Take Action – Borders Bill Update

We need your help! It takes a community to take action against the Nationality and Borders Bill The government is planning to introduce new rules to define how our country treats refugees – in a more hostile way. St Augustine's stand in solidarity with our partners in calling the Nationality and Borders Bill the Anti-Refugee Bill, as this is the clear message of its content. The Bill contradicts to the Government's purported aim of “increasing the fairness and efficiency of our asylum system”. Despite their stated intent, the Bill and their New Plan for Immigration consultation which preceded it [...]

2021-10-07T16:52:44+01:007th October, 2021|News|

Orange Hearts of Welcome

This October, it's more important than ever to show that Calderdale stands with refugees and those seeking asylum. We are coming together with the Orange Box young people’s centre and Project Challenge to celebrate people seeking sanctuary at an event at the Orange Box on Tuesday 19th October. This event is in support of the #TogetherWithRefugees ‘Orange Heart’ campaign – which aims to show messages of welcome to refugees (and people seeking asylum) with orange hearts. As part of this event, we want to fill the Orange Box foyer with orange hearts containing messages of welcome. You can help [...]

2021-10-07T12:41:20+01:007th October, 2021|News|

Job Vacancy: Senior Caseworker (Housing)

St Augustine's Centre is looking for a Senior Caseworker (Housing) to start in November 2021, 22.5 hours per week Dealing with housing and destitution issues is approximately 25% of our casework, and finding solutions can be challenging. We are committed to prioritising this work and finding innovative routes forward, which is why we have created this new role.    The Senior Caseworker (Housing) will play a key role in driving the new Calderdale Ending Destitution Group forward with partners, working to end destitution for migrant communities including people with NRPF (No Recourse to Public Funds) across Calderdale. We are looking for [...]

2021-09-27T13:49:55+01:0027th September, 2021|Jobs, News|

The Afghan Crisis: How You Can Help

We have been overwhelmed with offers of help and wanted to provide a bit more information about how you can make a difference directly to Afghan refugees arriving in Calderdale. We are currently in talks with the authorities regarding the situation and will keep our community updated as things fall into place.  We welcome your support in whatever shape it takes and are here to help. Whether you want to volunteer, fundraise, or help us raise awareness, please don't hesitate to message us so we can put you in touch with the right person. We encourage you to email rather [...]

2021-09-23T12:07:52+01:0023rd August, 2021|News|

English for Life in the UK – Theatre in the UK – Northern Broadsides

Season 2, Episode 29 We interview the Artistic Director of a national touring theatre company about what they do and how they work. We also talk about theatre in the West End and elsewhere. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English by listening to native English speakers, talking in a natural way, about a range of subjects.   Today, I'm delighted to say I've got with me: Laurie, and Laurie is the Artistic Director of "Northern Broadsides" [...]

2021-08-16T13:54:07+01:001st August, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Regional Accents and Dialects in the UK

Season 2, Episode 28 We discuss and illustrate a number of the regional variations in how English is spoken in different parts of the U.K. including Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Birmingham, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. We hear the story of Wilfred Pickles who was used in World War 2 to confuse the Nazis. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English by listening to native English speakers, talking in an everyday way, about a range [...]

2021-08-01T14:07:52+01:0029th July, 2021|News, Podcasts|

Healthy Holidays – Summer 2021

Healthy Holidays Club With St Augustine’s Centre and Together We Grow A free summer programme for children aged 5 – 16 from families who are seeking asylum or with refugee status. 10th August – 3rd September All dates are now fully booked except for the following: Thursday, September 2 10AM - 3:30PM Todmorden Adventures Take a guided walk along the ‘Green Route’ and meet the Mayor of Todmorden! Lunch at the Kindness Café Arts and Crafts, lego building Meet at St Augustine’s Centre - transport from Halifax provided.   Please contact Katrina at 07973 444875 to book your place. Our Programme Thursday, [...]

2021-08-16T10:40:39+01:0028th July, 2021|News|

The Nationality and Borders Bill: The UK’s Commitment to Refugees is Under Threat

Following the proposals set out in the government’s New Plan for Immigration, published back in March alongside the consultation that we (and you as individuals contributed to), this week the 'Nationality and Borders Bill' (or more correctly named 'Anti-Refugee Bill by the sector) was introduced to Parliament. It was debated on Monday and Tuesday and passed its second reading with 366 MPs voting in favour and 265 voting against. But there are still many months of discussion ahead before it becomes law… There is no doubt that this is an intentionally provocative and dehumanising law that will see [...]

2021-07-23T11:06:00+01:0023rd July, 2021|News|

Walk and Talk with St. Augustine’s

St Augustine's Centre is a charity that offers a warm welcome and safe space to people seeking support and sanctuary here in Calderdale; together we share food, stories and build relationships. We offer specialist advice on immigration and asylum support, and one to one support with welfare, housing, health and access to wider services. We provide hot meals, English classes, training, cultural, social and wellbeing activities, trips and volunteering opportunities. We build awareness about human rights, campaigning locally and nationally. We began in 1968 as a Church playgroup and in 2009 became an independent charity, continually evolving and [...]

2021-07-22T12:56:32+01:0022nd July, 2021|News|

English for Life in the UK – Soap Operas in the UK

Season 2, Episode 27 A soap opera is a tv or radio drama. We interview one of the writers and ask her to explain what is a ‘soap’, talk about some of the most popular soaps, give examples of story-lines and discuss whether soaps reflect our society. Download Transcript Transcript English for Life in the UK Episode 27:  Soap Operas in the UK Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English by listening to a range of native English speakers, [...]

2021-08-01T14:07:36+01:0012th July, 2021|News, Podcasts|
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