Trustees & Project Leader

Rev. John Hellewell

Chair of Trustees

    Jenny Lynn

    Vice Chair of Trustees

    Jenny has many years' experience in neighbourhood regeneration, and has been involved with the Centre since moving to Halifax in 1995. A Calderdale Councillor for Park Ward since 2012, she also chairs the Square Chapel Arts Centre Trust, and is a member of the Board of Himmat Youth Project. She is Vice Chair of Trustees at St. Augustine's, and her current focus is providing support to the staff team.

      Mark Pattison

      Trustee

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

        Simon Bottomley

        Trustee Treasurer

        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

          Trustee

          Sara Robinson oversees the fundraising for St Augustine's Centre, helping to source the income required to deliver our services and support to the people who need it most. She ensures we regularly apply to Trusts and Foundations, and encourage donations large or small.

          Sara works in the cultural sector as a Producer, Consultant and Coach. Clients include Manchester International Festival, B&AEquals, Clore Leadership Programme, The Performance Ensemble, Leeds 2023, Streetwise Opera, Bronte Society.

            Andrew Jones

            Trustee

            Andrew has been a Trustee since December 2018 and is one of the team guiding and overseeing the running and development of all aspects of the Centre. As well as being a Trustee, he has volunteered in various roles at St. Augustine's, currently helping teach English and also playing in music sessions with asylum seekers and refugees. Andrew formerly managed a health based voluntary organisation and worked in social care with the NHS.

              Katie Clarke

              Katie has worked in the voluntary sector locally and nationally for over 25 years, and brings her experiences, skills and wide networks to the Centre's Board of Trustees.

              Katie established two charities working with families with disabled children and young people, and now runs social enterprises as well as working freelance to train parents and professionals.  She delivers workshops on co-production to ensure that people with lived experience are involved fully in service delivery.

              Katie loves walking and leads the St Augustine's Centre walking group. The Clarke family host refugees and volunteer in Greece and Calais.

                Iman Alharithi

                Trustee

                  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.

                      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

                            Senior Caseworker and 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.

                                Nikki Clarke

                                Support and Integration Worker, Immigration Worker

                                Nikki is the Support & Integration worker at St. Augustine's Centre. She provides advice and ongoing practical and emotional support for people seeking asylum outside of Central Halifax, as well as coordinating outreach and in-house drop-in services.

                                Additionally, she has oversight of Calderdale's Valley of Sanctuary and continues to re-vitalise, expand and grow the project.

                                Nikki has accreditation at the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Level 1 Asylum & Protection and Level 2 Immigration. She delivers advice every through the Transitions Project, in partnership with Refugee Action, Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC) and Solace.

                                  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.

                                        Hafsah Sajid

                                        Early Years Practitioner

                                        Hafsah is a qualified NVQ level 3 Early Years Practitioner with a diploma in Childcare Education.

                                        She has always had the passion from a very young age to work with children, which has finally come true after being on student placement in 2017-2018. She has started her career here at St. Augustine's Nursery, working with children aged 2-4, providing them with good quality learning opportunities that will help them reach their full potential, and also supporting the children and their families to ensure that their individual needs are met.

                                        She is always willing to further her knowledge and development through training and networking with other professionals.

                                          Our History

                                          In 1968 St. Augustine’s Church began running a Pre school play 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, working along the values of community, sanctuary, nurture and respect. 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.

                                          This year our services and activities have been funded by:

                                          Community Foundation for Calderdale Logo
                                          Calderdale Council Logo
                                          Wilfred F Southall Trust Logo
                                          The Brelms Trust Logo
                                          Big Lottery Fund Logo

                                           

                                           

                                          with thanks also to:

                                          The Diocese of Leeds, Family and Social Welfare Council

                                          The Hilden Charitable Trust

                                          The Leigh Trust