Our Regional Partners
This project is part funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Life Chances Fund, and administered by The National Lottery Community Fund.
The Skill Mill
Labour Party Conference
Thanks to Big Society Capital who arranged for The Rochdale Skill Mill supervisor Matty Jones to attend the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. Matty spoke on the panel titled:
“Unlocking Britain’s Future: Can socially motivated investment create better chances for young people?” RH Justine Greening Chair.
Supporting Local Food Banks
Working alongside supermarket chain Morrisons, we've been busy supporting local Food Banks. It's been fantastic to support members of the local community by helping out! Our young people are looking forward to helping out again in the coming weeks.
The team have been carrying out environmental improvement works at Champness Hall. See the fantastic feedback below:
"As a trustee of Champness Hall, I would like to thank your organisation and Mathew and his team for the exceptional work they have achieved in supporting our charity to clean up our car park and surrounding areas. Not only does it now look good, but safer for the other charities who operate within our building.
Your organisation also offers support and assistance to young people trying to get back to being good citizen's, credit to them. Again, thank you very much."
Barry Worrall Champness Hall Trustee
Building birdhouses with Canal & River Trust - a great way to develop skills, whilst supporting the local environment. Thanks to North West CRT for the training!
Low Bank Residential Home
The team have been carrying out some environmental improvement works at Low Bank Residential Home. Residents were delighted with the work, and enjoyed meeting our young people.
Milnrow Local Live Events
The Skill Mill Rochdale/Bury are proud to be working with their local Co-op Member Pioneer. You can join in with the Co-op community, and find out more at two upcoming live events! Join in Live Local is all about staying regularly connected with Co-op members and customers in their communities, and the Milnrow Co-op Heritage Walk is all about Milnrow's hidden cooperative history. Click the links and save the dates!
Milnrow and Newhey Blog Post
Milnrow and Newhey are two neighbouring villages in the borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester. Their website aims to provide a comprehensive directory of local businesses, local news, and a guide of things to do, encouraging residents to support local businesses and explore the area.
Milnrow Community Forum
#TeamSkillMill attended the first ever Milnrow Community Forum last week. The event was organised by Co-op Member Pioneer, Jenny Allen.
The event was a great opportunity to network with other organisations in Milnrow who have an interest in their local community. We look forward to meeting with the group again in the near future.
The team have completed some clearance works for Action Together Rochdale. The feedback received has been fantastic:
"Just want to say a MASSIVE thanks for all your hard work yesterday filling the skip with your young people.
They were a credit to you and the service. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and we now have a nearly empty garage!"
Neighbourhood Facilitator (Rochdale) Action Together
North West Canal and River Trust
The Canal and River Trust are a charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways. They work with volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better. The Skill Mill Rochdale/Bury are now working alongside the North West Canal and River Trust.
Mind Charity: Rochdale
The team have been carrying out work for their local Mind branch, they've received some outstanding feedback. "It was a pleasure meeting your team the other day and on behalf of Rochdale and District Mind, I would like to extend our thanks for the great job your guys have done on our car-park, it looks brilliant and a huge improvement to the area, it is greatly appreciated". Abdul Razzaq, Rochdale Mind.
Syke Woods is a popular attraction for visitors. The team have been cleaning it up. The young employees enjoyed spending some time in such a beautiful woodland.
Parks and Open Spaces
The team have been out cleaning up local parks and open spaces. Newly cleared spaces and a sense of ownership inspire community pride!