About us

The Millin Charity was established in 1999 to meet the needs of a dynamic and diverse local community, and today our staff, trustees and inspiring team of volunteers continue to innovate to fill the gaps that exist in mainstream services, so local people can find a way forward to improve their own and their families’ lives.

Getting further by working together

The Millin Charity’s delivery approach has evolved over the years in response to the changing needs of the local community, but has consistently delivered on our fundamental principle of helping people to get further by working together, leading to increased self-confidence, improved social capital and a deeper awareness of how they can make a difference in the world around them.

‘The word ‘millin’ means ‘togetherness’ in Urdu, Bangladeshi and Hindi – this conveys the fundamental purpose of our charity; for over 15 years we have brought together local people, many of whom have experienced being isolated, under-represented or marginalised in some way, with sources of inspiration, encouragement and help so they can prosper both socially and economically.

New local areas

The charity’s services are in high demand locally, in particular from women who face significant barriers to becoming financially independent. Although our roots are in the West End of Newcastle, increasingly we are reaching out to communities further afield to respond to the need for solutions, advice and support through replicating our tried and tested community-based services including enterprise-based learning and development delivered through our unique Local Women Local Enterprise programme.

Get in touch if you’d like to talk about bringing innovative community-based services that support women on a journey to financial independence to your area.

Meet our staff team

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

Chief Executive

“I want to see real and sustainable progression for people in their local communities, so we can achieve real and lasting change.”

Jacqueline Djeumeni

Jacqueline Djeumeni

Finance Administrator

“I love helping the diverse community that the charity works with, and knowing I’m making a real difference to local people.”

Shewley Haque

Shewley Haque

Charity Manager

“We’ve designed projects that genuinely meet the needs of local people, and delivered in a unique way that makes a real difference to their lives.”

Lynn Carr

Lynn Carr

Tutor and volunteer

“The training courses developed by The Millin Charity are a joy to deliver – they really are unique in the personalised way they’ve been designed”

Kirsty McDine

Kirsty McDine

Development Worker

“I’m so inspired when I see the journey that people go on, and how they shine with confidence, when they join the charity’s community.”

Claire Crawford

Claire Crawford

Volunteer

“After being out of work for so long bringing up my family, I’m getting the experience I need to get a job while helping the charity to make a real difference.”

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Board of trustees

Richard Simpson

Richard Simpson

Chair of Trustees

“Our ambition is for the charity to continue to pioneer developments around empowering communities socially and economically through enterprise”.

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Richard Simpson is a self-employed Public Relations Consultant and Executive Coach, and a non-exec Director at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Richard has been a trustee of the charity since 2009, and was appointed Chair in 2016.
Kerrey Baker

Kerrey Baker

Trustee

“We hope to make a tangible contribution towards addressing issues of poverty and social exclusion by enabling peer support and co-operation.” 

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Kerrey has extensive marketing and stakeholder engagement experience, having held senior positions in the logistics, manufacturing and not-for-profit sectors.  She is currently Head of Member Engagement at Shared Interest Society, a social lender based in Newcastle that supports Fairtrade farmers and artisans in 59 countries, as they work their way out of poverty.
Dinah Bennett OBE

Dinah Bennett OBE

Trustee

“The Millin Charity has so much to offer in the empowerment of people through enterprise. I’m really excited to be part of their future success.”

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Dinah Bennett has enabled people and organisations all over the world to attain enhanced insights into enterprise and entrepreneurship for more than twenty five years, and through her consultancy business ICE (International Consultants in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship), Dinah has persistently pushed the boundaries of current thinking in entrepreneurship.  Dinah was one of the first women to be honoured with the Queen’s Award for Achievement in Enterprise Promotion in 2005, and was awarded an OBE for Services to Women’s Entrepreneurship.
Yasmin Khan

Yasmin Khan

Trustee

“I am passionate about addressing inequalities in the community and as a trustee of The Millin Charity, I hope to support it to grow from strength to strength.” 

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Yasmin has been working with the NHS since 2004, and is currently employed as a Senior Project Manager in Mental Health for NHS England. After graduating from University Yasmin took her first job at The Millin Charity in 2000 as a community support worker, so once she left to progress her career, she was keen to be part of this successful organisation’s onward development and so joined as a Trustee in 2001.