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


Displace Yourself Theatre, a Bradford based arts organisation would like to invite you to a fun and informative event, exploring the transformative way that the arts can support people experiencing social exclusion.

Since January 2017, Displace Yourself have been running Creating Together in partnership with Theatre in the Mill, University of Bradford. These are monthly sessions which provide opportunities for people who might not ordinarily access the arts to develop new skills and try out a range of creative activities. Creating Together is open to everyone, but are particularly relevant to:

  • People who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • People with mental health support needs

We would love you to join us on Wednesday 7th February:

  • For a conversation about how the arts can play a part in supporting mental health, self-confidence and communication skills
  • To learn more about the Creating Together project and how your organisation could be involved
  • Explore barriers to participation and how we might address them
  • Make connections and develop contacts with other local organisations

We would welcome individuals from organisations, as well as inviting them to bring a volunteer or service user who may be interested in learning more.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please register on the Eventbrite link to confirm your attendance.

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 prepainted 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:

  • 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.