About Bradford District CAN

Welcome to the Community Advice Network in Bradford District


The Community Advice Network (CAN) is a federation of local advice charities working across Bradford District. We give free, independent, confidential, impartial and quality assured advice direct to local people about social welfare legal rights. We help people with problems about debt, benefits, tax credits, Universal Credit, disability allowances, housing, homelessness, employment rights, fuel, immigration, nationality, consumer, community care, health, family and related issues.


Quality and accountability


Our ‘full’ members have all been awarded the national Advice Quality Standard (AQS) or the Specialist Quality Mark (SQM). This means they have been assessed by independent auditors and meet national standards for giving good quality advice. Our ‘associate’ members also help people with advice-related problems but do not have the AQS or SQM. We are a registered charity with an elected Trustee Board, which meets every month. The Board is made up of 15 representatives from local advice charities that are ‘full’ members of CAN. Read our latest Annual Report and Accounts 2015.

Aims of the Community Advice Network


The Bradford District Community Advice Network aims to advance the education of members of independent advice centres, the legal, social work and community work professions, public authorities and interested members of the public generally by:

  • Increasing knowledge of social welfare law and policies as they affect people suffering financial hardship or discrimination within the Bradford District
  • Developing the quantity, quality and efficiency of independent legal advice services for people experiencing financial hardship or discrimination within the Bradford District

Read our Constitution.

CAN membership rules and application form


Membership of CAN is open to non-profit organisations based in the Bradford District that help people with advice-related issues (benefits, debt, housing, etc). There are two types of membership: ‘full’ and ‘associate’.

Please note that membership of CAN is only open to organisations, not individuals. If you are interested in working for an advice centre, please see the contact details for all CAN members.