Our Work in the community
It is a fundamental part of the Miss Millie's philosophy that each shop should 'put something back' into the neighbourhood where it is located. The partner and staff at each shop raise money for charity (through their own efforts, not money donated by customers) and regularly present a cheque to a local charity or good cause. Over the years the Miss Millie’s team has raised over £70,000 for charity.
For the past 20 years Miss Millie’s has organised and funded the annual Bristol and North Somerset Good Neighbour Awards, which are now judged by Avon Fire Brigade, Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Bristol City Council, St Peter’s Hospice, Kiss 101 radio and the Bristol Evening Post. The annual awards give cash prizes to groups working to improve their community.
As part of its commitment to the local neighbourhood the company has also organised annual Good Neighbour Evenings for more than 25 years. These are annual ‘open door’ evenings in which local people and those with an interest in the company are invited to the shop. They get an opportunity to discuss any issues they may have, and see behind the scenes if they wish.
The Miss Millie’s shops provide freshly cooked hot meals every month (free of charge) to help homeless and disadvantaged people. In Bristol the company provides 40 hot meals every month to the St James Priory Project, a hostel to help homeless and those with drink or drug problems, as well as regularly providing meals to organisations supporting young people in the city.
The shops in Cardiff provide around 40 hot meals every month to the Huggard Centre, which is operated by Cardiff Action for the Single Homeless to provide access to comfort, companionship, help and advice for homeless people of all ages in the city.
The shop in Weston provides around 80 hot meals every month to the North Somerset Young Carers Service, which supports young people aged 5-18 who have to help care for a family member.