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Since we opened our doors in 2011, one of our missions has been to help and support local groups looking to grow. We’re so proud to have worked with so many creative and passionate local people, who have incubated their ideas at The Mill with the help of a community competition prize. They have brought amazing new activities and workshops to engage the whole community and have brought thousands of new visitors through our doors.

We have learned so much in the last four years of what works (and what doesn’t!), and have honed our approach with feedback from our competition winners. Over the years, we’ve tried different prize packages for the competitions, added a pop-up model, and trained dedicated community mentors.

The story of this journey is told in our new publication – Grow Your Idea. Please click through to read all about the groups and activities that have been born at The Mill, or buy a hard copy from reception for £1.


We currently have no community competitions open. We’re busy fundraising so we can run another one very soon – so watch this space.

In the meantime, why not join in the activities that are taking place through our Step Up programme?