November has been quite a month for the team here so far !
We have been shortlisted as a finalist for Social Enterprise/Charity of the Year in the Newcastle Business Awards;
We have 3 free ‘Learn from the Experts’ sessions set up with some amazing local business women who have agreed to share their skills and expertise with you;
We’re planning our December Craft Market which will take place on 10th December;
We’re running our accredited Running an Enterprise Activity course in Gateshead, our first course outside of Newcastle;
Our crowdfunding campaign is almost coming to an end, with 42 Backers pledging over £1,700;
And … we’ve changed our name and we’re relocating to The Beacon – you can read more on this big news below!
The Millin Charity name change
We are pleased to announce have we changed the name of our charity from ‘Millin Centre’ to ‘The Millin Charity’.
The word ‘Millin’ means ‘togetherness’ in Urdu, Bangladeshi and Hindi. For over 15 years this charity has brought together people in the West End of Newcastle with sources of inspiration, encouragement and help so they can prosper, socially and economically. We have achieved this by working together with our staff, volunteers and trustees, our partners and funders, and thousands of residents in the local community.So ‘Millin’ conveys perfectly our aim of bringing people together:
- To become empowered
- To make connections
- To access opportunities
We passionately believe in the part we can play in delivering long-term sustainable social change for the people who are living in the 10% most deprived areas in Newcastle and surrounding areas. We are committed to continuing to work together until we have achieved our vision of local communities becoming places where inequality, exclusion and poverty have been overtaken by choice, ambition and opportunity.
We’re moving to The Beacon
Our other big news this month is that between now and January 2017 we will be relocating from the Millin Centre on Ellesmere Road to a new location in Elswick Ward – The Beacon on Westgate Road, in the ground floor space right opposite the cafe.
This move will lower our premises and running costs, which is critical to our long-term survival. Importantly it will also improve access to our services for local people, and provide the space local women need to trial trade their products and services on their journey to financial independence, supported through our Local Women Local Enterprise project.
We’ll look forward to welcoming you to our new premises in the new year!