We are looking for someone to take on the role of Millside Centre Host, welcoming our partners and service users during evenings and at weekends.

There are a number of groups interested in hiring our rooms for training, workshops and meetings outside normal working hours, so we are seeking a self-motivated person who is friendly, enthusiastic and dependable, and who would be willing to be trained to use our facilities and assist clients.

Job Club Update

Our Job Club finally resumed to in-person sessions n October and we are so thrilled to be able to provide vital support for our service users who are currently unemployed and desperately actively looking for work opportunities.

Rohingya ESOL class

We are so pleased to be working in partnership with AROUK, the Rohingya organisation based in Bradford supporting Rohingya refugees. Did you know that Bradford has one of the largest Rohingya communities in Europe? Many of them came to Bradford as part of the Resettlement project through UNHCR and Home Office to give them a new chance and sense of dignity back and over the last 10 years, they have become an established group in the city of Bradford.

Our Welcome Café recently opened up again to the public and we are now welcoming customers for a sit-down lunch as well as offering takeaway options too. We are thrilled to have a new cohort of students on the course who are so keen to learn catering skills and serve old and new customers.

Tenx9 Bradford

The Tenx9 Bradford storytelling sessions are now back at Millside, every first Friday of the month, where storytellers have up to 10 minutes to tell a real story from their lives on a particular theme. Come along to find out more or be a listener for others.

Members of our youth group and Millside staff recently took part in the Bradford Dragon Boat Festival at Roberts Park, Saltaire, raising much-needed funds for Hope Housing. They paddled their way to fifth place out of eight teams who took part on that sunny September Sunday and had an amazing time together. If you’d like to make a donation to Hope Housing for their incredible work and vision to end homelessness in Bradford, please click the link to their Just Giving page below.

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/HopeHousingDragons

 

We are extremely delighted to announce that we have recently received an incredibly generous grant from the Morrisons Foundation to start our ‘Fit for Life’ project, which will include physical activities and nutrition sessions to promote better health and wellbeing in our community. The funding lasts for 2 years, and our passion is to play a role in reducing high rates of obesity and diabetes in our local area and giving local people the opportunity to prioritise their health and make longer lasting changes as they choose to be fit (and healthy) for life. Read the full article in the T&A link below.

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19495699.charity-granted-huge-boost-massive-morrisons-donation/

Our Befriending Project is now underway, and we are looking for caring and compassionate volunteers who are willing to offer one hour a week to engage, encourage and equip those experiencing social isolation and destitution by providing emotional and practical support. Do you have a passion for helping people, some spare time and a desire to give back to the community?

We hosted a ‘Thank you’ lunch to celebrate our amazing team of volunteers who were involved in our Friday Food Delivery project; people who dedicated their Friday afternoons to deliver a two-course meal cooked by our Welcome Café to destitute asylum seekers and refugees struggling with food poverty.

Over the past 8 months, these volunteers from City Valley Church, the University of Bradford and the local community, have totally committed themselves to show care and compassion, and to befriend individuals and families during a very trying time of lockdowns. Together, they helped to reduce isolation and bring a glimmer of hope. We have been totally blown away by their kindness and generosity and want to honour them for their hearts of service.

The youth project has been running for a year now and we are encouraged by the level of engagement we get most weeks. From having 3 who were struggling to come in, we now have around 10 who consistently join in each week, and we do different things in the aim of building friendships, confidence and community as well as an escape from their reality which may be worrying or hard as the majority are currently in the system seeking asylum.