A fresh look for St. Stephen's

St Stephen's Church has reopened with a new floor and heating. Please call in to see how stunning the church is looking. 

Activities are happening again in the church. Thank you for your patience while this transformational work happened. 

SHINE is a community organisation working out of St Stephen’s Church in the heart of West Bowling Bradford.

SHINE stands for Social, Health, Inner, Natural and Economic wellbeing. We believe that people need to thrive in all these areas for a fulfilled life.


The goal of SHINE is to create a vibrant community-hub in West Bowling that reaches the socially excluded, brings the community together, and delivers a wide range of life-enhancing services and opportunities to people of all ages, faiths and ethnicities. It seeks to create a new story for West Bowling. A story that binds people together and helps restore our community in body, soul and spirit.

Our activities and projects have been growing for more than half a decade, and now we are helping over 200 men, women and children every single week.

Another great win!

We are over the moon that Sarah Hinton, Shine Manager was recognised at the Yorkshire Awards this weekend. Taking home the very prestigous Community Hero Award 2018.

Congratulations Sarah!

Four wins for Shine and its partners

2018 has been an incredible year for Shine and its partners picking up 4 awards. It feels wonderful for the hard work put in by Shine staff and volunteers to be recognised.

Rotary Club Young Person of the Year 2018  For the creation of our children's clothes bank.

Pulse of West Yorkshire - Community Star 2018

Yorkshire Awards - Community Hero Award 2018

and Impact Gamers won a BAFTA for being the Young Games Designer Mentor 2018

Would you like a day of creativity and to help raise money for SHINE at the same time? See News page for

more information!

What's happening

this week...


  • Impact Gamers 6-7pm. Free

  • Exercise for Women 7 - 8pm  £2 or £1 on benefits



  • Celebrate Recovery 1-  2.30pm booking essential 

  • Journey Makers at St Stephens School 3.30 - 4.30pm

  • Community Tea 6pm


  • Zumba for Women 9.30 - 10.30am 

  • Creative Threads 11-1pm  £1

  • Gardening Club (Summer only) 10.30am

  •  Welcome Group for Asylum Seekers 3.30 - 5.30pm. Free



  • Job Search 9.30am - 2.30pm. Free

  • Storytelling for Under 3s 1-2pm Free

  • English Chat 10-am - 12am. Freebooking essential 

  • Well Words 1 -3pm. Free

  • Exercise for Women 7- 8pm £3 or £1 on benefits



  • Drop in advice 9.30 - 1pm. Free

  • Dots for babies & toddlers 9.30-11.00. Free

  • Gamblers Anonymous 7-9 pm


Church Service 11.15am

We also run the Nurture programme. Please phone to enquire. 01274 738490

For more info about our groups click here


We have a Childrens Clothes Bank, ask Childrens Centre, school or Health Visitor/midwife to refer you.


01274 738490


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48 Newton Street

West Bowling





Mon – Thur  9AM - 3PM

Friday  9AM - 1PM