Volunteers Week 2021 – Interview with Ali

As part of Volunteers’ Week, June 1-7, we have been highlighting the amazing work of our volunteers which help us to provide our much-needed services and support. We caught up with one of our volunteers, Ali, to find out a little more about her role and what volunteering means for her. Maybe she’ll inspire you to volunteer, too! Hi, Ali! Where are you from? Hebden Bridge What is your volunteer role? For St. Augustine’s I’m an ESOL tutor, and for the Staying Well Project I’m a Befriender. How long have you been volunteering for St. Augustine’s? Not [...]

2021-06-03T13:48:31+01:003rd June, 2021|News|

Volunteers Week 2021

All week, 1-7 June 2021, we are celebrating our volunteers and the contribution they make to our work. A message from Su, our Volunteers Manager: Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at St. Augustine's. We have an amazing team of around 150 volunteers who offer their skills, time and compassion to make a difference to the lives of people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants in Calderdale. Our volunteers cook and serve hundreds of meals each week. They interpret, assist with casework and offer welfare support.  They collect, sort and deliver donations of food, clothes, [...]

2021-05-28T14:13:58+01:001st June, 2021|News|

Together With Refugees

10 May 2021 Today, we join Together With Refugees, a new coalition of more than 100 national, local, refugee-led and grassroots groups, who believe in showing compassion to people fleeing war, persecution or violence.  Together, we are calling for a better approach to supporting refugees that is kinder, fairer and more effective. This means standing up for people’s ability to seek safety in the UK no matter how they came here. It means ensuring people can live in dignity while they wait to hear if they will be granted protection. It means empowering refugees to rebuild their lives and [...]

2021-05-10T14:29:32+01:0010th May, 2021|News|

St Augustine’s Centre Response to New Immigration Plan

What is the government's plan for immigration? How can you help protest this plan? What is the government's plan for immigration? In March 2021 the government published its ‘New Plan for Immigration’ alongside a consultation on new immigration rules. The consultation ends on May 6th at 11.45am. It has been a rapid process and the questions within the consultation itself are confusing. St Augustine’s stand against these plans. We believe they are a hodgepodge of cruel measures that are irrelevant to government’s own failing system and will inhibit people who are fleeing war and persecution, to rebuild [...]

2021-05-06T10:48:11+01:0029th April, 2021|News|

English for Life in the UK – Easter in the UK

Season 2, Episode 20 The importance of Easter to Christians and the Easter story. Easter as a pagan festival. Modern U.K. traditions at Easter. Easter in some other countries. Symbolism and metaphors. Download Transcript On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. On Maundy Thursday, The Queen distributes special Maundy money to local pensioners in a service which remembers Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles at the Last Supper. On Good Friday in the afternoon Christians remember that Jesus was crucified In Golgotha. At Easter children love to [...]

2021-05-20T21:07:45+01:007th April, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Wildlife in the UK

Season 2, Episode 17 An introduction to this podcast and a summary of our first session on the history of migration into the U.K. Download Transcript Red Kites are very popular they have brownish-red feathers and a forked tail A carpet of bluebells - it is as if the whole of the woods have been covered in a blue carpet Puffins are funny looking birds that are black and white with orange webbed feet and a big stripy beak Scotts Pine are a conifer with a tall bare trunk with the branches and needles [...]

2021-05-07T09:20:47+01:007th April, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – The Census

Season 2, Episode 19 What is the census? Historical examples of the census. How the census changes over time. The census 2021 and how it will be used. How to talking about obligation in English including ‘to have to’ and ‘must’. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for people who want to improve their English by listening to native speakers talking about different subjects and at the same time learn about life in this country. I'm joined today by John and Sheena. [...]

2021-05-24T10:53:30+01:0029th March, 2021|News, Podcasts|
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