vulnerably housed people. I have been a trustee of Heaton Village Hall for many years and a Director of People Matters a learning disability charity in Leeds. In her spare time she likes to bake cakes, go for long walks and enjoys being outdoors.

Matthew Milnes BEM

Community Activities Coordinator

Involved with Scholemoor Beacon since 2006, and had a pivotal role in the development of the sports ground and successfully secured funding from Sport England to run the Community Sports Activator project. Matthew is currently responsible for developing and coordinating new activities at the centre. He takes the lead on Conversations With and Bike to the Future Project. He is also the lead for all holiday scheme activities.

Mario Del Core

Community Centre Assistant Mario has been with us through the STEP 2 programme sinceJuly 2018. Scholemoor Beacon is happy to have Mario working with us for the next 6 months he will be supporting the marketplace and working with local men to find activities that they would like to do.

Sessional Staff

We  also work with a number of sessional staff to deliver a number of very successful sessions, including exercise sessions, job club and Conversations With…

Their commitment to Scholemoor Beacon has seen the people we work with get fitter, lose weight, grow in confidence, find a job and make new friends.

Sara Lee

Mini movers tutor

Noreen Mahboob

Exercise Tutor

Davinder Kaur Sehmbi

Gentle exercise tutor

Parvase Ghani

Work Club Coach


Graham Shaw


Recently retired, Graham has a background in local government having worked for Bradford Council for 31 years, he has a lot of knowledge about the Voluntary and Community Sector having worked for the Community Funding Unit and then adult services Commissioning Team. He has a particular interest in data and is an Excel whizz – he is currently supporting the staff to improve collection of data but more importantly how we can use it to demonstrate demand, need and outcomes for the local people we work alongside.

Kate Lawton

Kate brings a range of experience to the organisation as well as being a local resident. She has worked for the Learning and Skills Council and been a dental nurse, she has also run her own business and has been on other committees and boards. She is an experienced fundraiser and has even done fire walking to raise funds.

Sara Lee

Gillian Carter

Ingrid Dzerins

Chair of the Trustees

Ingrid was the Governance lead for Incommunities for 15 years and has a lot of knowledge around good practice, policies and procedures and the processes to ensure that an organisation runs well, provides quality provision and is sustainable. She has knowledge of the local area as her Mum lived in nearby Clayton and a good understanding of the issues and needs of the local people.

Valentina Brooke

Val is a local resident, she has lived on Scholemoor for over 30 years and joined the board in 2005 as she wanted to give something back to the community. She has been a volunteer and also a carer for many years – her son Anthony has a disability and has a key role in the Bumble Bee’s Mixed Ability Rugby Team. Val also runs the successful bingo session every Tuesday at Scholemoor

There are also a number of other people who advise and support the trustees on a regular basis and they include:

Ann Quantrill

Local resident and also works for Creative Support

Mohammed Taj

Great Horton Ward Officer

Cllr Joanne Dodds

Great Horton Councillor