Trustees & Project Leader

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.

      Jenny Lynn


        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.

            Sara Robinson


              Andrew Jones


                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.

                        Kirstie Rowe

                        Finance Administrator

                          Nia Jackson-Owens

                          Office Administrator

                            Support Team

                            Becky Hellewell

                            Welcome Programme Coordinator

                            Becky coordinates the Welcome Programme, providing advice and ongoing practical and emotional support. As our Senior Caseworker she supports many of the people who come to the Centre seeking help, and also coordinates the volunteers during our Advice Drop-in's.

                              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.

                                  Nikki Clarke


                                    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.

                                        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.

                                          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.