Thanks to being able to secure further funding from Big Lotteries Reaching Communities, we are so pleased to be able to launch our brand new Women’s Trading Collective, a community enterprise project which is led by women volunteers living in the West End of Newcastle, supported by an experienced woman-only project team at The Millin Charity.
The Women’s Trading Collective project has been set up for unemployed women who have an interest in enterprise and self-employment – whether they have a business idea or not. Women who are eligible to become a member can offer their time to volunteer to make an exciting new community business a real success story, while they gain the confidence, skills, knowledge and ideas they need to get their own business off the ground.
Through becoming a Member Volunteer for the Women’s Trading Collective, local women can:
- Become more confident of being able to earn an income through self-employment or employment, so they can make a positive difference to your own and your family’s lives;
- Develop their enterprise skills and knowledge through accessible, women-only workshops and training courses, many of which are accredited and can lead to a formal qualification;
- Get involved in all aspects of running a community business, to gain the real life enterprise experience they need to successfully work for themselves;
- Meet new people, make friends and contacts in the local community, to avoid needing to ‘go it alone’ if they become self-employed;
- Get introductions to lots of sources of support and advice that are available in the local area, to help women to move forward in many aspects of their lives.
We hope to support 450 women during the 3 year project, and over 20 women have already joined. Their first project is to design, plan, cost, market and sell some lovely fabric and crocheted bunting on a market stall at Gibside in July, developing new skills in how to plan and launch a business while they volunteer.
The formative members of the Women’s Trading Collective are pictured here with their very first bunting that was made with the help of local entrepreneur Shehla xxx who runs her dress design and tailoring business at The Beacon, where The Millin Charity relocated to in December last year.
If you would like to join the Women’s Trading Collective, or would like to find out more about the project, we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch
Over 450 women will be supported through the Women’s Trading Collective over the next 3 years, and help the collective to become a successful and sustainable community enterprise in the West End of Newcastle.