B Collective is The Millin Charity’s exciting social business, developed from the Women’s Trading Collective project, which aims to create collective support and trading experiences for local women.

B Collective offers ethically produced, environmentally friendly, design-led products and provides opportunities for women to gain enterprise experience & skills through participating in the running of the business. All profits are invested back into our projects to support local women. We are thrilled to have been working with Corinne Lewis-Ward of Powder Butterfly who has designed the fantastic new range, Same Difference. The range includes organic cotton t-shirts and bags and fully recyclable coffee travel cups. Click here to read more and to read about the story behind the designs.

The new range of products are available to be purchased online and from our base at The Millin Charity’s base at The Beacon, Westgate Road.

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The Millin Charity secures funding with the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund

We are thrilled to announce that The Millin Charity has secured funding through the Natwest Skills and Opportunities fund to deliver our A Chance To Trade Project. The #ACHANCETOTRADE project will support unemployed women to fast-track their enterprise idea from a product or service they make at home to one they sell to the public.

We were shortlisted for the funding back in March 2018, with the final decision being left to a public vote. We received so much support from all our friends, service users and supporters and were thrilled with the outcome. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us thus enabling us to deliver this fantastic project.

The #ACHANCETOTRADEPROJECT will be launched in September 2018 and will  offer one-to-one support, access to accredited enterprise training, business workshops, trading support and opportunities to sell at markets.  We will be holding an opening day on Tuesday 18th September for women to come along and find out more. Click here for further information. 

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Job Vacancy: Project Coordinator – ‘A Chance to Trade’ Project

The Millin Charity has been running since 1999, helping local people facing significant challenges in their lives; providing access to a range of services and local links, enabling people access provision that most suits their own needs. We have been helping people become socially and economically empowered, and more capable of making an active contribution to the local community, bettering their quality of lives. Over the years, the charity has been delivering to women in particular, who face significant barriers to becoming financially independent.

Through funding received from the NatWest Skills Opportunities Fund, we plan to deliver our #ACHANCETOTRADE project and looking to recruit a Project coordinator to join our team.
The appointed person will work to deliver the ‘A Chance to Trade’ Project which aims to enable unemployed women to fast-track their enterprise idea from a service or a product that they make at home to trading to the public. This will be delivered through a unique Enterprise Training Programme with a focus on supporting women to explore and become self-employed.

The candidate will have Working knowledge and experience of delivering projects / new initiatives within a community setting and experience of giving advice and guidance on a one-to-one basis.

This post is a fixed term contract funded until the end of March 2019 with a possible extension of contract depending on funding.

This role is for a female applicant due to the nature of the role and the client group we plan to engage. Equality Act 2010 Sch.9 (para.1) applies.

Salary:     £25,000 pro rata
Hours:     17 hrs per week
Pension   6% employer contribution


Click here to download the A Chance To Trade Project Coordinator Application PackApplications must be be returned by Monday 27th August 2018.

Interviews to be held: Wednesday 5th September 2018

If you require any further information or would like a chat, please contact Shewley Haque via telephone or email shewleyh@themillincharity.co.uk

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Get Involved with our Exciting Community Enterprise and Learn New Skills that will Help you with your Own Business Ideas!! 

The Women’s Trading Collective is an innovative women-led community enterprise project created by The Millin Charity to help women to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to make progress on their journeys to financial independence.

We have opportunities for women to get involved in sessions and tasks geared around different elements of running a business and to gain the transferable skills that will help them with their own businesses.

‘Find Out More!’ Session 
We will be holding a session for women to come along and find out more about our community enterprise and how to get involved on Friday 13th July 11.00am-1.00pm at our Enterprise Hub at The Beacon, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9PQ. This will be an opportunity to sign up to workshops, meet one of our designers and find out more about Women’s Trading Collective Products!

Meet the Designer
We are currently working with local designer Corinne Lewis-Ward who runs her own creative business producing landmark themed gifts. She will be sharing her own experience about designing products for high street retail and what needs to be considered when running this type of business. Corinne will also bring some sample produts to showcase and answering any questions you might have about starting a business. 


What Opportunities are Available? 
There will be opportunities to get involved in the following; 

  • Work with local designers to come up with designs for brand new products for the Collective to sell.
  • Shadow a photographer to learn how to best capture professional product shots
  • Work with the marketing & social media provider to promote and publicise the Collective and products for sale
  • Come along to Sales events and help to sell products
  • Help get products ready to sell (preparing labels and packaging)
  • Be part of the process of creating of a brand-new website for the business

You can join the workshops that are focused on the areas that you want to learn about the most! Opportunities within other areas will arise as the business develops.

Get in touch
Get in touch to register your interest and to book a place at the ‘Find Out More’ session. We will then notify members when workshops and sessions are announced. 

This project is supported by a grant from the Virgin Money Foundation. 

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Exciting News for The Women’s Trading Collective

We are pleased to welcome a new member of staff to the team, Corinne Lewis-Ward!  Corinne has joined us as The Business Development Coordinator for our Women’s Trading Collective Project and will be working to develop products for the project to sell to generate a profit that will be re-invested in to the charity.

The Women’s Trading Collective is an innovative women-led community enterprise project which enables women to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to make progress on their journeys to financial independence through taking part in workshops and sessions geared at developing the WTC as a business.

Corinne has her own business, Powder Butterfly, which produces products and gifts inspired by the architecture and landmarks of British cities, so will be bringing her expertise with business development and design to the project.

To find out more about the project and to get involved, get in touch today.

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