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millennium centre update celebrating 10 years of success and looking to the future

St Helens Millennium Centre is a charity that provides facilities for local & national charities, voluntary groups, NHS and St Helens Council services.

promote the efficiency and effectiveness of charities and voluntary organisations by the provision of office accommodation, conferencing & training facilities, advice and support in the borough of St Helens. Our aim is to

Conveniently located next to the town’s bus and railway stations, the Millennium Centre is at the heart of St Helens.

foreword Over the last decade the Millennium Centre has been developing progressively, and is now fully serving the residents of St Helens.


...this has been a fine example of partnership-working... driven by a common vision and purpose.


Anthony Richards Executive Chairman

On a personal level this has been an extraordinary journey - to take a project from concept to reality has been as thrilling as it has been challenging, and boy has it been challenging! I pay tribute to the Board of Trustees (both past and present) who have supported the project by their selfless dedication, hard work and wise counsel over the years; their only reward being the satisfaction of knowing that the Millennium Centre serves the community of St Helens through its many and varied activities. And of course this has been a fine example of partnership-working, with many agencies and individuals uniting to carry the project forward, driven by a common vision and purpose; there are far too many to mention by name, but let me acknowledge the help of the St Helens District Blind Society, the former St Helens Primary Care Trust, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, the Pilkington Family Trusts and the three Mayoral appeals that were held in 2000, 2002 and 2006. It is gratifying to report that the Millennium Centre is fully operational and is fulfilling its original aims and objectives by facilitating a combination of charitable, voluntary and statutory organisations. And the uptake of use by external organisations in the charitable and voluntary sector has enhanced the centre as a strategically located central resource. Now, the Board’s principal objective is to develop Phase IV of the project; this would give us full utilisation of the land available, and further extend the service that we offer to the charities and voluntary groups of St Helens. Anthony Richards MBE Founder and Executive Chairman June 2011



the Drop-in Lounge, Millennium House (Bickerstaffe Street)

fifty different charitable and voluntary groups now use our facilities for meetings, counselling, therapy sessions, training and conferences - all provided free of charge. Over

In addition to offering office space and meeting room facilities to local charity and voluntary organisations, the Millennium Centre houses a number of vital services to the local community, provided by organisations such as the NHS and St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council. NHS Walk-in Centre No appointment is necessary and the service is open 365 days a year. The centre provides health advice and treatments for minor injuries and illnesses, x-ray facilities and a dedicated physiotherapy room. On the first floor is the Teenage Action Zone, providing sexual health advice and emergency contraception. Pharmacy An on-site pharmacy is able to dispense any prescription (not just from the Walk-in Centre), and is open seven days a week. Free collection, delivery and management of prescription is also available. Visual Impairment Resource Centre Situated on the first floor of the Millennium Centre, the service aims to help visually impaired people remain as independent as possible by offering equipment, advice, training and signposting to other services. Action for Blind People (RNIB) also hold confidential counselling sessions here for visually impaired people and their families. Housing Options and Advice For information regarding homelessness, threatened with homelessness or seeking alternative housing. They can also provide a Court Advocacy service and advice on tenancy rights. Citizens Advice Bureau The Citizens Advice service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality, challenges discrimination and provides advice people need for the problems that they face.


history in pictures

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what a site!

launch of the Millennium Centre Charity Appea

Tony purchases the old Rivoli Cinema for just £97,000

Cllr Patricia Jackson Mayoress (1999/00) presenting a cheque for £110,000

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er plans Tony Richards with Cannon Byworth and Cannon Pe nnington

16/10/99 Windle Hall - left to right: Keith Jones (Trustee) Phillip Ryan (Trustee), Anthony Richards (Executive Chairman), Marie Rimmer (Leader of St Helens Council) and Nicholas Wilding (Trustee)

Cllr Keith Roberts Mayor (2001/02) presenting a cheque for £100,000

Cllr Wil lia Mayor (2005/ m Swift cheque 06) presentin g for £50 ,579.70 a

Phase I

the NHS Walk-in Centre moves into Bickerstaffe Street

Phase II

opening of Millennium House (Bickerstaffe Street) in 2001. Mayor of St Helens Cllr Tony Brown cuts the ribbon


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Phase III on a swelteringly hot day in the middle of Jul y 2006, HRH The Duke Phase III of the Millen of York officially opened nium Centre, further extending the Centre’s facilities


history In 1998 the St Helens District Blind Society identified the need to relocate the Blind Resource Centre (provided by the Social Services) closer to St Helens town centre; at the time the service was located in Parr, which was not very accessible to visually impaired people living in other areas of St Helens. Against this backdrop, Anthony Richards (Chairman of the St Helens District and Blind Society) identified the old Rivoli cinema as a development opportunity; an ideal location in the centre of St Helens adjacent to the town’s bus and train stations. A number of voluntary organisations came on board in these early days. Between them, the Blind Society and the Physically Disabled Society donated the initial deposit for the site. In 1999 the land was purchased and the Millennium Centre (St Helens) Ltd was formed with the aim of developing a brand new purpose-built facility to meet the needs of the voluntary and charitable organisations in St Helens. Between 1999 and 2000, numerous other voluntary organisations pledged their support for the project. St Helens Health Authority had decided to submit a funding bid to the Department of Health for a Walk-in Centre that they proposed could be part of the multiagency resource centre. The bid was successful and £1.8m capital funding was provided to build what is now known as Phase I of the Millennium Centre, largely the NHS Minor Injuries Unit and Walk-in Centre.


Phase II of the development was built to house some of St Helens’ local charities and voluntary organisations, such as Mencap, St Helens Carers and Alcoholics Anonymous. Millennium House, located on Bickerstaffe Street, was designed to house office space and small meeting rooms for these organisations to use. Unused office space was also converted into the Drop-in Lounge, acting as a more comfortable and informal location for counselling and self-help groups to take place in. Finally, Phase III of the project was completed in 2005 and officially opened by the Duke of York a year later. This third phase was funded jointly between St Helens Primary Care Trust, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council and the Millennium Centre to provide a mixture of NHS, local authority and voluntary services including the Housing Advice Centre, the Visually Impaired Resource Centre and the Citizens Advice Bureau. To further enhance the function of the Millennium Centre to the local community, an on-site pharmacy was opened in 2009; the provision of this facility (open seven days a week) was designed to complement the other agencies in the Millennium Centre, although the Pharmacy is open to dispense any prescription. The funding which has made the Millennium Centre project a reality was raised with contributions from many individuals and organisations, and the Board of Trustees are now continuing with plans for Phase IV of the Millennium Centre.

future developments

an Architect’s impression of Phase IV of the Millennium Centre

Phase IV of the Millennium Centre It is the Boards’ intention to develop a fourth phase of the Millennium Centre, with the principle aim being to provide further office space and meeting room facilities to be utilised by the charitable & voluntary organisations of St Helens. The land for the Phase IV site has already been acquired (adjoining the current Millennium Centre building on Corporation Street), and the Board are actively looking for strategic partners to inject funding for the capital expenditure for this site.

St Helens Wellbeing In addition to supporting the local charitable sector, the Millennium Centre is taking the lead in regenerating the people of St Helens’ health and wellbeing; engaging the community by acting as a hub to signpost health and social care information and services via a new website. St Helens Wellbeing will allow people to quickly and easily access information about health and social care, answering common questions and profiling local services that are available.



Anthony Richards MBE

Richard Barton

Anthony Richards MBE Tony is currently the Executive Chairman of the Millennium Centre and Managing Director of local window/door frame supplier Arcoframe. In the late 1990s it was Tony’s vision and leadership that helped to shape the Millennium Centre as it is today. He was a long serving member of the Knowsley Magistrates Bench and Founder of the St Helens and Knowsley Hospice Steering Committee, which culminated in the opening of the new Willowbrook Hospice. Other past voluntary positions include Chairman of the St Helens Physically Disabled Society, St Helens District Blind Society and the local Sue Ryder Home. For many years he was Chief Officer of the St Helens & Knowsley Community Health Council, and also served on the National Association of Community Health Councils. His services for the local community have been recognised by becoming an Honorary Freeman of the Metropolitan borough of St Helens (2000), winning the Entrepreneur of the Year award (2004) and receiving an MBE (2006).


Phil Girling

Pat Jackson

Richard Barton Richard qualified from the Liverpool School of Pharmacy in 1973 and started his career at Whiston Hospital working as a Quality Control Pharmacist. He worked at Whiston until 1980, when he moved to Prescot-based Community Pharmacy; he managed the business for eleven years before eventually buyingout the previous owner in 1991. During the latter stages of his career Richard served on the St Helens & Knowsley Pharmacy Committee (also fulfilling the role of Treasurer) before he retired in 2004. He is currently a member (and past Chairman) of Windle Parish Council. Phil Girling Phil is a chartered Civil Engineer, spending most of his career in a contracting environment in the UK and also working abroad in South Africa. Projects managed include the Prescot Reservoir, A1/M1 Dishforth extension, the Easington gas handling facility and the Malmaison Hotel in Liverpool. Phil is also a former Chairman of the Rainford Round Table.


Keith Jones LLB

Allan Perry

Nicholas Wilding

Pat Jackson When Pat’s children were at school she was an active member of the PTA, later becoming a School Governor for many years. She was also a very active member in her Community which culminated in her becoming a local and Parish Councillor - this lead her on to become the Mayor of St Helens for the year 1999/2000.

Cranfield University he went on to work in Detroit, Luton and at Leyland Truck & Bus. Alan was a senior partner as a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Surveyor in his family business, John Brown & Co, but retired from practice in 2006. He is currently a Trustee of the Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool, and also sits on the Estates Commitee for Willowbrook Hospice.

Pat also helped out at St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Sutton Manor, and more recently in May 2011 became a Parish Councillor of Bold.

Nicholas Wilding Nicholas is a Director and Trustee of the St Helens Theatre Royal and of the Elmet Trust in Yorkshire. He has been the President of the St Helens Amateur Operatic Society for seven years, and is also a Trustee of the Harry & Mavis Charitable Trust and the Hebden Royd and District Swimming Pool Association.

Keith Jones LLB Keith has been involved with the Millennium Centre from its inception. He is a Solicitor who has practised in St Helens for over thirty years and is the senior partner of Barrow and Cook solicitors - one of the oldest practises in south-west Lancashire having been established for over 200 years. Allan Perry Allan gained an industrial scholarship with Vauxhall Motors and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. After graduating at

Nicholas is the Film Archivist of the Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society and also sits on the board of the Mytholmroyd Community Centre and on the Hebden Bridge Old Peoples Welfare Committee. Nicholas runs his own TV production company (Excalibur Productions) and in 2011 screened one of his films at the Imperial War Museum in London.


Charities, voluntary groups and other external organisations that have used the facilities of the Millennium Centre include: Action for the Blind Age Concern Alcoholics Anonymous Apex Charitable Trust Alzheimer’s Society Arch Initiative Autism & Asperger Union Bereavement Social Group British Lung Foundation Citizens Advice Bureau Cancer Support Group Coalition of Disabled People Connect Crosby Training CVS DASH Dual Diagnosis Dyslexia Association Footsteps Home-Start St Helens Halton & St Helens PCT Halton Voluntary Action Honey Rose Foundation Institute of Advanced Motorists Macmillan Cancer Support Group Making Space Mencap Mentoring & Befriending Foundation Multiple Sclerosis Society

Narcotics Anonymous No Secrets Overcomers Pentecostal Assembly Photographic Minds Platform 51 (YWCA) Probation service Princess Royal Trust for Carers RASASC Sefton CVS Self Help Services SHAP Ltd Shaw Trust Shopmobility Social Inclusion Network Starting Point Stonham Tenancy Support St Helens Bereavement Service St Helens Blind Society St Helens District Womens Aid St Helens LINk St Helens MBC St Helens Mind St Helens Physically Disabled soc. Together Group University of the Third Age Voice of Hope Windle Pilkington Carers Group Workers Education Association Working Links

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Millennium Centre Update  

Celebrating ten years of success and looking to the future

Millennium Centre Update  

Celebrating ten years of success and looking to the future