The number of people getting Coronovirus is rising again across the UK. You must continue to keep yourself and others safe. Wear a mask when in public and when visiting St Augustines - we have free masks at St Augustines which you can collect. Keep 2 metres apart. Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. This is a difficult time as the days are colder, and we are here to help you. Please look after your mental health by continuing to exercise and being in contact with people safely. If you are struggling with loneliness or isolation please call us [...]
Collectively as a team of 50, we walked, ran or cycled 4983 miles in September! Almost 5000 miles - the distance between here and Syria. Next year 9 year old puppet girl ‘Little Amal’, will be walking this distance, see here for more details. We hope very much to be a part of this extraordinary and vital event. Together we have raised... £2500 so that we can continue to develop our open garden next year – THANK YOU! Please find the Go Fund Me link here for any last minute donations We've had some great stories over the [...]
Supporting our community through lockdown The lockdown and government restrictions introduced in March 2020 meant that we were unable to open the doors to our community, however staff and volunteers have worked hard to ensure that service users can continue to access the help that they need. For full information on how we have adapted our services read our Lockdown Report by clicking here.
We're taking part in the Move the Calderdale Way challenge. We have 20 spaces on 2 virtual teams, each team has to collectively walk, run or cycle 50 miles (the length of the Calderdale Way) to raise money for the Centre. Active Calderdale will donate £20 per person who takes part, that's £800 if we can fill all the places! We will collect the miles you have moved at the end of each week, and then at the end of the month we can see how much everyone has done! The challenge runs from 1st September to 30th September, so [...]
Coronavirus in Calderdale Due to cases rising, from 31st July 2020, the Government have announced tighter restrictions in Calderdale. It is important to remember to keep yourself and others safe. These restrictions are in place a minimum of 2 weeks, but are likely to be in place longer. It is also important to remember to continue looking after your wellbeing. Looking after your mental health by continuing to exercise and being in contact with people is so important. If you are struggling with loneliness or isolation please contact the Centre for support - our new support advice line [...]
This website has a collection of useful infographics in 40 different language summarising key points about coronavirus, including some good fact sheets about looking after yourself and your wellbeing. https://covid19graphics.info/
We commissioned a piece of work with artist Ruth Dyer, to represent some key facts about the people we are currently working with at St. Augustine's Centre. This is one of three works that Ruth will be producing for us, which will focus on other aspects of our community. We think it's beautiful! What do you think? We also produced some videos for Refugee Week, which can be found here: https://calderdale.cityofsanctuary.org/2020/06/17/videos-from-st-augustines-centre St. Augustine's Centre is now part of Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary, a group of people and organisations who are working to make Calderdale a safe and welcoming place for [...]
Our website recently went down and removed most of our updated information about coronavirus and our services at the moment. We're working on getting it back up, but in the meantime if you have any questions please email Nia.Jackson-Owens@staugustinescentrehalifax.org.uk, or call the Centre on 01422 352492. Apologies for the inconvenience!
Discussion of the events in the USA and around the world following the death of a black man at the hands of the police. Why this matters in the U.K. Protest and demonstrations against racism. Download Transcript Transcript Episode 23: Black Lives Matter Mark Hello and welcome to Episode 23 of the podcast, English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for intermediate-level learners of English and is produced by a group of volunteer teachers from the Saint Augustine's Centre in Halifax, Yorkshire, where we provide a range of support and advice to those in [...]
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 [...]