About Us 2017-09-12T14:14:47+00:00

Trustees & Project Leader

Vicky Ledwidge

Centre Leader

As Centre Leader, Vicky has oversight of running the charity on a day to day basis, strategic development, partnership and networking, and ensuring sustainability for the future of the charity. She has 20 years’ experience of running charities and major projects, holds a Level 7 qualification in Business Improvement and Contract Management, and is passionate about supporting marginalised people. She joined St. Augustine’s Centre in 2014, having previously worked for The Boaz Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence and Alpha.

    Rev. John Hellewell

    Chair of Trustees

      Jonathan Hirst

      Secretary Trustee

      Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for what happens at the Centre, ensuring it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes. The Secretary assists the Chair in ensuring the smooth running of the Board of Trustees.

        Linda Maslen

        Linda Maslen


          Team Member

          Leona Binner


            Jenny Lynn


              Jamie Johnson


              Helps with job searches, enjoys working in the garden and playing football.

                Mark Pattison


                Mark supports the work of the Centre and makes sure it is doing what it should be doing. He is also a volunteer and teach English.

                  Simon Bottomley

                  Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for what happens at the Centre, ensuring it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes. The Treasurer Trustee assists the Chair and Secretary in ensuring the smooth running of the centre along with the rest of the Board of Trustees.

                    Operations Team

                    Denise Keenan

                    Centre Champion & Founder of St. Augustine's Centre

                    Denise is the Founder of St. Augustine’s Centre, and now volunteers with us on Reception. She can help with anything you need!

                      David Potter

                      Care Taker

                      David is the caretaker for St Augustine’s Centre. He joined the centre in November 2012 and is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the both buildings i.e. the centre is opened for business when required.

                        Laura Hinks

                        Communications and Engagement Coordinator

                        Laura joined the St Augustine’s team in October 2016 as Office Administrator supporting the team in the office with administration, finance and business needs. Laura has experience in delivering various projects and events, most recently as Office Manager and Project Coordinator for Marketing Halifax. Her studies and extensive employment background have allowed her to take on some really exciting opportunities within the arts, community and educational environments which in turn led to her travelling & teaching English abroad in Australia and South Korea. She loves being a part of the St. Augustine’s family and now looks after Communications and Engagement. Laura is currently on Maternity Leave.

                          Paula Mitchell

                          Paula began as cleaner at St Augustine’s in 2012. Paula is a very dedicated member of staff and ensures that the Community Building, Nursery and Support building are kept tidy, clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

                            Support Team

                            Becky Hellewell

                            Welcome Programme Coordinator

                            Becky coordinates the Cafe, providing hot meals and a warm place to socialise and the Welcome Programme, providing advice and ongoing practical and emotional support.

                              Sue Degnan

                              Employability Project Coordinator

                              Sue joined the team at St Augustine’s Centre in May 2015, after having had a very varied career. She oversees the Job Search Drop Ins, ESOL classes, and other more vocational training courses, and supports the volunteers who run these classes. Sue and her team of volunteers aim to encourage centre users to integrate fully into UK life through education, training, volunteering and employment. Sue is keen to see every person who comes to St Augustine’s not only survive in the UK, but thrive in the UK.

                                Audrey Smith

                                Housing Project Coordinator

                                Audrey is new to the job but not to the centre. She  joined the support programme in January 2017, working predominantly to support people in transition, along with a team of dedicated volunteers.  The main focus is preventing homelessness and helping people keep tenancies.   She is also responsible for coordinating the volunteers from the hosting project.  Her links with St Augustine’s started when she moved here in 1998 and she was taken under Denise’s wing! Like many of the centre users she feels that its inclusive nature have made it a great place to be  a part of. Over the last 16 years working with refugees and asylum seekers has been her main focus. She is passionate about social justice and has many links within the community. The new role is challenging and exciting and gives the chance to advocate on behalf of those new to the UK, but also to work with a fantastic team all dedicated to improve access to services and raise awareness of the issues faced by refugees.

                                  Nursery Team

                                  Karen Hammond

                                  Nursery Manager

                                  Karen is our Nursery Manager. She has a BA in Early Years with Early Years Professional Status and a Level 5 in Leadership and Management. She is also SENCO and Child Protection Officer for the Nursery. She has worked in the St Augustine's Nursery since 1991.

                                  Her training in childcare started in 1989 with a City & Guilds course in Community Care and the Open University course ‘The Pre-school Child’. During her time at the Centre she continued with a Level 3 in Childcare and Education and in 1997 branched out into Adult Education, teaching Early Years and Childcare to others.

                                  She is passionate about Early Years and feels her most important role is in helping children to enjoy learning and achieve as much as they possibly can.

                                    Carmen Marson

                                    Deputy Nursery Manager

                                    Carmen Marson is a qualified Early Years Professional who joined the St. Augustine's Centre in 2014, working as our Deputy Nursery Manager leading the Nursery Staff Team in providing high quality care for the children and their families of the local area.  She is committed to safeguarding and promoting the education and well-being of children at all times.  She works closely alongside parents and other professionals, forming positive relationships with the intention of promoting and reinforcing children’s independence and self-esteem.

                                      Samera Khan

                                      Early Years Practitioner

                                      Samera is an Early Years Practitioner who has been working with us since 2014. Samera prides herself in providing a happy, safe and stimulating environment for the children in the nursery. She also has a good relationship with parents and uses her bilingual skills to communicate with them effectively.

                                        Erica Wilkinson

                                        Early Years Practitioner

                                        Erica is a qualified Early Years Practitioner who joined St Augustine’s Nursery in September 2005. She works with parents and other professionals, helping to provide the best care for the children who attend the nursery. She has two children of her own.

                                          Sunnia Younis

                                          Early Years Practitioner

                                          Sunnia is a qualified level 3 Early Years worker. Sunnia joined the St Augustine’s centre in 2011, she works in the nursery room alongside other qualified early years workers in providing high quality care for children and their families. Sunnia works closely with parents forming positive relationships to help promote the developments of children.

                                            Asma Shaheen

                                            Early Years Practitioner

                                            Asma is a qualified Early years Practitioner with NVQ level 3. She joined St Augustine’s as a student in 2005 and became an employer the following year in 2006. She is a hardworking and dedicated member of the team who works with parents and other professionals to ensure the children receive the best care whilst at nursery. She also has a child of her own.

                                              Sobia Naeem

                                              Early Years Practitioner

                                              Sobia is a room leader at St Augustine’s nursery with a level 5 foundation degree in Early Years. She is a full time staff member and joined St Augustine’s in January 2007 when she started as a student on placement. She is a determined and enthusiastic member of the team. She takes the lead in children’s planning, giving children the opportunity to choose activities and resources of their choice. Sobia enjoys working with children and is a key worker to 12.

                                                Our History

                                                In 1968 St. Augustine’s Church began running a parent and toddler group. They soon extended this to community lunches, ESOL classes and social activities in response to local need. The work grew over the years, and when Calderdale became a dispersal area for the asylum process in the early 2000s the outreach extended to people who needed help to settle into life in the UK.

                                                St. Augustine’s Centre became an independent charity in 2009, and provision continues to expand. We are a community centre for anyone who needs help, advice or support, still rooted in the Christian values founded by St. Augustine’s Church. We welcome the vulnerable and care for all, regardless of faith, ethnicity, background or any other factors. People access support and advice in a warm and welcoming environment, and find community here.

                                                Our Funders and Partners

                                                We are immensely grateful to everyone who funds our work, in particular individual donors and grant-giving organisations.

                                                We currently receive funds from the following places:

                                                Community Foundation for Calderdale Logo

                                                The Community Foundation For Calderdale is a philanthropic advisor to individual donors and businesses locally, a strategic grant making foundation and community leader.

                                                Calderdale Council Logo

                                                Calderdale Council is the local area authority covering the district of Calderdale.

                                                NACCOM - The No Accommodation Network Logo

                                                NACCOM is a national network of members preventing destitution amongst asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.

                                                Wilfred F Southall Trust Logo

                                                Wilfred F Southall are a Quaker family trust set up in 1937, and our policies reflect the values of the Religious Society of Friends.

                                                The Brelms Trust Logo

                                                The Brelms Trust is a small Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), originally set up as a Charitable Trust in 2007, offering grants to a wide variety of charities and community projects.

                                                First Fruits Logo

                                                Firstfruits are a grant making charity and is able to provide the funding for charities and organisations working with those families and individuals in desperate circumstances.

                                                Big Lottery Fund Logo

                                                The Big Lottery Fund distribute millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK.

                                                Scurrah Wainwright Charity Logo

                                                The SWC supports a wide range of charitable projects with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of social inequity.