With a new year comes new beginnings and new possibilities. We are excited to be working with Andy’s Man Club to launch a new support group for men which focuses on creating a safe space where men can come together, have a cup of tea and talk about various issues affecting them. The group will be meeting every Monday at 7pm (except bank holidays) and their main aim which runs in a form of a campaign #ITSOKAYTOTALK tries to highlight the difficulty men face to open up about their mental health. The first meeting was held Monday 8th January and will be continuing each week, so if you are aware of anyone who would benefit from attending a non-judgemental space with friendly faces and a listening ear, then please inform them about this amazing group. No referrals needed, just turn up but you must be 18 years plus to attend.
To find out more about the groups, read the latest article published in the local paper about Andy’s Man Club here
Millside Centre Team
Last month our ladies Knitting group had a lovely day out to Settle, a beautiful location in the Yorkshire Dales. We had been invited by Judy Rogers to join a group of ladies in a project to “knit the Yorkshire 3 peaks”. This sounded like quite a challenge, although I thought easier than climbing them! We left Bradford on a cold. wet, windy morning which was not ideal weather for the Dales. The route did not seem familiar and we later discovered that our minibus driver had simply followed his sat-nav. I think his settings were on “take all the back roads” as we passed through small villages with narrow streets barely wide enough for our minibus.This was actually quite good as some of our ladies had not visited the Dales before, so they could enjoy the scenic route in dramatic weather.
We received a very warm welcome at The Folly, a beautiful 17th Century House which houses The Museum of North Craven Life. We had a tour of the museum and focused in particular on the excellent knitted projects. Ladies from the Settle group had knitted pictures of the local buildings which were to inspire us with the task set before us.
After being given our instructions we set about creating our individual pieces of knit-work. These were then placed on the pre–painted canvases which were templates of the 3 Peaks. The ladies all actively participated in the project and integrated well with the Settle group.
There was lots of fun and laughter as we worked, with the ladies sharing stories and getting to know one another. We even had a visit from a lady dressed as a rabbit who had us spin her “wheel of fortune”. We all received a certificate in recognition of our participation, with a few receiving special awards for particular achievements.
After a very enjoyable day we headed back to Bradford (this time on a faster more direct route)! The Settle group had made us feel so welcome and the day was well planned with some lovely touches such as the certificates. We plan to gather again in January to complete the projects, hopefully inviting the Settle ladies to the Millside Centre.
Written by Teresa Jack – knitting group volunteer.
We hosted the #bradfordcares forum meeting on 21st September, which brought together a coalition of organisations and individuals working to reduce rough sleeping and begging in Bradford. The new campaign which is due to launch this month aims to improve cooperation among local agencies who are dedicated to supporting this client group but most importantly aims to raise public awareness about the issues surrounding begging in the inner city and surrounding areas of Bradford by empowering people to consider giving in positive ways through the new street support/bradford website.
The “kinder ways to give” campaign will consist of a few planned days of action where different organisations will be encouraged to get involved, working with outreach workers to engage the public and raise awareness.
To find out more the campaign and ways you can get involved, please find the street support website below.
The Millside Centre is excited to be launching a new Talk English course in collaboration with the Meridian Centre starting from September. The Talk English project was set up to provide free English classes for people with low levels of English to not only improve their language skills but to also get better access to services and subsequently become more involved in the community. Lack of spoken English can be a real barrier for a lot of people to engage in society and can leave them feeling isolated and unable to contribute. Talk English provides a space for people to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and also allows them to meet new people, foster friendships as well as begin to break the barriers that was once built through conversation. The course is taught by volunteers and is open to anyone in Pre-entry – Entry 1, however the only criteria is that it’s for those who’ve been living in the UK for 12 months. In Bradford, the project is lead by Shipley College alongside a number community organisations as key partners. According to the Talk English Bradford website, “In the 2011 Census, 4.8% of the population said that they could not speak English well or at at all”, which highlight the huge need in our city to provide free access to classes to enable people to learn.
Do you know anyone who may benefit from Talk English class at Millside? Please refer them to us on: 01274 409 661 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Registration date: Monday 4th September
- Course start date: Monday 11th September
- Crèche available
On Thursday 13th July, the Millside Centre hosted (CRC) Conflict Resolutions Centre’s 10th year anniversary with lots of speakers and great testimonials of the positive impact the organisation has made in the city of Bradford. Since its inception in the DR Congo, this community-led initiative was set up in response to the tension felt by different communities in the UK and tries to promote peace and harmony in our multi-cultural society which in turn breaks down barriers and facilitates peace and understanding . The organisation serves the needs of all communities by running adequate and appropriate peace and conflict-resolution training to community groups, organisations and businesses and provides tools, knowlege and practical means of knowing what to do when conflicts arise.
CRC is now working on a Diaspora Integration Awareness (DIA) project that will endeavour to help refugee and host communities find better ways of engaging and tackling some of the problems and fear each side face. To find out more about CRC Bradford, click on the link below:
As part of Bradford Refugee Week, the Millside Centre hosted a film screening of the ‘The Good Lie’ – which told the story of the lost boys of South Sudan. After fleeing civil war and living in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya for 13 years, they finally get the opportunity to settle in the U.S where they are met by Carrie Davies (Reese Witherspoon) who is charged with finding them jobs. It’s a powerful story of hope, pain, joy and setbacks as the group endeavour to rebuild their lives in a new environment. The film screening was organised to highlight some of the challenges refugees fleeing war and conflict face. We also had a short presentation from Kongosi, who works with new arrivals of refugees in the city of Bradford to integrate and find their place, and connected the movie with the resettlement programme in the UK context. She talked about her role, some of the challenges encountered by her clients as they adjust to a new country, lessons learned and what motivates her as a former refugee to give back. It was great seeing new faces in our centre and most people commented that they really enjoyed the event and how suitable the venue was.
For more information about upcoming events at the Millside, please keep an eye out on our website calendar.
Bradford Family Support Network (BFSN) organised an International Day event at the Millside Centre to celebrate the many diverse cultures that reside in our community. The main purpose of the day was to learn about our neighbours’ cultures, country, currency etc. Members of the group were encouraged to come wearing their traditional attire, and to bring a national dish from their country to be shared with others, which allowed them to explore the world with their tastes buds. Each of them also had a chance to do a short presentation to inform the group more about where they come from as well as learning from their friends. Many cultures, one world. It was indeed a wonderful time to celebrate our differences in harmony.
BFSN work to tackle social isolation, deprivation and promote a safe environment where individuals and families can make friends and have their needs met.
If you are interested to join, BFSN meets every Wednesday, 10:30am -1:30pm.
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The Dad’s Chill and Chat sessions are now up and running every Monday afternoon from 1-3 pm and we would like to invite you along! This is a great opportunity to meet, chat and get to know more about the supportive services available for families and children in the Millside Centre and how to get involved.