Millan Centre

The Millan Centre works in the Manningham area of Bradford, and aims to provide education and social activities in a women-only community space.  In general it is available six days a week, and offers a wide range of courses, groups and activities, including ESOL, gardening, IT, sewing, youth groups, self-defence, plus advise sessions, and a popular over-50s group.

At the Allen Lane Foundation February 2021 meeting, Trustees agreed a grant of £3,000 towards the Millan Centre. This is towards the Safer than Ever project – which will provide group and one-to-one mental health support and counselling to older South Asian women who have seen their mental health worsen during the pandemic.  Around 40 women will benefit over the year, through increased confidence, improved mental health and overall wellbeing, and reduced feelings of isolation and depression.

www.millan.org.uk

 

Ubuntu Women Shelter

Ubuntu is a black and minoritized community specialist charity founded in 2017 by, and for, women with experience of the immigration system in Glasgow. The aim of Ubuntu is to provide advocacy and support for vulnerable and destitute women – those with unclear immigration, no recourse to public funds (NRPF), and women unable to access homelessness, welfare and housing services. It has secured a two-bedroomed property to use as an immediate, temporary and short-term accommodation for women who are destitute and homeless. Staff and volunteers work with them to access secure and safe follow-on housing, and offer wrap-around and intensive support, tailored to individual women’s needs.

Allen Lane trustees agreed a £5,000 grant for Ubuntu Women Shelter at the February 2021 meeting. This will contribute towards salary costs of a new part-time community outreach & housing support worker. This role will help connect around 90 women with outreach services, assist with finding and managing appropriate accommodation, and help women settle and become integrated into local communities.

www.ubuntu-glasgow.org.uk