On June 23rd a feisty crew of 17 daring shipmates took to the waters to compete against other charity teams as part of the 2019 Bradford Dragon Boat Festival. The Magnificent Millside Mallards raised much-needed funds for our community centre which works to serve vulnerable people in inner-city Bradford and helps them to improve their lives.

Our team was made up of staff, volunteers and friends/supporters of Millside who all worked very hard and despite only having had one training, they came 23rd out of 39. We would like to thank each of them for giving their time, efforts and energy towards our cause and for all who have given so far. There’s still time to sponsor us on our JustGiving page here. Thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to taking part again next year.

We are delighted to finally reveal our first ever summer program for children and young people.

The Millside Summer Mix is 5 weeks of food, fun and creativity, designed especially for kids who receive free school meals. We are so excited to work in partnership with some amazing and passionate and volunteers providers who will be delivering these workshops.

All sessions are FREE for you to drop in, except for our Cook & Eat session which has limited spaces so cal us now to book your space. Please also note that all children must be accompanied by an adult, except for the Youth Cafe and Creative writing/Radio Production. To see the full list of the summer program please click here.

We look forward to welcoming you here at Millside.

Inspire Yourself personal coaching is offering a FREE six weeks sessions to support and encourage women who have experienced domestic violence to build their self confidence and self belief.

Nina, the coach has personal experience of domestic violence and will use her knowledge to guide and empower women through the programme to take practical and personal steps to a better future.


STARTS ON Friday 28th February 2020, 10:15am – 12:30pm

Millside Centre, 131 Grattan road, BD1 2HS.


To refer yourself or a client, please contact Nina on:

Mob: 07426330933

Email: inspireyourselfpcoaching@outlook.com



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 info@millsidecentre.org

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 info@millsidecentre.org.