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The ladies and volunteers from the Wednesday English class had a great outing to Ilkley a few months back. We went on the train from Foster Square Station, feeling very proud as each person was able to ask for their ticket.

We saw and described the changing scenery on our journey, arriving just in time for coffee at the very welcoming Christchurch Cafe.  We commented on the individually decorated  china cups and saucers.  We just looked in the window at The Betty’s tearooms and admired their window display. We walked down through the covered pavillion, posing for a group photo on the  Victorian staircase. We then had a fantastic spread for  our care and share lunch. Most people were able to sample something new, from tuna sandwiches to  fruits and vegetables. Not forgetting the chips and maderia cake.  We then walked by the river and greeted the ducks. We even had time to visit a charity shop on the way back to the station, where some were able to treat themselves.  We arrived back in Bradford just as it had stopped raining and were able to walk back across town through the familiar shopping precinct and near to where some of our ladies lived. All in all a very enjoyable day!

Written by Jill O’Donnell (Women’s English Conversation Class Volunteer)

Join Millside Voices, our singing for wellbeing group for some fun and festive carol singing. We will be singing some traditional songs complimented with songs from around the world that promote peace and togetherness.

Wednesday 12th December, 1:30pm -3:30pm

Tea and cakes will be served after! All welcome.

Empowering Mothers Against Radicalisation and Grooming programme funded by Home office and Bradford council was well received last year. This year the project has been re commissioned for 6 areas Bradford District. We are looking to work with your organisation and Mothers you engage with. Below you can find further details of the project and its outcomes.

The Millside is running the course beginning on Thursday 15th November, 10am -12pm.

  • 6 week programme
  • 2 hours per week
  • 15-20 Mothers
  • Women only project- Mothers
  • A light refreshment will be provided each week.


  • To Empower Mothers to stand against Radicalisation and Grooming.
  • Support mothers to know how fast digital world is moving and its dangers
  • To safeguard children and young people on line form Radicalisation and Grooming. Equip mother with the practical skills to understand Internet and its uses.
  • To know signs and symptoms of Radicalisation and on line grooming, address and implant key procedures in how to challenge and address thus.
  • To implement theory into practice to Engage with your children through communication and dialogue, having the confidence to be committed to protecting your children.
  • To Engage, Educate and Inspire Mothers to stand against on line Radicalisation and Extremism recruitment.


  1. Raise awareness on internet, social media and its influence
  2. Understand Radicalisation and how young people may be manipulated
  3. Identify signs and symptoms of vulnerability
  4. Understand models of engagement to safeguard young people

To book a place, participants must contact the Millside Centre directly to secure a place on the course by contacting us on 01274 409 661 or

We are delighted to host SOOP’s first book, Stories On Our Plate: Recipes and Conversations. The book brings together 12 chefs based in London, each with personal recipes and food stories to share. It reveals the diverse influences and experiences that shape our food, featuring dishes influenced by Middle Eastern, Asian, African Mexican, and European cuisines.

Our Food Stories project explored how the cooking and eating of food is also the social fabric that underpins our lives. Food holds a unique yet often under-appreciated role in our communities to celebrate differences and realise our shared interests. In this panel event you will hear extracts of mouth-watering recipes, the fascinating stories behind them, and insights into how you could be involved in making a book of this kind.

The talk will be held at the Millside Community Centre, in the main event room.

Attendees will be welcomed by 6pm where a light buffet will be served. The panel talk will begin at approximately 7pm.

To register for the event, please follow the link below and we look forward to seeing you here.

Reach Beyond are looking for a person with drive, initiative and enthusiasm to engage with and support local residents and community organisations and link them to the Millside Centre in Bradford so that they might benefit directly from the various services and activities on offer there. They will visit and befriend local people and families in their homes, identify needs and signpost residents to relevant services, as well as develop a team of volunteers who can offer basic advice and advocacy. The Outreach Worker will also play a role in identifying gaps in services and collecting evidence for future services and funding opportunities.

This role is for 20 hours per week based at the Millside Centre in Grattan Road, Bradford, and an enhanced DBS check will be required for working with vulnerable adults and children.

You can download the full job description here, and the application form here.

If you would like an informal chat about this role before applying, please contact Furaha on 01274 409661.

Millside Centre Team.

Every year in June Millside takes part in Refugee Week, a UK-wide programme of events and activities to celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and foster better understand of why people seek sanctuary. People are encouraged to organise or attend these events and activities in order to learn something new and be better educated on the struggles refugees face. Bradford is known for being a city of sanctuary, and every year a loose collective of individuals and organisations dedicated in helping destitute asylum seekers and refugees become a part of a planning group who organise a number of free events which takes place across the city. Millside was a part of this team and we organised a film screening of ‘Home is Home: the dream and nightmare’ – a short documentary following the journey of a young Congolese-British activist who travels back to her home country, Democratic Republic of Congo for the first time in 15 years. We had a great turn out with a Q&A panel discussion, highlighting the political struggles in DRC and why people are leaving as well as an opportunity for people to take action with Bradford Congo Campaign – a local based campaigning group raising awareness about human rights issues in Congo.

Our Knitting group also had a chance of exhibiting their ‘Knit the Three Peaks’ final canvas artworks in the ‘My Dream?’ refugee week art exhibition which was open to all at the Capital of Cycling in the city centre of Bradford. Millside also had an information Stall at the finale event at City Park to celebrate the end of Refugee Week, where we had an opportunity to promote our services the general public.

We look forward to getting involved with refugee week again next year.


A fully inclusive, multicultural singing group begins on Wednesday 18th April for 14 weeks.

“Millside Voices” will take place at The Millside Centre on Grattan Road between the hours of 1:30pm and 3:00pm. All are welcome to the sessions, they are free and aim to instil mental, emotional and physical wellbeing through group singing. The project is funded by Enable2 CIC, a social enterprise based in Bradford. They provide interpreters and document translations for the public, private and third sector.

The Millside Centre serves to help improve the lives of people within local communities. They aim to create a trusting, safe and peaceful environment for service users and visitors.

The singing sessions will consist of vocal warm ups and uplifting, fun songs. Participants will also have the chance to create a song book. There will be songs from the past and present as well as songs from different countries and musicals. Participants will not need to have music reading capabilities or experience as singing will be done by ear. The sessions will be led by music practitioner, Fran Wyburn who specialises in using music and voice to promote wellbeing. She said “Our hope for Millside Voices is that it will be a place for people from all walks of life to sing for joy. I’ve witnessed first-hand the significant benefits singing can have in boosting self-confidence, releasing stress and anxiety, improving breathing patterns and regulating the heart. After singing together, we hope people will leave feeling uplifted, with a smile on their faces.”

Helen Hoyle, the Social Return Manager at Enable2 CIC said

“…We understand the health and wellbeing benefits of singing so we are pleased to be able to support this new community initiative at The Millside Centre. We look forward to hearing the songs from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds”.

If you are interested in getting involved, please call The Millside Centre on 01274 409661 or alternatively send an email to the

The Millside Centre launched a Job Club on the 9th of April 2018, opening its doors to people around the Bradford district area who are looking for work. Unemployment rate has risen in the city and more people are suffering financially which is having an impact on the well-being of people and their families.

After hours of research and outreach, which involved speaking to local people within the community, it became evidently clear there was a need for a Job Club in the BD1 and surrounding areas.

Focusing on what people have stated as a need we have created a friendly safe space for people to come access computers, meet a friendly team who offer clients 1-2-1 support, help with CV and application forms, job hunting, basic computer training.

Our Jobclub offers support to the unemployed and helps people get back into work which can be overwhelming, it also helps with overcoming barriers, isolation, fear, change, meeting new people going through similar experiences, setting achievable goals and having successful outcomes.

We provide all our clients with a short booklet with helpful hints and tips with positive affirmations and vision boards and goal setting, helping to keep a positive approach to job hunting, keeping notes on the progress they have made and especially building up their confidence. Along side this, we also offer help with universal jobmatch, basic computer training, 1-2-1 support and help with CV’s and application.

The Job Club runs every Monday between 1pm until 3pm, a free service open to all. We provide free WIFI access, ongoing support from various agencies such as Aspire Igen and Incommunites  who offer employability skills, mentoring support, STEP programme (Skills Training Employment Pathway), team building sessions helping people to secure permanent employment.

In early 2017, I started attending a peer support group for men called Andy’s Man Club (AMC). The mission statement of this organisation is to address and tackle the distressingly high number of male suicides by encouraging men to come together and open up about their problems and talk with other, like-minded men. My involvement with AMC has developed over this past year to the point where I have facilitated at the Wakefield club before moving on to the newer Bradford club – which is local to me.

Facilitating these clubs requires me to exercise and promote confidentiality within the group; we use the Chatham House Rules, as well as ensuring and maintaining a non-judgemental atmosphere and attitude. The club is careful to stress that it does not attempt to diagnose, prescribe or imply any professional opinion on any of the service users. Our purpose is to listen and support all who attend in a positive and constructive way by both acknowledging and accepting the difficulties of the men as well as encouraging them to identify and keep sight of the positive elements of their lives, no matter how trivial they may seem. We often have men attend who are in crisis and we ensure that they are listened to with respect and with dignity; in such situations as much time as is needed is given to ensure they feel supported.

During my involvement with AMC, I have seen first-hand the incredible difference the club makes to peoples’ lives, not only those men who attend, but also for their families and friends who have seen dramatic differences in the outlook of those they are close to who have been dealing with mental health difficulties and the like.  Indeed, coupled to our dedicated, social media members’ groups, I have seen incredible, positive changes to many of our club attendees; sometimes over a period of only a few weeks!

The work Andy’s Man Club has been so positive and the movement continues to grow further across the country with new clubs recently being opened in Leeds and Dundee!  However, our work has only just begun and we look forward to further raising awareness and breaking the stigma of men’s mental health with our message of #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

Written by Alex Ripper: Co-Facilitator of Andy’s Man Club Bradford, meeting at the Millside Centre every Monday 7pm (Except bank holidays)

We are excited to be launching an NVQ Level 2 Diploma Beauty Therapy Course (fully accredited) with the award winning Salma’s Beauty Academy. Come along to our OPEN DAY to meet the tutor, get free treatment, free refreshments and find out how you can register on this FREE course. This course is particularly aimed at people who are unemployed, receiving benefits and interested in exploring a career in the beauty industry. If your goal this year is to find a new and exciting pathway to employment doing something you love, then this course is for you.

How long is the course? 

32 weeks. Attended 1 day a week

What does the course include?

The course is delivered with a mix of practical and theory work. The following units are covered:

  • Provide Eye Treatments
  • Provide Waxing Treatments
  • Provide Facial Treatments
  • Provide Manicure Treatments
  • Provide Pedicure Treatments

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by practical observations, written exams and assignments.

When does the course start?

Thursday 1st March 2018, 9:30am – 3pm

We hope to see you soon at the open day!


Millside Centre Team