Meet the Tenant: Community Horizons CIO

Through our Meet the Tenant feature we hope you’re seeing the wide variety of businesses that partner with us here at the Millfields Trust. In previous blogs, we’ve introduced you to Animangapop Ltd. as well as Eco Environmental Services Ltd. but today we’d like to introduce you to Community Horizons CIO.

What is your name, company name and how long have you been in business?

I am Panteli Chaciaras and I help run Community Horizons CIO. Community Horizons has been operating for about 10 years now.

Meet the Tenant: Community Horizons CIO, Millfields Trust

What does Community Horizons CIO do and who do they do it for?

At Community Horizons we have run many different projects that all focus on helping forcibly displaced women from minority backgrounds. All of our projects have a lot to do with education and share  the same  goal of helping forcibly displaced women with their journey towards education through activities that boost their confidence or allow them to practise their skills.

When and why did you get an office with the Millfields Trust?

We first moved in the HQ building in 2021 and since then we’ve only moved to different offices within the building that better suited our needs as we progressed.

What does an average day look like for your business?

We usually have a lot of paperwork and applications to complete along with meetings we attend to stay up to date with what other charities and organisations are doing. The exciting days are the ones where we have events or projects running and we get to set up and run all sorts of exciting things such as dancing, painting, gardening and many more.

What types of challenges has your business faced in the past, present and possibly in the future?

As with most charities the most common challenge is funding. There are multiple organisations that apply for each funding bid  and although there are many incredible project ideas there is limited funding.Another challenge we often run into is that a lot of our participants have younger children and it’s not always easy to find spaces and adequate help to accommodate that. A forcible challenge of the future would be to identify ways to grow as we progress and run more projects.

Meet the Tenant: Community Horizons CIO, Millfields Trust

If you could have one thing right now for your business, what would it be?

It would be absolutely incredible to be able to provide our participants with access to childcare even if it is only for the duration of our sessions.

Plans for 2023?

We still have some of our projects that are continuing all the way through 2023 and based on the feedback and attendance we receive we will be looking at either running new projects or continuing on where possible.

What’s the best business advice you have ever received? Or, what is your business mantra?

It’s important to have a clear goal and be able to refer back to that. Go through every step of the way and identify how each step has helped you move towards it.

What do you love about Stonehouse?

The things I love about Stonehouse is the community created by the local businesses and the strong bonds of people who have diverse backgrounds in the area.

What do you love about being a business in Plymouth?

What I love about being a business in Plymouth is that there are always opportunities for us to expand our horizons and meet new people through events happening during the year.

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