Volunteers are central to every aspect of our work. There are lots of different opportunities to get involved with. We hope to provide structured and supportive volunteering opportunities that suit all interests, skills, availability and levels of experience. Some roles require a regular commitment each week, whereas others can be more flexible or occasional.
Under our volunteering programme, we can help people learn new skills and gain experience in different areas or use their existing skills and knowledge to give back and help others.
Volunteers receive an induction and safeguarding training, have regular peer-support meetings with their team, receive ongoing support and supervision from their Project Coordinator, and can attend further training and development opportunities in relevant areas.
The hosting scheme matches a volunteer with a spare room in their house with an asylum seeker or refugee who have nowhere to stay.
Volunteer hosts provide a warm, safe environment for someone in need by opening up their home to a guest for an agreed time period. The terms of the hosting placement are negotiated between the host and guest on an individual basis.
Ongoing support is provided to hosts and all guests receive support from the destitution service and casework to resolve their problems and move their situations forwards.
If you are interested in becoming a host or would like to find out more please get in touch with the Housing Programme Coordinator.
We are developing a befriending service for people who are isolated, have additional needs that make it difficult for them to access our core services, or would simply benefit from some friendship and extra support.
Get in touch with the Support Programme Leader if you are interested in being part of the Befriending Project.
Donating to the Centre couldn’t be easier – just access our page at give.net and you can make either a one-off payment or a monthly donation. We are also now a listed charity on wonderful.org. They do not charge charities any fees to be listed on their website, which means 100% of your donation goes to the Centre!
If you donate to St. Augustine’s Centre you can be certain that we will use your donation wisely in our work supporting the vulnerable.
Thank you for your support.
Donated Goods – what we can and can’t take
We welcome donations, however, we cannot always take everything due to safety or legal reasons. We would also be grateful if you could call to check our current needs as we have very limited storage at the Centre.
If you are wanting to show your support for the work that we do here, then you can make a financial contribution via our give.net or wonderful.org pages (please note that if you donate via wonderful.org 100% of the donation goes to the Centre). Making a financial contribution (big or small!) is a much better way of ensuring that someone gets what they need, such as uniform for their children or travel expenses to important Home Office interviews.
We are recruiting!
Applications are now open for the position of Centre Leader at St. Augustine’s Centre.
£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 the effective delivery of services.
The Centre Leader will work collaboratively with trustees, staff, volunteers, Centre Users, and local partners to ensure that the valuable and varied work of the centre is continued and developed. He or she will maintain and support the four core values and ethos of St. Augustine’s Centre.
We are looking for someone with a proven track record of leading and motivating a staff team, who has managed a busy charity that highly values its volunteers, who has project and financial management experience and is energetic and decisive with a ‘can do’ attitude.
You will also need:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- A facilitative and supportive management style
- Interest in and knowledge of poverty and injustice, including an understanding of the issues facing refugees, asylum seekers and EU migrants
- Knowledge of fundraising, excellent financial management and strong organisational skills.
For more details and to request an application pack please tel: 01422 365027 or email email@example.com, or write to
John Hellewell, St Augustine’s Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG
The recruitment pack and application form are also available for download below:
Closing date: 2pm on Monday 6 January 2020
Interviews: Friday 17 January 2020. Candidates will need to be available for most of the day.