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You are being invited by Artworks to take part in an art project to celebrate Refugee Week in June. It’s open to anyone of any age living in Calderdale. Take part by making something about you and sending it before the 5th June by text or email to join thousands of other contributions from across our valley. Whatsapp / text: 07914863892 or email: info@theartworks.org.uk with your name, age & postcode Your contributions will become part of a collective artwork shared during Refugee Week 15-20 June. Follow the link to the website for some ideas for your contribution: https://www.theartworks.org.uk/here-i-am It can [...]

By |2020-05-15T11:36:00+01:0015th May, 2020|News|Comments Off on HERE I AM

The History of the May Bank Holiday

The early May Bank Holiday falls on a Friday this year to commemorate VE Day. Our VPR Support Worker, Jihen, spent some time looking into the history of the May Bank Holiday and compiled this document (also translated into Arabic) for some of her clients. We thought we'd share it as it is very interesting and a useful tool to learn some history! May Bank Holidays in English May Bank Holidays in Arabic

By |2020-05-05T09:48:11+01:005th May, 2020|News|Comments Off on The History of the May Bank Holiday

Artist needed!

Thanks to all who made a submission - we have now chosen an artist and submissions are closed.       VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF OUR CENTRE USER’S NEEDS: pre and during CV-19 Introduction We work with 600 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, a third of whom are in family groups. They come from approx. 40 countries and speak 52 different languages. Some have been granted leave to stay in the UK, but most are involved in lengthy, legal negotiations with the Home office for the right to be in this county. This process often goes on for years. It can [...]

By |2020-05-07T10:41:24+01:0024th April, 2020|News|Comments Off on Artist needed!

Food parcel delivery service for Park Ward and Warley areas.

We are now working in partnership with Halifax Opportunities Trust and Himmat to deliver food parcels in individuals and families in Park Ward and Himmat. Referrals and deliveries only. Contact Haleema or Michelle (details on flyer) if you need a parcel. If you need support doing this then you can contact the Centre's advice line 07743045625 / 07756262024

By |2020-04-16T14:04:54+01:0016th April, 2020|News|Comments Off on Food parcel delivery service for Park Ward and Warley areas.

Items currently in need for our ‘Clothes Hangar’

We are currently in need of coat hangers and men's shoes. Items can be dropped off at our reception Monday - Thursday, 10am to 3pm. The Clothes Hangar is also open Friday 10am to 12pm, during which items can also be dropped off.

By |2020-03-09T15:06:48+00:009th March, 2020|News|Comments Off on Items currently in need for our ‘Clothes Hangar’

Join our team!

We have another exciting opportunity to join the team here at St. Augustine's Centre! We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to become part of our hardworking and dedicated team, as a Support and Integration Caseworker. This post will involve the provision of a holistic service of practical advice and support to people seeking asylum across Calderdale, with the aim of smoothing their integration into the local community. This role will also dedicate time to Calderdale's Valley of Sanctuary group, organising and facilitating monthly sessions. The Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form are available for download below. Email info@staugustinescentrehalifax.org.uk [...]

By |2020-01-07T10:36:39+00:007th January, 2020|News|Comments Off on Join our team!

We are recruiting!

Applications are now open for the position of Centre Leader. £34,788 pro rata 81%, equivalent to £18.03 per hour, National Joint Council spinal column point 32 (depending on experience) 0.81 whole time equivalent, (30 hours a week) St. Augustine’s Centre on Hanson lane in Halifax has been working with diverse communities for over 50 years providing a welcoming place of support, sanctuary, and community.  We are Calderdale’s specialist support centre for Refugees and Asylum seekers, alongside others who need our services. We are looking for a Centre Leader who will have responsibility for providing clear leadership, management and ensuring [...]

By |2019-12-03T11:13:45+00:003rd December, 2019|News|Comments Off on We are recruiting!

Poems by the Language Cafe, inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay

Every Wednesday afternoon we have Language Cafe in the Community Centre. These sessions are a great opportunity for people to come together to practice their conversational English and meet new people. It is a valuable addition to the range of English classes our dedicated volunteers provide each week. As you may have seen, we were asked to take part in this year's Halifax Festival of Words. We had a number of performances: a rap, music from the St. Augustine's Centre band, and poems read by the Language Cafe. These poems were written during the Wednesday Language cafe sessions, they were [...]

By |2019-10-15T11:52:29+01:0015th October, 2019|News|Comments Off on Poems by the Language Cafe, inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay

Do something #wonderful!

Many of the families we work with face significant hardship and live in extreme poverty. It is that time of year again when children are getting excited about starting a new school or new class, and being with all their friends again. These families cannot afford to pay for the specific uniform required by the new school, and also cannot afford to keep up with their children's growth spurts. It is a very stressful time for these families and their children miss out on the new school excitement that the rest of their classmates get to experience. We are doing [...]

By |2019-09-06T14:54:06+01:006th September, 2019|News|Comments Off on Do something #wonderful!

Bank holiday closure

We are closed Monday 26th August for the bank holiday. We will be open again on Tuesday for the drop-in and Community Lunch.

By |2019-08-19T09:58:31+01:0023rd August, 2019|News|Comments Off on Bank holiday closure