Women’s Trading Collective
In April 2017 The Millin Charity launched the Women’s Trading Collective, an innovative, 3 year project funded through Big Lottery Reaching Communities and Newcastle Fund.
As members of the collective women can gain the full range of services available through Local Women Local Enterprise, whilst embedding and developing their knowledge through volunteering to set up and grow a women-led community enterprise which will become a self-sustaining legacy for local community in the West End of Newcastle.The Women’s Trading Collective will serve as a test-bed and platform to actively support and encourage women to launch their own businesses.
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. To become a member they need to be able to offer their time to volunteer to make the trading collective a real success story as a new community business.
Through volunteering their time women can trade their contribution for participation in Local Women Local Enterprise learning and development activities, as well as meeting new local people and building the confidence and ideas they need to get their own businesses off the ground.
* Eligibility criteria apply – please check with the WTC project staff team
Impacts and outcomes
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 their own and their 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 ‘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.
Thank you to our Funders